Welcome to Historic Ephrata Cloister
Since its start in 1732, the Historic Ephrata Cloister has attracted visitors fascinated by the community’s unique lifestyle that allowed the creation of incredible architecture, original music, significant publications, and remarkable art. Originally, Ephrata was a retreat from worldly distractions where devoted members followed a disciplined life designed to prepare them for a heavenly existence. Today, you can explore the surviving historic site and discover the history and culture of an intriguing story in the nation’s past.
Ephrata Cloister is replacing sidewalks on the historic site in November. During this time, some pathways and historic buildings may be temporarily unavailable. We appreciate your patience as we work to improve the visitor experience on the historic property. Thank you.
The Ephrata Cloister Associates are participating in the Extraordinary Give on November 16. Click the link to be redirected to their page.