The Allegheny National Forest, Mercyhurst Archaeological Institute of Mercyhurst College and the Warren County Historical Society will host an open house and media day at the Buckaloons archaeological site at Irvine, Pa., on Saturday, June 22. Interested groups and individuals may visit the area from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visitors to the area are also invited to stop by the Warren County Historical Society’s Clinton E. Wilder Museum located on Erie Avenue in Irvine. The museum will be open on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., AND on Monday, June 24, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Professors and students from Mercyhurst College, Forest Service representatives, and Passport In Time project volunteers will discuss the work being done at the sites during this field season. The work this year is focusing in two different areas – the historic mill sites and the Irvine Flats archaeological investigations. Walking tours with interpretation will be provided along the routes. Wear reasonable hiking shoes or boots, and be prepared for hot weather in the afternoon.
The Buckaloons site is rich in cultural history and is considered to be one of northwestern Pennsylvania’s most noted archaeological sites. Previous years’ excavations have revealed human occupations of the area that span over 12,000 years. Artifacts from past fieldwork will be available for viewing during the open house.
The Buckaloons area can be reached from Warren by taking US Route 6 west of Warren, and then turning south on US Route 62. Turn right just before the bridge crossing the Allegheny River. Proceed past the Buckaloons Area entrance sign for approximately 1/3 of a mile to the Irvine Flats area. Immediately after you cross the bridge at the Irvine Flats area, turn left onto the Forest Service Road that will be open for this tour. Forest Service employees will greet visitors as they arrive and show them where to park.