Historic Ephrata Cloister is listed on one of the “Scared Spaces” identified by the PA Office of Tourism as a place that offers a chance to connect with the Commonwealth’s foundation as a place of religious toleration. Many visitors describe the grounds as peaceful. The members became known for their remarkable surviving architecture, original music, unique and detailed art, and significant publishing efforts. During the Revolutionary War the pacifist members of the community served as nurses to nearly 260 American soldiers. By 1813 the last celibate member died. The following year the married members inherited the remaining site and continued to worship and live there under the name of the German Seventh Day Baptist Church. (No connection to the Seventh Day Advent Church). In 1934 the Church closed. In 1941 the remaining site was acquired by the Commonwealth, and preserved as a monument to William Penn’s idea of religious toleration.
Apple Dumpling Sales
Friday and Saturday, October 9 and October 10
9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (or until sold out!)
Proceeds used to return original items made at the Cloister to the site.
Day of Music
Sunday, October 11
Noon to 5:00 p.m.
Concerts at 2:00, 3:00, and 4:00 p.m.
Gideon’s Bones: A Family Trick or Treat
Saturday, October 24
1:00 p.m. — 3:00 p.m.