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Ephrata in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Brothers’ House Complex

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., June 26, 2009
1. Brothers' House Complex Marker
Inscription.  The Brothers' House (Bethania) was built on this site in the spring of 1746. Although it is difficult to determine the actual height of the building, the Brothers' House was probably a four-and-one-half story half-timber structure that measured seventy-four feet long from east to west and thirty-four feet wide from north to south. The Chronicon, the communal society's diary, tells us: “The house was so durably joined together by posts, beams, and joists that you will hardly find its equal in North America. All this carpenter work was finished in thirty-five days.”

The Brother's Meetinghouse (Saal) was erected in November 1746 using the lumber remaining from the construction of the Brothers' House. Again, the building's exact height is not known but the Chronicon notes: “This was a stately building, containing a meeting hall for the community, specially ornamented with Gothic letters, besides galleries and halls for love feasts. After these buildings had been so well completed under the blessing of God, the Brethren moved into their new convent, called Bethany, where their different domiciles were distributed
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By Devry Becker Jones, July 12, 2019
2. Brothers' House Complex Marker
to them by lot.” The Meetinghouse was razed sometime prior to the Civil War and the Brothers' House was demolished around 1908.

Sixty-five feet south of the southeast corner of the Brothers' House a base floor and foundation wall were located by archaeologists who defined two areas each nineteen feet long and sixteen feet wide. It is entirely possible that a printing operation or another craft workshop may have been housed there.
 
Location. 40° 10.976′ N, 76° 11.223′ W. Marker is in Ephrata, Pennsylvania, in Lancaster County. Marker can be reached from West Main Street (U.S. 322) south of Reading Road (Pennsylvania Route 272), on the right when traveling south. Marker is on the grounds of the Ephrata Cloister [632 W. Main Street (US Route 322)], about 150 feet south of the Beissel House. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 400 West Main Street, Ephrata PA 17522, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Home of Conrad Beissel (within shouting distance of this marker); The Kedar (within shouting distance of this marker); Ephrata Cloister (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mount Zion Buildings (about 600 feet away); a different marker also named Ephrata Cloister
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By William Fischer, Jr., June 26, 2009
3. Brothers' House Complex Marker and Kiosk
(approx. 0.2 miles away); 249 West Main Street (approx. 0.3 miles away); Ephrata Veterans Memorial (approx. half a mile away); Ephrata's Veterans' Plaza (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ephrata.
 
Also see . . .  The Brothers' House on Virtual Tour. (Submitted on October 7, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Brothers' House Complex Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., June 26, 2009
4. Brothers' House Complex Marker
Looking south, with the Printing Office at background right.
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on July 30, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 7, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,215 times since then and 54 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on October 7, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   2. submitted on July 13, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.   3, 4. submitted on October 7, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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