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“A trip into time”
Review of Ephrata Cloister

Ephrata Cloister
Ranked #1 of 16 things to do in Ephrata
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed June 5, 2014

In the early 1700's Conrad Beissel, founder of Ephrata, started a new religious congregation based on celibacy. There is a short movie about his life and then a tour of the grounds and buildings a self guided tour of the area including the graveyard. It was very informative of life in the beginning of Ephrata.

Thank MairO
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Reviewed May 28, 2014

The Cloister is a small collection of buildings that chronicle the daily life of Cloister members. It is not crowded and gives a unique portrait of individuals striving for religious freedom. If you are a history buff, this is definitely worth a visit if you are in the area.

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Reviewed May 20, 2014

A moving experience that takes you back in time to a different lifestyle. The commitment to the Cloister religious and social values is definitely brought out in the tour of the grounds and words of the guides.

Thank Deberra S
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Reviewed May 19, 2014

We were a few minutes late for the last tour, but did arrive in time to see the display at the entrance and then hear the Ephrate Cloister Chorus. Listening to the music was a great experience and a highlight of our trip to the area. The first half of the program featured music of the cloister's time, and the second half featured an assortment of quality music related in several ways to the experience. It was performed in an atmosphere which lent itself to the music. The scaffolding on the sides of the main building didn't really lend itself to photography, but I understand it's a necessary inconvenience. I can't imagine trying to build such a structure without our modern machinery and tools, though. The entire property was very well-kept, quiet, and an excellent place for a thoughtful walk. We really enjoyed it, and hopefully next time will get there in time for the tour.

Thank Elaine P
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Reviewed May 16, 2014

Interesting story/history at the Ephrata Cloister. You can spend about an hour touring. Definitely take a guided tour to make it more interesting.

Thank 1970kat
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