19,000 Years of History, All in One Day

Take your family on a day-long adventure at Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village, located in Avella, Washington County, Pa.

A National Historic Landmark, Meadowcroft features a massive rock overhang – the Rockshelter – used 19,000 years ago for shelter by the region’s first inhabitants. Take a tour of this internationally-renowned archeological treasure and learn more about the lives of Western Pennsylvania’s prehistoric hunters and gatherers.

At Meadowcroft’s interpretive villages, you can step back in time to encounter rural life over the past 500 years. Explore a wigwam and test your aim with a spear thrower at the 16th-century Eastern Woodland Indian Village, experience an 18th-century log cabin and open-sided trading post, and watch a blacksmith forge red-hot iron or take a lesson in a one-room school house at the site’s 19th-century Historic Village.

Hours & Location

Meadowcroft is open seasonally from May through October. Meadowcroft is located in the town of Avella in Washington County, Pa., about a one-hour drive from downtown Pittsburgh.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS

May Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Memorial Day to Labor Day Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Labor Day to October 30 Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission

All kids aged 17 and under receive FREE admission to the Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village now through October 30 when accompanied by a paying adult, thanks to support from community partner UPMC. This offer applies to general admission only (limit four kids per adult) and does not include group tours.

Adults $15
Senior Citizens (62+) $14
Children ages 6-17, Students with a valid school ID FREE
Children ages 5 and under FREE
History Center Members FREE
Retired & Active Duty Military Receive $2 off admission

Daily Tours

During Meadowcroft’s season, tours of the Rockshelter are offered daily and last approximately one hour. Times vary. Please check in at the Visitor Center to sign up for a Rockshelter tour, or call 724-587-3412 for more information.

Tickets may be purchased in advance online or at the door.

Meadowcroft Rockshelter, the oldest site of human habitation in North America, provides a unique glimpse into the lives of prehistoric hunters and gatherers. This National Historic Landmark, located in Avella, Washington County, Pa., features a massive rock overhang used 19,000 years ago for shelter by the first people in North America. 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 the past 500 years through a series of interpretive villages, including a 16th century Eastern Woodland Indian Village, an 18th century log cabin and open-sided trading post, and a 19th century village that includes a church, one-room schoolhouse, and blacksmith shop.

Bring a picnic lunch, relax, and enjoy Meadowcroft’s beautiful rural setting for the afternoon. Plan to spend at least three hours if you want to see all that Meadowcroft has to offer.

Thank you to the Observer-Reporter for being Meadowcroft’s media sponsor.

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