AVELLA, Pa. - The 42nd-annual Washington and Greene Counties Covered Bridge Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 15-16 at the Pine Bank Bridge at the Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historical Village.
The Pine Bank Bridge, built in 1871, is the oldest surviving covered bridge in southwestern Pennsylvania.
The museum also includes a 19th century living history village with a one-room school, blacksmith shop, church and log houses, where visits can see re-enactors forge iron, make traditional open hearth dishes, spinning wool into yarn or "teaching" at the schoolhouse.
The 275-acre museum also includes a 16th century walled American Indian village, where visitors can visit a wigwam, a traditional "Three Sisters" garden and hunting and fishing camp. Hands-on opportunities include using an atlatl, a prehistoric spear thrower; pounding corn into meal with a mortar; cracking nuts with a nutting stone; and drilling holes with a pump drill.
The newest additions to the museum include a colonial-era fur trading; a 1770s Scandavian-style log cabin, such as Native Americans would have used; and a self-guided trail.
There also are exhibits on horse-drawn equipment, harness racing and country store memorabilia. The rockshelter is a prehistoric campsite that dates back 16,000 years.
Vitari's Vittles will be at the museum both days.
Admission to the museum is free, but a ticket is required to visit the rockshelter.
For information, visit www.heinzhistorycenter.org or call (724) 587-3412.