Courtesy Senator John Heinz History Center.

Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village
July 30 & 31
Noon to 5 p.m., 1 to 5 p.m.

Summer is all about outdoor exploration, adventure and discovery. This weekend’s free admission days at Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village will provide the perfect family outing combining hands-on history, culture and the wonders of our natural environment.

Courtesy Senator John Heinz History Center.

On Saturday, July 30 and Sunday, July 31, visitors of all ages to the National Historic Landmark will receive free admission, courtesy of the Jack Buncher Foundation.

Kids and kids at heart can channel their inner archeologist at what is the oldest site of human habitation in North America.

Marvel at the site’s massive, rock overhang used by the region’s earliest inhabitants for shelter more than 16,000 years ago, and then travel back through time to experience what everyday life was like for residents of the Upper Ohio Valley over the past 400 years.

Courtesy Senator John Heinz History Center.

Next, head into the site’s unique 16th-century Eastern Woodland Indian Village to step inside a wigwam, check out recreated prehistoric artifacts, and participate in hands-on activities exploring American Indian agriculture. Be sure to try your hand at using a spear thrower used by prehistoric hunters called an atlatl.

Inside two 1770s-era structures, visitors will discover fascinating similarities and differences between the everyday lives of European settlers and American Indians who occupied the Upper Ohio Valley during the frontier period.

Courtesy Senator John Heinz History Center.

Zoom to the 19th-century to come face-to-face with elements of everyday existence for families living in a country village more than 100 years ago. Walk through a covered bridge, enjoy a lesson in a one-room schoolhouse, watch a blacksmith forge red-hot iron, take a seat in a church, and explore two cozy log houses.

Named one of the “Five Great Places to See Evidence of First Americans” by Smithsonian magazine, the international tourist destination—which is practically situated in Pittsburgh’s backyard—welcomed more than 17,000 visitors from 41 U.S. states and 17 countries in 2013 alone.

Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village is open Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 5 p.m., and on Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. through Labor Day.

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Jennifer Baron

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator...