Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village, Avella

#69 of 232 in Historic Sites in Pennsylvania
Historic Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
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.

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.
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  • 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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