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Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village, Avella

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  • I've always wanted to visit this site because the findings from this dig led to the rewriting of the history books. The story of how the site was found is also interesting. It is coincidentally locate...  more »
  • The Medowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village is definitely worth a visit. It was on our list for years and we are very happy we made the trip. It is difficult to believe that Pre Clovis Indians fre...  more »
  • Meadwcroft is such a great place to visit and to take you back in time 16,000 years ago and tell you how things were then for the first persons to come into this area. How they left traces of their bo...  more »
  • Lots of things to do here. The rock shelter and presentation is very well done, as are the villages. Especially loved the native American village.
  • A great place to see how life was in North America before European settlers, and see how people lived in the early years of America.
  • Ten schools and about 180 4-6th graders on our visit. It was great! The kids loved it! I hit the target with the atlatl!
  • I really enjoyed my visit yesterday. Lots of different history to see. Worth the trip and admission fee.
  • This place is such a gem, I can't believe it isn't better-known in the Pittsburgh area. It's a really important site to the archaeology of the New World, and a really fun afternoon destination. It was the discovery of pre-Clovis artifacts right here at Meadowcroft in the 1970s that shot down the theory most of us learned in school, that Native Americans first came to the New World around 13,000. Since then, older sites have been found, but Meadowcroft is still the site with the longest history of continuous use in the whole New World -- at least 16,000 years. When you visit, you get a tour of the archaeological site (which is no longer being excavated). The museum also has recreated villages from different eras of local history -- a 17th century Monongahela culture village, an 18th century frontier trading post, and a 19th century village with a schoolhouse and a working blacksmith's shop. Each of these only has a few structures in it -- the scale of this is obviously not comparable to something like Williamsburg or Plimoth Plantation -- but it's still really interesting. It's a lot of fun for children of all ages as well as adults. The only downside worth noting is that they do NOT usually have any food on-site, so don't expect to eat lunch there unless you bring your own. Also, while the recreated villages are wheelchair-accessible, the archaeological site is up 66 steps from the parking lot.