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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.

Illumination from an 18th century Ephrata hymnal
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.



Ephrata Cloister
632 West Main Street, Ephrata, PA 17522
Telephone (717) 733-6600 • Fax: (717) 733-4364

Administered by the
Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission
Edward G. Rendell, Governor - Wayne S. Spilove, Chairman
Barbara Franco, Executive Director

With generous support from the
Ephrata Cloister Associates
a private, 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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