Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village, Avella

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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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  • This is one of 4 or 5 spots in the US where clear remains of human activity were found that date back to before the land bridge to Asia. Of course this was extremely controversial, but it has now been...  more »
  • It all started with a Groundhog. Awesome piece of History right in my hometown. You won't be disappointed in your visit!  more »
  • Came here with my significant other when we were looking for something to do for the afternoon. We really enjoyed our time. They have a diverse range of exhibits. We enjoyed learning from and chatting...  more »
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  • Very interesting place, worth the trip not to mention my family donated the Fairview church to Meadowcroft! Its a great place for a wedding!!
  • 16,000 Years of History all in one place. A must see destination for all families with school aged children. They'll experience enough in one day to provide them with the springboard background knowledge needed for their social studies classroom discussion on the Paleo People of the Americas.
  • Great historical place to visit. Highly recommend checking it out.
  • A Must Go! Fun for the whole family. Very interactive and exciting!
  • It is very good place to go get out and learn stuff
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