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Ephrata Cloister

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Open today: 09:00 - 17:00
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What's in your own back yeard

We live 20 miles away, but always seemed to pass this by. Until one day in November when we... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
961larryr
Beautiful Grounds

Beautiful grounds - tho the info is a bit lacking. Wish they had more historical re-enactments... read more

Reviewed 17 January 2019
AndrewPenna
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Bensalem, 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
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We live 20 miles away, but always seemed to pass this by. Until one day in November when we stopped. As I get older I really enjoy local history so this was great. Too see the way people lived in the past really tells me...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 17 January 2019

Beautiful grounds - tho the info is a bit lacking. Wish they had more historical re-enactments happening.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank AndrewPenna
Reviewed 30 December 2018

Interesting but not much to look at in the buildings. Staff was helpful and guide very informative. Might be nice in spring or fall when grounds would be much nicer to walk around. Small museum to check out also.More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank carmela333
ConradBeissel, General Manager at Ephrata Cloister, responded to this reviewResponded 3 January 2019

We're glad you took the time to visit Historic Ephrata Cloister. We agree the site is rather bleak this time of year. It's much more beautiful in the spring and summer. As to not much in the buildings to look at - keep in mind...More

Reviewed 1 December 2018

This is a beautiful and interesting place to visit if you are in the area. We took the self-guided tour and it was pretty nice.. many interesting buildings and artifacts, intriguing religious history and beautiful surroundings.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Mike_TLV
Reviewed 4 November 2018

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

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank cheryl h
Reviewed 25 September 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

Date of experience: May 2018
2  Thank AnatolyVysotsky
Reviewed 23 September 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

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank Jonathan19103
ConradBeissel, General Manager at Ephrata Cloister, responded to this reviewResponded 25 September 2018

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

Reviewed 8 September 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

Date of experience: September 2018
3  Thank 214salinab
Reviewed 26 August 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!

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank NRDelaware
ConradBeissel, General Manager at Ephrata Cloister, responded to this reviewResponded 27 August 2018

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

Reviewed 22 August 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.

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank jkod100
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saramay
17 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
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59hoya
25 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).
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59hoya
25 February 2015|
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