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“A different kind of Historical Site”
Review of Ephrata Cloister

Ephrata Cloister
Ranked #1 of 17 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.
Reviewed June 21, 2014

This was an interesting site that has been maintained to give insight into how this "religious group" lived 300 years ago. We took the guided tour that was interesting and he offered information on a group of people we had no idea existed. Original furniture, buildings and the cemetery are well maintained by the State of Pennsylvania. It is a piece of history preserved in bucolic surroundings.

Thank nancy s
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Reviewed June 17, 2014

The cloister is a great way to conclude a day's trip in Amish county. Nestled on the banks of the Calistoga creek hidden behind secluded greenery and foliage and often less frequented and less crowds than the usual humdrum of attarctions this place has a soothening and balmy effect on body and mind. Do not miss the guided tours and the brief video that precedes it. It pays to reflect quietly on what drove someone like Conrad Beissler to come here, settle down, attract a brotherhood and preach. The true to real maintainence of the ancient structures and demonstration of what an ascetic and disciplined life was like those days is inspirational. For a moment it makes us forget the wild frentic pace of life that has consumed all of us. The guided tour was very educational, they were very receptive and open to taking questions and at the end you have your own time to hang around and take pictures - but how do you capture peace and tranquility in pictures. Stays as memories.

2  Thank Murli K
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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.

1  Thank Judy H
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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.

1  Thank MRS321
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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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