Welcome to Ephrata, Pennsylvania
The Ephrata Cloister was founded in 1732 by German settlers. Their religious community consisted of celibate Brothers and Sisters along with married families. Their settlement of unique European style buildings is now a National Historic Landmark and is open to the public for tours and special programs.
Today, Ephrata is a thriving small town that takes pride in its heritage and in its own unique character.
Many Old Order Mennonites reside in the rural communities surrounding Ephrata. (You can learn more about the Old Order Amish and Mennonites in our Amish pages.)