I always meant to go to the Ephrata Cloister when I lived in Lancaster County, but never actually got around to it until I returned on a family visit in July 2015.
I had a very relaxing day walking around the grounds taking photos. It was just what I needed after a long drive to PA from NC. The weather was cloudy and occasionally rainy, but I was able to use Picasa to adjust the contrast and sharpen the photos.
The Ephrata Cloister was a religious community founded in 1732. The residents devoted their lives to prayer, farming, household chores and a printing business. There were both celibate and married members of the community.
This picture shows the meetinghouse on the right and the connected sisters’ house for single women:
Below is the back view. I tried a black and white photo to emphasize the texture of the wood siding:
The kitchen area attached to the meetinghouse:
A close-up of an outbuilding: