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August 26, 2019

How Do We Know People Used the Meadowcroft Rockshelter 19,000 Years Ago?

The Meadowcroft Rockshelter is a world-renowned archaeological site and a National Historic Landmark. It is an ideal campsite protected by a sandstone ledge high above Cross Creek. Prehistoric people camped there at least 19,000 years ago! But how do we know that?

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July 11, 2019

The Riot of Cliftonville

The area that was once the small mining village of Cliftonville, W.Va., sits about four miles from Avella, Pa., just across the state’s western border. There was nothing particularly special about Cliftonville until dawn on July 17, 1922, when the first shots were fired by a group of as many as 500 union miners marching on the mine in an attempt to stop nonunion miners from producing coal. When the firing subsided, at least 13 men, including Brooke County Sheriff H.H. Duval, lay dead, and many more were left wounded.

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April 24, 2019

Apples on the 18th-Century Frontier

As part of the continued development of Meadowcroft’s 18th-century Frontier Trading Post, we recently planted four Newtown Pippin trees. If all goes well, these six-foot-tall trees should begin producing apples within a year or two and provide for many years of cider making!

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