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  • Ephrata Cloister

    A Householder Homecoming

The first Householder Homecoming invites descendants of early community members to explore their family history at the place where their ancestors found a welcoming community.  The event, planned for Saturday, August 1, 2020, offers opportunities for genealogical research, family activities, historical tours and programs, and the chance to meet familiar and long-lost family members.

Registration for the event is required, and will be limited, but you can share your interest in attending now by contacting the Historic Ephrata Cloister at You can also be part of the team planning the event by using the same email contact.

As the place where Ephrata began, the Ephrata Cloister holds connections to many of the area’s early families. To learn if your family is among those with ancestry connected to the historic site, click here to view the list of people currently recognized as members of the Ephrata Cloister and the subsequent Ephrata Congregation of the German Seventh Day Baptist Church (1732—1934).

The Historic Ephrata Cloister holds limited genealogical material.  Individuals are encouraged to begin their research at larger local libraries including The Historical Society of the Cocalico Valley, The Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society, and LancasterHistory

Ephrata Cloister

Administered by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission:
Tom Wolf, Governor – Nancy Moses, Chair – Andrea Lowery, Executive Director

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 or phone toll free 1-866-PATRAIL.

The Ephrata Cloister Associates is a non-profit organization that works in partnership with the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, supporting the mission of preservation and education at this National Historic Landmark.