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, located in Avella, Washington County, Pa., features a massive, 16,000-year-old rock overhang used by our earliest ancestors for shelter.
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 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 travel 400 years into the past and re-live what life was like for the Eastern Woodland Indians.
New this year, a self-guided trail with informational signs will provide visitors with a new walking trail loop through the woods surrounding Meadowcroft. Visitors will learn how the forest served as the supermarket, pharmacy, clothing store, and much more to American Indians.
Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village. History 16,000 years in the making.
Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village is located at
401 Meadowcroft Road, Avella, PA 15312.