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Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village, Avella

Categories: Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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4.6/5 based on 45+ reviews on the web
Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village is located in Avella. Take a look at our Avella holiday planner to schedule your visit to Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • 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...  read more »
  • We happened to see this listed on the Heinz history center website, and clicked on the link. We SO wish we would have discovered info about it sooner, so we would have planned a longer time to be ther...  read more »
  • This is def off the beaten path. Bring a picnic lunch and spend a few hours exploring the "villages", museum and rock shelter. Warning: 60 steps up to get to the rick shelter and village paths are au ...  read more »
  • 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!
  • Awesome
  • 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.
  • I really enjoyed my visit yesterday. Lots of different history to see. Worth the trip and admission fee.
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