Imagine yourself…
In the footsteps of the very first Americans…
Standing where they stood 16,000 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, Pa., features a massive rock overhang used 16,000 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.

Meadowcroft Rockshelter Interior-copyright 2008 Ed MasseryMeadowcroft Rockshelter-copyright 2008 Ed Massery

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, a new 18th century log cabin and open-sided trading post, and a 19th century village that includes a church, one-room schoolhouse, and blacksmith shop.

Pictures BB 341-rgb OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA 18th century Indian cabin

Miller School



18th c. life





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.


Meadowcroft Visitor Center


Winter Hours: November – April
Closed Until Spring 2016

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

Summer Hours: Memorial Day – Labor Day
Wednesdays – Saturdays: Noon – 5 p.m.
Sundays: 1 – 5 p.m.

Fall Hours: Sept. & Oct.
Saturdays: Noon – 5 p.m.
Sundays: 1 – 5 p.m.