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Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village

  • Address Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village
    401 Meadowcroft Road
    Avella, Pennsylvania 15312
  • Hours
    12:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
    1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
  • Phone 724-587-3412

Visit Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village

Plan Your Visit


Imagine yourself in the footsteps of the very first Americans. Standing where they stood 19,000 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, Pennsylvania, 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 archaeological 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. Or explore Meadowcroft from the comfort of your home through this interactive experience.

Spring Hours: May
Saturdays: Noon–5 p.m.
Sundays: 1–5 p.m.

Fall Hours: September and October
Saturdays: Noon–5 p.m.
Sundays: 1 – 5 p.m.

Winter Hours: November–April
Closed for the season.

Groups by appointment.

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