Bakery (on left), Saal (Meetinghouse) and Saron (Sisters’ House), Ephrata Cloister, Lancaster County, PA.
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Exterior of the buildings and grounds

Credit: Courtesy of Ephrata Cloister, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission

Drawn by William Penn’s promise of religious tolerance, German religious sectarians following a multitude of faiths fled persecution in Europe for new lives in Pennsylvania. Here they resettled in faith-based communities on the colony’s frontier, including Ephrata in Lancaster County, where the celibate followers of Conrad Beissel lived in sex segregated dormitories.

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