This 275-acre museum seeks to preserve the history of life on the land in Western Pennsylvania over the past 16,000 years.
The focal point is the Meadowcroft Rockshelter, a shallow cave-like opening and archaeological site in a bluff overlooking Cross Creek (a tributary of the Ohio River), about 36 miles west-southwest of Pittsburgh. The Rockshelter is the oldest site of human inhabitation in North America, with evidence of man living there for nearly 16,000 years. The site was named a National Historic Landmark in 2005.
Another key element is Meadowcroft Village, which carefully recreates all of the charming qualities of an Upper Ohio Valley village from mid-19th century. Recently a 16th century Indian Village was added, allowing visitors to travel 400 years into the past and re-live what life was like for the Eastern Woodland Indians.
Meadowcroft is operated by the Senator John Heinz History Center.
Wednesday through Saturday, Noon to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Open Memorial Day through Labor Day only.
Meadowcroft has its own parking facilities.