Thursday, August 2, 2012

Ephrata Cloister

   In 1720, at the age of 24, Conrad Beissel left Germany to escape religious persecution. He immigrated to Pennsylvania and founded this small community in the wilderness. It had about 300 inhabitants at it’s height and there were still a few people living there in 1934.  Most of the buildings on the property date back to the 1730s and 40s.

   The museum, the main paths, and the meetinghouse are accessible but the buildings are not. Most of the buildings have a step up at the entrance and very narrow doorways.

  The parking lot is large enough for all RVs. Cloister
  40.18416, -76.1888

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