Historic Smithton Inn, Ephrata, PA
At 900 West Main Street, Ephrata, PA, not far from the Ephrata Cloister, stands an inn which has been in business for 237 years! The Historic Smithton Inn, a beautiful estate of multicolored stone, was originally built in 1763.
Innkeeper Dorothy Graybill was born only a mile away from the Inn. The rooms are furnished with antiques and hand crafted furniture. Each room has an operating fireplace, which is in use from November through April. The rooms can be candle lit, and are decorated with Pennsylvania Dutch quilts and stencils.
The Historic Smithton Inn was built by members of the Ephrata Cloister, a Seventh Day Baptist community with surviving buildings erected between 1735 and 1749. The Inn is constructed with hand-cut timbers, held together by mortise and tenon joints secured with large wooden pins. Flower gardens surround most of the Inn, and were still in bloom in late October!
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