Ephrata Cloister [PA]
One of America's earliest religious communities, the Ephrata Cloister was founded in 1732 by German settlers seeking spiritual goals rather than earthly rewards. Gathered in unique European style buildings, the community consisted of celibate Brothers and Sisters, and a married congregation of families. At the zenith of the community in the 1740s and 1750s, about 300 members worked and worshiped at the Cloister.
The site offers a short film, exhibits, tours, educational programs, research library access, and occasional recreational and educational events (including living history events).