Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village opens for 2022 season May 1 | News, Sports, Jobs

AVELLA – Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village, part of the Senator John Heinz History Center family of museums, will open for its 2022 season on May 1.

Meadowcroft is a Washington County National Historic Landmark. Visitors of all ages can explore the rock shelter, an archaeological marvel where the area’s first inhabitants dwelt over 19,000 years ago.

A popular day trip for families in the Tri-State area, Meadowcroft takes visitors on a historic journey through three recreated villages:

≤ In the 16th-century Monongahela Indian Village, visitors can step into a wigwam, test their skills with the atlatl (a prehistoric propellant), and learn about Native American agriculture.

≤ At the 18th-century Frontier Trading Post, they can examine buildings from the 1770s and learn how Native Americans and European settlers learned from each other.

≤ In the 19th century village of Meadowcroft, visitors can enjoy a lesson in a one-room schoolhouse and watch a blacksmith forge red-hot iron.

Meadowcroft will offer a robust schedule of public programs in the 2022 season, including its annual atlatl competition where visitors can try out the old pitcher, an 1860s baseball day and special insider tours of the rock shelter.

≤ Meadowcroft Atlatl Competition, June 18: Beginners are invited to try their hand at using the atlatl, a propellant used by prehistoric hunters, and watch some of the world’s best competitors from the World Atlatl Association compete for the highest score . This year, members of the Shawnee tribe will discuss prehistoric hunting techniques and demonstrate tool production in the Indian village of Monongahela.

≤ Independence Day, July 3: Celebrate the spirit of America with historical demonstrations and period games in the 18th-century border area of ​​Meadowcroft and the 19th-century rural village.

≤ Meadowcroft Rock Shelter Insider Tours, July 9, September 3, October 9 and November 5: Visitors can enjoy exclusive insider tours with James M. Adovasio, who has achieved international acclaim with his archaeological excavations of the rock shelter in 1973. -registration required.

≤ Vintage Baseball Day, August 20: Come and watch baseball (originally two words) in 19th century style with the Somerset Frosty Sons of Thunder, Addison Mountain Stars and Keystone Base Ball Club, which will use 1860s rules. Bring a picnic and enjoy America’s favorite pastime.

≤ 19th-Century Chocolate, August 27: Curious to know how chocolate has changed through the ages? Join us for this sweet look at how chocolate was produced and consumed in the 19th century and enjoy a sample.

≤ Washington and Greene Counties Covered Bridge Festival: September 17-18: Visit the 1871 pine covered bridge at Meadowcroft during this free admission, annual celebration of covered bridges. For more information about the festival, visit

≤ Life with a Shawnee Family, October 1-2: Learn about the Shawnee people by talking with a visiting Shawnee family, who will demonstrate some of the daily life skills of their ancestors in 18th century western Pennsylvania.

≤ Penn Woods Walk, October 2: In cooperation with the Pennsylvania Forestry Association, the State of Penn, the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, and others across the Commonwealth, Meadowcroft will serve as home venue for a day of educational woodland walks, highlighting Pennsylvania’s forest and wildlife resources from prehistoric times to the present day.

≤ Archeology Day, October 8: Have you ever wondered how archaeologists discover the daily life of prehistoric peoples? Do you have an artefact that you would like to have professionally identified? As part of Pennsylvania Archeology Month, archaeologists from the Society for Pennsylvania Archeology will give talks and identify artifacts, along with demonstrations of prehistoric technology. The site will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Meadowcroft’s Taffy Pull and Fall Celebration, October 22: Join us for the final event of the season at one of our historic log homes to learn about historic confections while baking a treat at the old to take home. Pre-registration required.

After its opening day on May 1, Meadowcroft is open on weekends from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. until Memorial Day. During the summer season (Remembrance Day to Labor Day), the site is open Wednesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. After Labor Day, the site is open on weekends until October 30.

All events are included with regular admission to Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village. Admission is $15 for adults, $14 for seniors, and $7 for children ages 6-17. Children under 6 and members of the History Center enter free. For more information, visit or call (724) 587-3412.

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