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Consider a lantern tour of the Ephrata Cloister this holiday season

Shirley McMarlin
| Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017, 4:57 p.m.
Lantern tours of the circa-1750s Ephrata Cloister in Lancaster County are set for Dec. 27 through 30.
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Lantern tours of the circa-1750s Ephrata Cloister in Lancaster County are set for Dec. 27 through 30.

If your holiday pilgrimage takes you to Lancaster County, consider a lantern tour of the Ephrata Cloister, a cluster of Germanic log, stone and half-timbered buildings that housed a monastic community from the 1750s until 1934.

Tours begin at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 27 through 30.

Area junior and senior high school students play the roles of the white robe-clad celibate brothers and sisters whose labors included farming, papermaking, carpentry, milling and textile production, along with the German calligraphic art of Frakturscriften and the composition of a cappella music.

The site is is administered by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.

Details: 717-733-6600 or ephratacloister.org

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