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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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  • We took the tour which was very thorough. The tour guide was outstanding! The history of the Ephrata Cloister was very interesting. Take some time to visit the cemetery and look at the headstones. 
  • Disappointed in this stop. I think we read that it would cost seniors $9 and there would be a guided tour and also available was a cell phone self guided tour. It cost us $20 a piece and no tour was o...  more »
  • Without the tour, I think you're really missing the heart of the place. It was excellently done with lots of chance to ask questions. The people that lived here were led by a very charismatic single i...  more »
  • We enjoyed learning the history of the museum. The gift shop is great !!
  • This is a very fun and interesting historic landmark to visit, I would recommend going if you haven't already.
  • Tour guide's knowledge was encyclopedic!
  • Unusual historical and faith center. We did not wait for the tour. We shopped for great books and gifts here.
  • This is truly an interesting piece of American history. It centers around stories of religious freedom and the Revolutionary War. Those interested in early American/regional history would enjoy it.