Ephrata Cloister, Ephrata

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#4 of 6 in Historic Sites in Lancaster County
The Ephrata Cloister or Ephrata Community was a religious community, established in 1732 by Johann Conrad Beissel at Ephrata, in what is now Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. The grounds of the community are now owned by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and are administered by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.

Marie Kachel Bucher, the last surviving resident of the Ephrata Cloister, died on July 27, 2008, at the age of 98.
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  • August 8, 2017
    The tour of this Cloister began with a video of the history of the man who started it. Then we took a self guided tour of the buildings on the property using a map and our cell phone for more informat...  more »
  • August 4, 2017
    The history of the cloister was very interesting and they make it easy to visit, having guided and unguided tours. We ended up doing both. The guide was extremely knowledgeable and had facts and stori...  more »
  • August 2, 2017
    I took my 15 year old son here for a visit. We walked the site and then did the tour. Our guide was very informative. The site provides and interesting look at the life a now non-existent religious or...  more »
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  • June 27, 2017
    Come tour this preserved religious outpost that had its hey day in 1750. It's been "park-ized" - sidewalks and manicured lawns which makes it beautiful but hides what it must have been to actually live there. Be sure to look at the pictures of the place from 1900's which will give you an idea how un-idyllic it was.
  • June 28, 2017
    The setting is outstanding, with such an atmosphere of calm, serene, and tranquility. Informative too, giving a glimpse to the colonial days of America.
  • July 8, 2017
    Huge trees have calming, soothing effects. 1000 your was very informative, insightful.
  • March 13, 2017
    I volunteer here. I'm a little biased. The historians know their stuff, the site is clean and beautiful. It's just a really nice place where you can learn fun history too!
  • December 28, 2016
    What a wonderful piece of history tucked away and beautifully preserved. Our tour guide was very informative and we enjoyed wandering the grounds and catching a small glimpse into the past. Well worth the $10 admission per person.

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