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Ephrata Cloister

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Conrad Beissel founded this site in 1732 so he could live and follow his own religious ideas. The... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
cheryl h
Durham, North Carolina
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Interesting story of first Ephrata settlers who were German people seeking spiritual goals rather... read more

Reviewed September 25, 2018
Ephrata, 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...more
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632 W Main St, at the intersection of Rt. 272 and Rt. 322, Ephrata, PA 17522-1717
+1 717-733-6600
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Conrad Beissel founded this site in 1732 so he could live and follow his own religious ideas. The houses and buildings are Germanic, log/stone, and half-timbered. The grounds were beautiful and very well kept. When we arrived there was an Amish wedding going on so...More

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Reviewed September 25, 2018

Interesting story of first Ephrata settlers who were German people seeking spiritual goals rather than earthly rewards. Nice displayes of residences, occupations and church life. We visited, I think of Mother's Day Sunday when it was free admission for anybody. There were a lot of...More

2  Thank AnatolyVysotsky
Reviewed September 23, 2018

This site is beautiful, peaceful, and verdant -- home to quirky germanic buildings in a very old style. More, though, Ephrata Cloister symbolizes how Wm. Penn truly created a welcoming place for people to pursue their religious and spiritual beliefs freely. The man who founded...More

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ConradBeissel, General Manager at Ephrata Cloister, responded to this reviewResponded September 25, 2018

Jonathan - We couldn't agree with you more. Ephrata's story is so very relevant to today's events around the world.

Reviewed September 8, 2018 via mobile

The buildings slump as you walk into the site. It is from no lack of repair, but the length of years and sorrows they've housed. If you're a lover of American or religious history, you'll enjoy your visit. A small museum houses many interesting artifacts...More

2  Thank Salina B
Reviewed August 26, 2018

We visited this weekend, and had an excellent tour! We're really glade we stuck around for the guided tour after exploring for ourselves. The tour guide was extremely knowledgeable, and very engaging- great site and awesome interpretation!

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ConradBeissel, General Manager at Ephrata Cloister, responded to this reviewResponded August 27, 2018

So glad you enjoyed yourself. It was a beautiful weekend at Ephrata Cloister.

Reviewed August 22, 2018

We took a tour that was fascinating. Bonnie knows the history and encourages questions. She is wonderful. I am sure all of the guides are good. Go for a tour! I guarantee it will be a learning experience that you will enjoy.

1  Thank jkod100
Reviewed August 6, 2018 via mobile

We had a beautiful day touring the Ephrata Cloister. The history lessons you will learn are priceless as you walk through time throughout all of the buildings.

3  Thank brunner5
Reviewed July 24, 2018

Michael was our tour guide and he was absolutely awesome! There’s so much to learn here, so much history and we got some beautiful pictures! He really went out of his way and spent a lot of time explaining the history and answering all of...More

1  Thank bubbleheadout
Reviewed July 8, 2018 via mobile

We have driven by the Cloisters quite a few times but never had the opportunity to stop. We spent about two hours going through the various buildings, welcome center and taking the organized tour. Fortunately for us, we were the only ones on the tour....More

2  Thank Toadhollowtravellers
Reviewed June 18, 2018

Fascinating history; very Shaker-like building structures; every angle could be an extraordinary photo.

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September 17, 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
February 25, 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).
February 25, 2015|
Response from blaenboy1 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, I don't know the answer to that!