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Ephrata Cloister

. Description:  One of America's earliest religious communities, founded in 1732, Ephrata
Cloister was best known for its original art and music, distinctive Germanic
architecture, and significant publishing center.  The community consisted of
three orders: celibate Brothers and Sisters who practiced a lifestyle
emphasizing spiritual rather than material goals and the married
(text courtesy of Ephrata Cloister)
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How to find: 
632 W. Main St
Ephrata, PA 17522

Parent Organization:
Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission
Phone 717 733-6600  ext 3001
Dates Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
Year Round, Daily (tours given on the hour from 10-4, no noon tours, seasonal variations CALL) 12 - 5 9 - 5 9 - 5 9 - 5 9 - 5 9 - 5 9 - 5
Season Closed Mondays in Jan & Feb.  Closed holidays, except open Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec





As of MAR 2008  (6-17) $5    $7  60+ $6.50 varies by size from $1 school to $6.50 call
Special Fees:
Additional Group Info:  group rates require at least one week advance reservation
Special Tours & Pricing:
Reservation Contact:
717 733-6600
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On Site Features:
What kind of visit you can have: Start at the visitor center, and view the slide show and exhibits.  Major buildings are included on a guided tour, smaller buildings are self-guided
Big Events: Apple Dumpling Day (Oct) Suggested Stay:
Period 1732-1814 Type of Site Village
Buildings: sister's house, meetinghouse, householder's residence, bake house, print shop, solitary house, graveyard, visitor center
Interpreters: tour guides Craftspeople:
Special Programs:
Kid Friendly:
On Site Amenities:
Eating Name/Capacity Hours Type of food
Picnic  yes
Shopping Shop Merchandise Hours
Name The Museum Store    


Availability Contact
Athletic Facilities      
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Nearby Attractions:





Dutch Wonderland Activity
Lime Valley Mill Historic Place
Lancaster County Historical Society Museum
Lancaster Newspapers  Museum
Hands-On House Museum
Heritage Center Museum of Lancaster County Museum
F & M College North Museum Museum
Wheatland Specialty Museum
National Toy Train Museum Railway
Gast Classic Motorcars Exhibit Specialty Museum
Details are on the way, but in the meantime, you can find addresses, descriptions, URLs and more at our sister site,


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Nearby Places to Stay:

Hickory Run Family Camping Resort 285 Greenville RD
Denver PA  17517
717 336-5664

Bed & Breakfast

Bella Vista B&B 1216 Main Street
Akron PA 17501
717 859-4227
Clearview Farm B&B 355 Clearview Road
Ephrata PA 17522
717 733-6333
Cocalico Creek B&B 224 South  4th Street
Denver PA 17517
717 336-0271
Doneckers The Guesthouse/Inns 318 North State Street
Eprhata PA 17522
717 738-9502
Hitchcock House B&B 31 East Church Street
Stevens PA 17578
717 335-3510
Jacob Keller House 990 Rettew Mill Road
Ephrata PA 17522
717 733-4954
Kimmell House B&B 851 South State Street
Ephrata PA 17522
717 738-3555
Meadow Valley Farm Guest House 221 Meadow Valley Road
Ephrata PA 17522
717 733-8390
Smithton Inn 900 West Main Street
Ephrata PA 17522
717 733-3333
Springhouse Inn 806 New Street
Akron PA 17501
717 859-4202

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Dutch Gardens Motel 230 North Reading Road
Ephrata PA 17522
717 733-8638
Dutchmaid Motel Inc 222 North Reading Road
Ephrata PA 17522
717 733-1237
Ephrata  Motel 535 South Reading Road
Ephrata PA 17522
717 733-0566
Boxwood Inn 12 Tobacco Road
Akron PA 17501
717 859-3466
Motel Akron 116 South 7th Street
Akron PA 17501
717 859-1654
Denver House 240 Main Street
Denver PA 17517
717 336-6355
Black Horse Lodge & Suites 2180 North Reading Road
Denver PA 17517
717 336-7563
Brunnerville Hotel 1301 Front Street
Lititz PA 17543
717 626-7300
Comfort Inn 2015 North Reading Road
Denver PA 17517
717 336-4649
Holiday Inn 1 Denver Road
Denver PA 17517
717 336-7541
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