In the center of Harrisburg and Philadelphia, along state route 322 lies the historic borough of Ephrata Pennsylvania. At the heart of the community, downtown is a mixture of quant shops and restored residences dating back to the early 1900s. The surrounding neighborhoods are made up of a mixture of single-family homes, condos and attached residences. The outskirts of town offer anything from original stone farmhouses to modern homes constructed within the last ten years.
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Situated in the rich farming country of Northern Lancaster County, Ephrata is surrounded by Amish as well as Pennsylvania Dutch neighbors, and the entire community has a timeless feel. The area was settled in the mid-1700s by Germans seeking religious freedom and has several museums and landmarks that celebrate the history of the region. The Ephrata Cloister dates back to 1732 and boasts nine original buildings that have been beautifully restored. Visitors can participate in educational programs, special events and even research on site. The Ephrata Performing Arts Center delivers modern entertainment through indoor and outdoor theatrical productions and calls the beautifully-renovated Sharadin Bigler Theater home.
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The municipality has the largest park system per capita in the entire state and maintains a multitude of facilities for recreation. An archery range, community pool and myriad of walking trails complement the many playgrounds and ball fields found throughout the town. The community recreation center hosts over 100 classes and programs in a variety of interests for any age group. Along with fitness equipment, the facility has an indoor pool, racquetball courts and more. There are an impressive number of restaurants and shops in town and the Green Dragon Farmer's Market is not to be missed for its selection of local produce, baked goods and eclectic art. With its roots in history and its branches in today's modern lifestyle, Ephrata offers much to families and individuals looking for a beautiful, safe and friendly community, with a variety of housing options.