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Outdoor Activities ...

As we travel, we like to pursue some of our interests (such as astronomy and bird watching).

When in Ephrata, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Ephrata and the surrounding area.

  • Astronomy & Satellites ...
    • Whether using binoculars, a small telescope or the naked-eye, the Heavens-Above website can help you to find your way around the night-time sky. In addition to detailed sky charts, their website will help you find planets, asteriods, comets, satellites and their tracks across the sky.
    • To give accurate results, Heavens-Above requires the latitude and longitude of your location. As a starting point, when we link to Heavens-Above, we pass this GPS location for Ephrata:
    • 40.17966, -76.178815
    • Once you're on the Heavens-Above website, you can improve its accuracy by giving a more precise longitude and latitude as your actual position.
    • The Heavens-Above Website, centered on Ephrata
  • Waymarking ...
    • Looking for somewhere out of the ordinary? Find a unique place and want to share it with others? Then it's time to visit Waymarking.com:
    • Waymark.com

Communities Also Named Ephrata ...

We have found one communities that share the name Ephrata.

Within Pennsylvania, the name Ephrata is unique.

Beyond Pennsylvania, there is another community also named Ephrata in the United States.

  • Communities Elsewhere In North America ...
    • Washington
      • Grant County
      • This Ephrata is located in Grant County and lies 2,189 miles [3,522.9 km]<1> to the west northwest of the Ephrata that is located in Lancaster County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ephrata
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Grant County community of Ephrata.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Ephrata ...

As we travel, we always see a community with a name that gives pause. While there are names which are interesting or familiar, some catch our attention or strike our fancy. We always wonder about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

  • Bareville [Lancaster County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bareville
    • Bareville [Lancaster County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the south of Ephrata
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bareville
  • Brickerville [Lancaster County]
  • Clay [Lancaster County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Clay
    • Clay [Lancaster County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the northwest of Ephrata
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Clay
  • Farmersville [Lancaster County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Farmersville
    • Farmersville [Lancaster County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the south of Ephrata
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Farmersville have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Farmersville
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    • Fivepointville [Lancaster County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fivepointville
      • Fivepointville [Lancaster County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the east of Ephrata
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Fivepointville have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fivepointville
    • Frysville [Lancaster County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Frysville
      • Frysville [Lancaster County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the east of Ephrata
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Frysville have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Frysville
    • Halfville [Lancaster County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Halfville
      • Halfville [Lancaster County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the west of Ephrata
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Halfville have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Halfville
    • Hopeland [Lancaster County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hopeland
      • Hopeland [Lancaster County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the northwest of Ephrata
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hopeland
    • Lincoln [Lancaster County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lincoln
      • Lincoln [Lancaster County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the northwest of Ephrata
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lincoln have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lincoln
    • New Holland [Lancaster County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for New Holland
      • New Holland [Lancaster County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the southeast of Ephrata
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 5,547 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for New Holland have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on New Holland
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for New Holland<2>
    • Red Run [Lancaster County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Red Run
      • Red Run [Lancaster County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the east of Ephrata
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Red Run have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Red Run
    • Speedwell [Lancaster County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Speedwell
      • Speedwell [Lancaster County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the west of Ephrata
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Speedwell have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Speedwell
    • Weaverland [Lancaster County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Weaverland
      • Weaverland [Lancaster County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the southeast of Ephrata
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Weaverland have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Weaverland

Notable Births & Deaths ...

This is a new section for us and we are still collecting data.

Below is our list of notable people who were born, died or were buried in the area surrounding Ephrata. Please note that while we are collecting data on an ongoing basis, it's a big task and it's unlikely that our list will ever be more than a sample.

