Meadowcroft Rockshelter, the oldest site of human habitation in North America, provides a unique glimpse into the lives of prehistoric hunters and gathers. This National Historic Landmark, located in Avella, Washington County, Pa., features a massive rock overhang used 16,000 years ago for shelter by the first people in North America. The enclosure at Meadowcroft Rockshelter provides visitors with a unique, never-before-seen perspective into the oldest and deepest parts of this internationally-renowned archeological excavation.You can plan Avella trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.
In addition to ancient history at the Rockshelter, visitors to Meadowcroft can also step back in time to experience rural life over the past 500 years through a series of interpretive villages, including a 16th century Eastern Woodland Indian Village, an 18th century log cabin and open-sided trading post, and a 19th century village that includes a church, one-room schoolhouse, and blacksmith shop.
Bring a picnic lunch, relax, and enjoy Meadowcroft’s beautiful rural setting for the afternoon. Plan to spend at least three hours if you want to see all that Meadowcroft has to offer.
Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village reviews
Bones carbonated about 16,000 years old! Evidence of people using the shelter thousands and thousands of years ago. more »
My husband, daughter, granddaughter (then 9), grandson (13) & I went to walk on the paths to the Indian Village, Schoolhouse, Home, Blacksmith, museums & Rockshelter Tour. We all enjoyed the day and..... more »
My family and I enjoyed the historical aspect of the park. We also got to see ' The Frosty Sons of Thunder' Play baseball like they played in the 1800's. Good time had by all.
The tour of the excavation site was wonderful. All exhibits were very well done. The tour guides were very informative and answered questions. Enjoyed the whole experience.
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