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.Discover how to plan a Avella trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.
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
I was able to attend a field trip with my second graders class. The tour was very well done and professional. We toured a schoolhouse, blacksmith, 2 log homes and made candles. There is also a small m... more »
Meadowcroft is a significant archaeological site. The significance is that 16,000 years ago they found evidence of North Americans living here through remains of charcoal and fire debris as well as ar... 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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