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401 Meadowcroft Road Avella Pennsylvania 15312

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Washington Country, living history, archeology, National Historic Landmark

Type of Venue: Museum

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Meadowcroft Rockshelter And Historic Village



Imagine yourself in our ancestors' footsteps. Standing where they stood 16,000 years ago. Using ancient technology to live off the land. 

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, which is part of the Senator John Heinz History Center's museum system, is located in Avella, Washington County, Pa., and features a massive, 16,000-year-old rock overhang used by our earliest ancestors for shelter. 

In addition to ancient history at the Rockshelter, visitors to Meadowcroft can also step back in time to experience rural life over 150 years ago. Meadowcroft Village carefully recreates all of the charming qualities of an Upper Ohio Valley village from mid-19th century, and a 16th century Indian Village allows visitors to re-live what life was like for the Eastern Indian Woodlands.


Adult: $12
Senior Citizens: $11
Retired & Active Duty Military: $6
Students with a valid school ID: $6
Children ages 6-17: $6
Children age 5 and under: Free
History Center Members: Free 

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