Frontier Trading Post

The first European settlers arrived in Western Pennsylvania during the 18th century. The Old World and new collided on the frontier, as Europeans and Africans encountered the native Lenapes, Shawnees, and Iroquoian-speaking Mingoes.

The often violent frontier became a cultural mixing ground. American Indians traded furs and deerskins for a wide variety of European goods. Backcountry settlers in turn adopted native food crops, articles of clothing, and forest survival skills. Despite their many cultural differences, Indians and Europeans shared a common, vital need for the land and its natural resources.

At the 1770s frontier trading post, visitors will visit a trading shelter typical of the first few years of European settlement in Western Pennsylvania and learn about the many challenges both Native people and European settlers faced as these cultures came together.

Frontier Heritage Weekend at Meadowcroft

While constructing a log cabin in Meadowcroft’s 18th century Frontier Trading Post area, workers raise a log into position with the use of a gin pole, pulleys, and rope.

Sawyers use a pit saw to produce planks from a section of a poplar tree in Meadowcroft’s 18th century Frontier Trading Post area.