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    • David Hayes Agnew     (Medical pioneer)
    • Coit Albertson     (Actor)
    • Paul Althouse     (Opera singer)
      • Opera singer. He was born in Reading (PA) on December 2, 1889 (a Monday) and died in New York (NY) on February 15, 1954 (a Monday) at the age of 64. He is buried at Ferncliff Cemetery (Westchester County, New York).
      • Reading is located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the northeast of Ephrata.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Paul Althouse<4>
    • George Washington Bradley     (Major League Baseball)
    • Lydia Bruce     (Actress, dancer)
      • Born: Lydia Slubowski
      • Actress, dancer. She was born in Detroit (MI) on January 8, 1931 (a Thursday) and died in Lancaster (PA) on May 7, 2008 (a Wednesday) at the age of 77. She is buried at Pine Grove Cemetery (Strafford County, New Hampshire).
      • Lancaster is located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the southwest of Ephrata.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Lydia Bruce<4>
    • James Buchanan     (15th President of the US (1857 - 1861))
      • 15th President of the US (1857 - 1861). He was born in Cove Gap (PA) on April 23, 1791 (a Saturday) and died in Lancaster (PA) on June 1, 1868 (a Monday) at the age of 77. He is buried at Woodward Hill Cemetery (Lancaster County, Pennsylvania).
      • Lancaster is located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the southwest of Ephrata.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: James Buchanan<4>
    • Steve Carruthers     (Actor)
      • Actor. He was born in Reading (PA) on August 15, 1900 (a Wednesday) and died in Woodland Hills (CA) on March 1, 1983 (a Tueday) at the age of 82. We don't have any burial details.
      • Reading is located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the northeast of Ephrata.
    • Michael Constantine     (Actor)
      • Born: Gus Efstratiou
      • Actor. He was born in Reading (PA) on May 22, 1927 (a Sunday) and died in Reading (PA) on August 31, 2021 (a Tueday) at the age of 94. The body was cremated.
      • Reading is located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the northeast of Ephrata.
      • Reading is located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the northeast of Ephrata.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Michael Constantine<4>
    • G. Alan Dawson     (Musician)
    • Charles Demuth     (Painter)
      • Painter. He was born in Lancaster (PA) on November 8, 1883 (a Thursday) and died in Lancaster (PA) on October 24, 1935 (a Thursday) at the age of 51. He is buried at Lancaster Cemetery (Lancaster County, Pennsylvania).
      • Lancaster is located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the southwest of Ephrata.
      • Lancaster is located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the southwest of Ephrata.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Charles Demuth<4>
    • Jacob Eichholtz     (Artist)
      • Artist. He was born in Lancaster (PA) on November 2, 1776 (a Saturday) and died in Lancaster (PA) on May 10, 1842 (a Tueday) at the age of 65. He is buried at Woodward Hill Cemetery (Lancaster County, Pennsylvania).
      • Lancaster is located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the southwest of Ephrata.
      • Lancaster is located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the southwest of Ephrata.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Jacob Eichholtz<4>
    • Robert Fulton     (Inventor, engineer, artist)
      • Inventor, engineer, artist. He was born in Little Britain (PA) on November 14, 1765 (a Thursday) and died in New York (NY) on February 24, 1815 (a Friday) at the age of 49.
      • Little Britain is located 27 miles [43.5 km] to the south of Ephrata.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Robert Fulton<4>
    • Richard E. 'Dick' Gernet     (Major League Baseball)
      • Major League Baseball. He was born in Reading (PA) on September 28, 1928 (a Friday) and died in Reading (PA) on November 30, 2017 (a Thursday) at the age of 89. He is buried at Alsace Lutheran Church Cemetery (Berks County, Pennsylvania).
      • Reading is located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the northeast of Ephrata.
      • Reading is located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the northeast of Ephrata.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Richard E. 'Dick' Gernet<4>

How Far From Ephrata to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers, Almanacs & Directories that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a community such as Ephrata to various places of note, such as the White House.

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance beginning in Ephrata and extending to:

  • View Our List ...
    • Lancaster, which is the Seat of Lancaster County and lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the southwest. If you could walk a straight line from Ephrata to Lancaster, with an average speed<5> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take five to six hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take nearly four hours.
    • Harrisburg, which is the State Capital of Pennsylvania, lies 37 miles [59.5 km] to the west northwest (WNW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than an hour, a buggy would take just about two full days and walking would take over two days.
    • The White House (Washington, DC) is 99 miles [159.3 km] to the south southwest (SSW). Driving would take less than two hours, a buggy would take three full days and walking would take 6 days.
    • The shortest distance<6> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 5,807 miles [9,345.5 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<7>
    • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 6,516 miles [10,486.5 km] and it lies to the east northeast (ENE).<8>
    • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 4,392 miles [7,068.2 km] and it lies to the east northeast (ENE).<9>

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Pennsylvania

About Lancaster County

About Pennsylvania

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Ephrata: www.ephrataboro.org/

The official website for Lancaster County: www.co.lancaster.pa.us/

The official website for State of Pennsylvania: https://www.pa.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Ephrata) to Point B.If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Ephrata. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from EphrataOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ephrata. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 40.1797, Longitude: -76.1788    
<2>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<3>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<4>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website: findagrave.com.
<5>While we have tried to pick reasonable speeds, the rate of travel is very theoretical - obstacles like fences, hills, lakes, river crossings and rest stops have been ignored. When we say 'Days' of travel, we're assuming 8 hours of travel per day.
<6>The shortest line can be visualized by stretching a string on a Globe from Point A to Point B - this is known as a Great Circle Route. Where you might expect the shortest route from Ephrata to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.
<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 307.287 degrees.
<8>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 302.955 degrees.
<9>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 303.837 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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