Ephrata Cloister, Ephrata

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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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  • Lucky to have a be apart of this historical site. My family has ties to the sect that settled here at the Cloister. Learn about the Anabaptists here at the Cloister.  more »
  • This is a very unusual place where the religion/way of life was quite strict and difficult. There were only three of us on tour, which made it easy to ask questions and to explore all the places. Our ...  more »
  • The Cloisters are an excellent example of the lives of 1732 German settlers, a community consisted of celibate Brothers and Sisters, and a married congregation of families. You need to be there to hea...  more »
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  • The tour is really great, and tour guides are extremely knowledgeable. They have many interesting anecdotes about this unique community, that give a vivid image of life in the 1700’s. You can only go into a few of the buildings and only on the first floor, but you are still able to see many of the rooms and furniture.
  • The Ephrata Cloister was a surprise for sure! Nicholas our tour guide was so much fun and loved his job! He is full of jokes and made the most out of your time while visiting the Cloister! Very informative and interesting to see how these people lived in the 1700s!
  • Knowledgeable docent/volunteer. Found out that the cloister sect couldn't have made it alone without the help of the married, meat eating, men women and children that shared the development that became the Cloisters.
  • Wonderful historic location to visit. Tours of the buildings and a great gift shop.
  • Nice historic restoration. Great tour guide and interesting historical background not only of this religious sect, but also of the nearby Mennonites, Amish, and Shakers.

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