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Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village
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Georgetown, Pa
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23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Getting better”
Reviewed November 25, 2013

This place takes around 3 hours at most to see everything. I have been there several times because I like spending money locally and also like to see the improvements. It can be interesting, but it depends on what you are into. If you are into this type of stuff with the Indian lore and history then you will have a great time. If you are just looking for something to do or have kids that are high strung then it is probably not the place for you.

Visited May 2013
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Macedonia, Ohio
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466 reviews
136 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 198 helpful votes
“Much More Than I Expected”
Reviewed November 11, 2013

I am interested in all that the Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village has to offer and it is worth more exploration than maybe just one visit. It was more than I expected. I was part of a bus tour to this location and was treated to a number of expert talks about the history of the Rockshelter. Here the story of the most recent discovery and research conducted there is explained in a manner all can understand. An historic village has been recreated with tour guides in many buildings. On my visit I enjoyed the talk by a very good teacher in the "common school" that was interesting for us children of all ages! Also there was an American Indian village to explore with a most knowledgeable guide. There were lots of things to see and touch and do. Finally I toured the Miller Museum that was an extra bonus. The gift shop was very nice and there are lots of things children would like. All I could think about is I want to come back. There is a special Indian activities program during the last weekend of September that I will return for in 2014. There was plenty of parking in this beautiful setting, very clean restrooms, and snacks and goodies for sale. This is a must see when you are looking for something different to explore. I understand that the attraction has seasonal hours so I suggest calling to check hours of operation.

Visited November 2013
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pittsburgh
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13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Amazing History”
Reviewed October 15, 2013

Visiting the rockshelter that has artifacts that dating at least 16,000 years was amazing stimulation for the imagination. It appears that there is a movie and narrator every hour or so that gives you an overview of the history of Meadowcroft Rockshelter. Part of the appeal of the visit is the story behind the site so I will omit the particulars here. The history will reveal the reasons behind the "Village" that sits up by the Welcome Center. There is also a replica of a Native American Indian village to tour at your leisure.

Smaller children would probably enjoy walking through the villages but may become restless at the actual archeological site (rockshelter). Adults interested in history and archeology will be riveted. Standing on the deck by the site overlooking Cross Creek, one can almost imagine the ancient 'campers' who passed through and stayed at this shelter so many years ago.

Visited October 2013
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Orlando, Florida
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71 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Loved It”
Reviewed October 13, 2013

I'm an archaeologist, so this was right up my alley. The visitor's center has a gift shop and area where you can view a video about the history of the site. There is also a living history museum with set ups of different time periods. You can learn about the natives, settlers, etc. The rockshelter is a short drive away. There is a guide there to explain all about it and its set up as it would be during an excavation. It's a great spot to visit if you're even vaguely interested in history.

Visited September 2013
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Washington, Pennsylvania
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36 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Great Place”
Reviewed August 10, 2013

It's great to see a little history around Southwestern PA. It's not a very big place. It's very interesting to see how the rocks and surroundings have formed for many many many years. It takes a little time to walk through, to listen and just enjoy the outdoors. Enjoy the history.

Visited August 2013
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