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Meet Us At the Cloister 2016 Gala
May 14, 2016
Bear Mill Estates, Denver

One of America's earliest religious communities, the 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.

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Winter Hours

January and February: Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays

Wednesday - Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.                       Sunday: noon - 5:00 p.m.

Guided tours at 10am, 12pm, 2pm & 3:30pm except Sunday. Sunday guided tours: 12:30, 2:30, 3:30pm

Spring & Summer Hours

March through August: Open seven days a week

Monday - Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.                                       Sunday: noon - 5:00 p.m.

Guided tours at 10am, 12pm, 2pm & 3:30pm except Sunday. Sunday guided tours: 12:30, 2:30, 3:30pm

Please note that the historic site is closed on Monday, January 18 for Martin Luther King Day; Monday, February 15 for Presidents Day; and Sunday, March 27 for Easter. Historic Ephrata Cloister will be open on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30.

Winter History Class begins January 21, 2016


Ephrata Cloister
632 West Main Street, Ephrata, PA 17522
Telephone (717) 733-6600
Ephrata1732@gmail.com

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Go Greater Reading Visitors Bureau

Administered by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission
Tom Wolf, Governor - Andrew E. Masich, Chairman
James M. Vaughan, Executive Director

With generous support from the Ephrata Cloister Associates
a non-profit membership organization

Ephrata Cloister is one of 26 historic sites and museums on the Pennsylvania Trail of History.
For more information or to request a free 24-page visitor guide, visit
www.phmc.state.pa.us or phone toll free 1-866-PATRAIL.

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