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Ephrata Cloister

632 W Main St, Ephrata, PA 17522-1717
+1 717-733-6600
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Frontier buildings endure

The video and guide helped create a sense of what the early settlers here were seeking and created... read more

Reviewed today
Janet L
Interesting history and site.

Worth a visit for the housing, history, shaker furnishings and an excecellent gift shop featuring... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Marvin G
Wynnewood, Pennsylvania
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One of America's earliest religious communities, the Historic Ephrata Cloister was founded in 1732 by German settlers seeking spiritual goals rather than earthly rewards. Gathered in unique European style buildings, the community consisted of celibate Brothers and Sisters, and a married congregation of families.At the zenith of the community in the 1740s and 1750s, about 300 members worked and worshiped at the Cloister. Today, the National Historic Landmark is open for tours, special programs, and on-going research opportunities.
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632 W Main St, Ephrata, PA 17522-1717
+1 717-733-6600
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Reviewed today

The video and guide helped create a sense of what the early settlers here were seeking and created. This was an oasis in the wilderness that attracted people looking for security and peace. What a treasure to have 9 of the original buildings and artifacts...More

Thank Janet L
Reviewed 2 days ago

Worth a visit for the housing, history, shaker furnishings and an excecellent gift shop featuring some of the best crafts in the area. This and the Green Dragon market are Ephratas main attractions. Gift shop has some lovly well executed local Fraktors.

Thank Marvin G
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We visited the cloister today. We started with the short movie about the group. Then we got an excellent guided tour that explains about the group and the history of the place. After the tour we walked around to see an additional places. The option...More

Thank kiarara555
Reviewed 4 days ago

Very interesting place to visit. Lots of history packed into unique buildings. Knowledgeable tour guides.

Thank db6875
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Ephrata Cloister is another slice of history that shows the dream of religious freedom that was William Penn's. This is a well maintained and friendly historical site. Jack was out tour guide. He was friendly, he invited questions, and he gave an extensive tour. There...More

Thank KevinsGirls
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

In Lancaster over the weekend we decided to take the guided tour. It was a very interesting place and our guide definitely knew his subject and was very enthusiastic.

1  Thank Specman728
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This was a nice family friendly place to visit. Does require some walking but beautiful location and the ground are well kept. The staff was very friendly and helpful.

1  Thank sandy k
Reviewed 22 June 2017 via mobile

Wandering off of our direct route to King of Prussia through picturesque Lancaster County PA, we came upon the quaint and impressive little town of Ephrata, on the outskirts of which lies the Ephrata Cloister. Run by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, it is...More

2  Thank Kgmmit
ConradBeissel, General Manager at Ephrata Cloister, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We are so glad that you "happened" upon the Ephrata Cloister and enjoyed the time you spent here with us. It is a place like no other.

Reviewed 30 May 2017

I am not typically a Cloisters type of guy but i have to admit that this was an interesting and informative visit. Our guide was excellent, answering all questions with a good deal of historical knowledge .

3  Thank LJinSC
Reviewed 3 May 2017 via mobile

When I was a 12 year old at Girl Scout camp -- a long time ago -- my grandmother wrote me a letter about her visit to Ephrata Cloister, the site of an eighteenth century experiment in Christian communitarian life. All I remember about her...More

6  Thank swedishivy2013
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18 September 2016|
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Response from ConradBeissel | Property representative |
Tours begin with the 15 minute video and then you proceed with a guide to the two main buildings the Sisters' House and their Meetinghouse. The guided portion is about 45 - 50 minutes in length. if you add in the video... More
26 February 2015|
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Response from ConradBeissel | Property representative |
Ephrata Cloister will be closed on Easter Sunday. We will be open from 9 - 5 on Monday April 6th (Easter Monday).
26 February 2015|
Response from blaenboy1 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, I don't know the answer to that!