Ephrata Cloister hosting several events for October

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.beisselhouseflowers

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.

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