Explore Ephrata Scavenger Hunt

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Explore Ephrata Scavenger Hunt

Posted on September 6, 2023 by Christine Myers

Originally part of Mainspring's Party on Main event, the Explore Ephrata Scavenger Hunt had residents searching the streets for clues. By popular demand, here's your chance to participate on a day that meets your schedule!

Explore Ephrata Scavenger Hunt

How it works:

  1. Gather your Team of up to 6 people and pick a unique (family friendly) name and appoint a Team Captain.
  2. Decipher the clues! Below you’ll find a list of clues that will lead you to a spot located on Main Street. Your Team Captain will be responsible for documenting your discoveries on their cell phone.
  3. Post your Team pics and tag our social media! @mainspringofephrata

Please note: these clues are in NO PARTICULAR ORDER. Your team is welcome to start at any location and follow the clues in any order. Please know, however, that this scavenger hunt runs the length of Main Street, from the historic New Main Theatre to the historic Ephrata Cloister Museum Store.

When you’ve cracked the clue, take a picture of the bolded areas.

  1. Brick red faces staring down. Scratch your head and look up.
  2. This newer date is carved in marble and not nearly as old as its attached parent building. And you can bank on that!
  3. Can you find the local watering hole that shares its name with the area in Germany from which Ephrata’s founding father, Conrad Beissel, hailed?
  4. In the year 2076, hardly a man here today will be alive, but under its stone plaque are treasures found.
  5. Get a picture taken with an Ephrata first responder.
  6. Look down for the boy behind the door, but you’ll have to find a bathroom elsewhere.
  7. Don’t be alarmed! This business has performed out of this former bank for many years.
  8. Libraries are still free in America and they come in all different sizes.
  9. This old lamp post used to sit at the town’s square. Now it stands as a beacon to honor our veterans.
  10. This chunky little Buddha may be hard to find, so don’t be offended when he laughs at you.
  11. Like the Hansel & Gretel story, this gingerbread house is found among the groves. Look up to see its ornate peak.

Inside Actual Businesses…

  1. This location protects a historic printing operation and houses Ephrata relics. Enter in the rear and be impressed!
  2. This book mirrors its cloistered surroundings and can be found in the oldest business in Ephrata.
  3. A blue Smurf can be found jamming with the band in this masterful business.
  4. Inside this cupcake of a business, look for basil growing on the wall.
  5. Shirley Temple’s movie, “Just Around the Corner,” was all the rage when this establishment opened. Look hard to find the newspaper article announcing it because the staff will not make any concessions for you.
  6. A lot of history is poured into this building. Walk through the heavy wood & glass front door to give your spirits a lift and find the sign that reveals its original business.
  7. Check out the inside of this shop to refresh your soul and revive your spirits. Look for the old fashion keyboard to find keys to a treasure.
  8. Never cookie cutter, this unique business says, “All you need is love and a gingerbread man!”
  9. Both Christmas shop and art gallery, this business invites you to find the hanging Elvis.
  10. Walk into this business and look for the Tree of Life, which blesses this shop abundantly.

BONUS 3 Points: Take a picture of your team at a participating business and post to Facebook or Instagram, tagging @Mainspringofephrata.


Stumped? Click below for the answers!