Welcome to Penn Dixie!



Penn Dixie — a global geological treasure — is ranked as the #1 fossil park in the U.S. in a 2011 scientific study. At the site of a former cement quarry in Hamburg, NY, our visitors can collect and keep Devonian Period fossils including trilobites.

Penn Dixie is operated by the Hamburg Natural History Society, logo_300dpi copy copyInc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Our mission is to promote the hands on study of natural sciences, including geology, astronomy, and ecology through the operation of the Penn Dixie Fossil Park and Nature Preserve, a tourist attraction for individuals of all ages and backgrounds.


Major funding is provided by Erie County and our community supporters. Program proceeds — including tax-deductible donations — support the conservation of our site, upkeep of facilities, and educational staffing.


First time visitors should read our Frequently Asked Questions and Visitor Information. For more detailed information, read our 1999 field trip guide and the Geology and Paleontology of Eighteen Mile Creek by Amadeus Grabau. Still have questions? Contact us here.