Ephrata Cloister
Charter Day at the Ephrata Cloister is Sunday, March 14th and it’s definitely an event worth experiencing.  Combine it with a stay at the Smithton Inn and you can truly immerse yourself in Pennsylvania and Cloister history! The day recognizes the founding of Pennsylvania when William Penn received the Charter establishing the Commonwealth from King Charles …
farm house
Leading the way to the establishment of the Ephrata Community, the Cloister, and ultimately the Henry Miller Tavern (aka Historic Smithton Inn), was the settlement of Lancaster County in 1710. Nine immigrant families from the Palatinate section of southwest Germany staked their claim in what was then the wilderness of a British colony. These settlers, …
happy fausnaught day
Being new residents of Lancaster County, we’re having fun learning about and experiencing the local customs and traditions. We were ready for New Years day with delicious pork and sauerkraut; that was actually a tradition I carried down to Texas with me, I just never got into the whole black eyed pea thing. But just …


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