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  • Ephrata Cloister


Lantern Tours

Date(s): 12/27/2022 - 12/30/2022
Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

These special tours don’t tell the full Ephrata story but take you back in time to discover a special story from the past. The theatrical style program is led by the Student Historians, local high school students who  take on the roles of people from the history to lead you through selected historic buildings as the story unfolds. This year visitors will join Mrs. Fahnestock as she plans the wedding of an Ephrata Sister and a young man working for the Brothers. This light-hearted look at the past will provide enjoyment for the entire family.

Tours begin at 6:00 p,m, each night and a new tour starts every 30 minutes with the last tour beginning at 8:30 p.m. Attendance at each tour is limited.

Advance tickets are required. Admission is $12 for adults, $9 for students age 6-17, children age 5 and under are free.

Tickets are available beginning December 1st.

Ephrata Cloister

Administered by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission:
Josh Shapiro, Governor – Hayley Haldeman, 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.

Anne Brossman Sweigart Charitable Foundation
Irene Weidman Charitable Foundation
Ephrata National Bank
Black Forest Brewery/Americana 1777 Inn
A Woman’s Club of Ephrata
The Historic Ephrata Cloister Summer Hours of Operation: OPEN 9am - 4pm Wed. through Sat. & OPEN 12pm - 4pm Sun. OPEN 9am-8pm Thurs. July 25th for Twilight Hours. CLOSED Monday and Tuesday.