Vintage Base Ball Day

Saturday, August 20, 2022 • 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Included with Meadowcroft admission | Purchase Tickets

Add to Calendar08/20/2022 10:00 AM08/20/2022 04:00 PMAmerica/New_YorkVintage Base Ball GameCome watch base ball (originally two words) 19th century style.Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic VillageMeadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic VillagefalseMM/DD/YYYY

It’s time to PLAY BALL, 19th-century style!

Meadowcroft will host its annual Vintage “Base Ball” Day on Saturday, Aug. 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Come watch base ball (originally two words) 19th-century style with the Somerset Frosty Sons of Thunder, Addison Mountain Stars, and the Keystone Base Ball Club, who will use 1860s rules. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy America’s favorite pastime!

The teams will play three games, round-robin style, using the rule book adopted on March 14, 1860, by the National Association of Base-Ball Players that included many distinct differences from the pastime we know and love today:

• Gloves were not commonly used.
• Players were referred to as “ballists.”
• A batter was called a “striker.”
• A fly ball caught after one bounce resulted in the batter, or striker, being called out.

Throughout the day, step even further back in time and enjoy family-friendly activities offered at Meadowcroft. Please note that the Frontier area will be closed due to the game.

Explore an Indian wigwam in a recreated 16th-century Monongahela Indian Village, watch a blacksmith forge red-hot iron in the 19th-century Meadowcroft Village, and tour the Rockshelter, a National Historic Landmark and the oldest site of human habitation in North America.

The event is included with standard Meadowcroft admission: $15 for adults, $7 for children between the ages of 6-17, $14 for senior citizens, and $7 for students.


Tickets to Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village are available for advance purchase online. Purchasing tickets in advance is encouraged, but tickets will also be sold at the Visitor Center depending on availability and capacity limits.


For information about admission, directions and parking, and accessibility, please click here.

For more information, please contact Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village at 724-587-3412.