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“Interesting and Somewhat Odd Historical Site” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Ephrata Cloister

Ephrata Cloister
Ranked #1 of 14 things to do in Ephrata
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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.
Alburgh, Vermont
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15 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Interesting and Somewhat Odd Historical Site”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 6, 2014

If you like visiting historical sites, especially something a little different from the typical museum or house tour, I recommend you give this a try. It was the location of a small religious sect which declined after its leader passed away. The movie shown provided a good basis for understanding how it evolved, and the tour guide did an excellent and entertaining job of explaining what their daily lives were like and how the community functioned. A number of buildings still stand and the grounds provide an opportunity to get some exercise and enjoy the outdoors. The self-guided tour by phone was informative and allowed you to move at your own pace. They are open on Sundays when many places in the area are closed.

Visited May 2014
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English first
Wayne, New Jersey
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9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Cloister gives a bit of history of the area.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 6, 2014

Short but informative guided tour of the grounds and history. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable about the order and their past.

Visited June 2014
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Central New Jersey
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39 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“A trip into time”
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited May 2014
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Thank MairO
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Reno
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28 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Interesting, accessible slice of history”
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited August 2013
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Barron, Wisconsin
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Authentic Experience”
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited May 2014
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Thank Deberra S
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