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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  • 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 »
  • This place is so interesting. We visited on a warm September afternoon. Easy to find and park. We joined the 2pm tour. Just 4 of us. The guide was very knowledgeable and as it was a small group he cou...  more »
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  • 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.
  • The setting is outstanding, with such an atmosphere of calm, serene, and tranquility. Informative too, giving a glimpse to the colonial days of America.
  • Huge trees have calming, soothing effects. 1000 your was very informative, insightful.
  • 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!
  • 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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