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Ephrata Cloister - Ephrata, PA

Updated: Nov 2, 2021

A trip to Ephrata, Pa to view one of America’s earliest religious communities, the Ephrata Cloister. Conrad Beissel, Ephrata’s founder, came to the site in 1732 desiring to live his life as a hermit & following his own religious beliefs. He believed earthly life should be spent preparing to achieve a spiritual union with God at the Second Coming he felt would soon occur.

In the early 1750s, approximately 80 celibate Brothers and Sisters were housed in unique European style buildings made of log & stone. Nearly 200 family members known as Householders occupied nearby farms and homes. In the 1740s and 1750s, about 300 members worked here.

Located at: 632 W Main St, Ephrata, PA 17522

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