If you've never been to this remarkable historic site and history center just an hour west of Pittsburgh, — and plenty of Pittsburghers haven't — this offer of free entry
is the perfect excuse.
Photo courtesy of John Heinz History Center
Meadowcroft, in Avella, Washington County, is home to what's touted as the longest continuous site of human habitation in North America: a massive rock overhang
used as a seasonal shelter by Native Americans as long as 16,000 years ago
In addition to interpretive exhibits about that attraction, Meadowcroft (part of the John Heinz History Center
), also includes a replica of a 16th-century Eastern Woodland Indian Village and two 1770s-era structures like those European settlers would have inhabited in the Upper Ohio Valley.
Visitors can use an atlatl — a spear-throwing implement used by prehistoric hunters — watch a blacksmithing demonstration, and more.
Courtesy of the Jack Buncher Foundation, admission to Meadowcroft is free this Saturday and Sunday for all adults, children and seniors.
Meadowcroft is open noon-5 p.m. on Saturday and 1-5 p.m. on Sunday.
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