Rough and Tumble Historical Association, Inc. is a unique 501(c)(3) non-profit museum located on 33 acres in Lancaster County in PA that helps preserve America's Agricultural and Industrial history by holding events throughout the year. We have many operating exhibits as well as numerous Steam Traction Engines including the 2nd Oldest running Steam Traction Engine in the US, the Schiedler built in 1886 recently restored! See the video of the first test of this engine in our 2012 Photo Gallery.
Ride two special Steam Trains that loop around our grounds. There is a huge collection of Gas Engines including the Oldest Internal Combustion engine running in North America built by Otto and Langen in 1867 and the oldest running Diesel Engine built by M.A.N. We have a large building of Stationary Steam Engines all running. You will see some of the best restored John Deere, IH, and Rumely tractors around to name a few. Our Model Shops have many very unique hand built items on display and running. Watch our Blacksmiths forging items. Founded in 1948, we are celebrating our 69th year in 2017 with the unique history as one of the longest and earliest running organizations of this type in the U.S.
Rough and Tumble is "The Most Complete Operating Steam and Gas Engine Show in the East"! Our Threshermen’s Reunion attracted thousands of visitors from across the U.S breaking attendance records last year. Come visit us and see up close the wide range of unique operating equipment of all types on our grounds. Counting Down to the Show!
The 69th R & T Threshermen's Reunion is the 2nd Oldest show in the Country to be held again August 16th to the 19th in 2017 featuring “Construction Equipment” with many unique antique diggers and crawlers running and featuring Hercules Gas Engines. We are also celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Otto and Langen atmospheric engine running at Rough and Tumble and will have two engines at the show.
A note regarding the tractor pull, Engines must be on the grounds for the 4 days of the Reunion Show if you wish to participate in the tractor pull.
Welcome to the New updated, mobile friendly Rough and Tumble Web Site. Our site allows members and visitors to join, renew, and update their Membership and purchase Membership and Gift Shop items on line with their credit card via PayPal. Members can also sign-in and update their profile information, read R & T By-Laws, Club Info, and download and print the quarterly Whistle newsletter.
John Deere Days will be held Rough & Tumble July 21 - July 22. This annual show is sponsored by the Waterloo Boys Two Cylinder Club of Southeastern Pennsylvania. See a Wide Range of John Deere Tractors with Deere History and Tractor Pulling Events. There will be Tractor Games and Pony Motor Demonstrations. On Saturday a Kiddy Tractor Pull as well as a Tractor Parade. More information is available here.
The 69th Annual Threshermen's Reunion featuring “Construction Equipment” with Hercules Gas Engines and celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Otto and Langen Atmosperic Engine August 16-19, 2017. The reunion program is available here.
Exhibits include Steam Traction Engines, Antique Tractors, Threshing Machines, Hit & Miss Gas Engines and Large Gas Engines. Ride Two Steam Trains that loop our grounds, Watch the Saw Mill and Shingle Mill in Operation. Visit the Model Shop , Antique Car Museum, and the Large Stationary Steam Engine Museum. See the featured Rumely Display, Stationary Balers, Antique Wagons and the new Line Shaft Machine Shop. There are many activities for Children including the Children’s Pedal Pull.
Watch the Blacksmiths pounding Iron, Walk thru the Huge Flea Market. See the large John Deere and IHC Displays, Numerous Craft Displays. Watch our Antique Earth Moving Equipment in Action. See the Daily Parade of Power and the Pageant of Threshing. Enjoy the Good Home Made Food with Plenty of Shade around the grounds. Evening activities include Tractor Pulls, Steam Games, and Antique Tractor Pulls.
The 2017 R&T Brochure is also now available here and can also be found in our Resources. You can see all the show schedules for the year and information on our 69th Annual Threshermen’s Reunion. In 2017 we will be featuring Construction Equipment on display and running. We will have all our normal displays with a special large collection of vintage construction equipment. Ray Fleetwood is planning on having acres of all types of running equipment. A poster is also available here.
The first Gas Engine School offered in the US was held June 24th and June 25th at Rough and Tumble in Kinzers, PA. Students had the opportunity to learn about and operate a variety of unique Gas Engines. These included the Oldest internal combustion engine and oldest running diesel engine in North America including the the large 485 HP Cooper engine. The first day was class room and the afternoon, showing Students all the different types of controls and engine designs. The second day, Students maintained and ran all the engines with Instructors support.
We are saddened to announce that long time member and steam traction operator Clifford Hedges Foster passed away Sunday. More information is available here. Clifford Hedges Foster, 78, of Sagaponack died on June 25.
Mr. Foster was an active member of the Long Island Farm Bureau, serving as its president for several years, and was also a member of the Long Island Cauliflower Association and the Long Island Antique Power Association. His love of tractors and other farming machinery, particularly antiques, led to his activity in that association, and he was a skilled machinist with the ability to fix almost any piece of equipment, even buying and converting old military trucks into brush fire trucks for the fire department.
Would you like to join or renew your Rough and Tumble membership? Click here for a printable Membership Application to mail, or Click here to Sign-up or Renew your Membership on-line via PayPal with your credit card.
Membership in Rough and Tumble is widespread both by age and geographically. It is not unusual to see three and even four generations of a family riding around the grounds on a huge steam traction engine during events. Likewise, the parking lot is full of cars and motor homes from all over the United States and Canada during Annual Reunions. Membership in Rough and Tumble renewable at the beginning of each year and is payable at the gift shop, via mail or now by PayPal with your credit card thru our web site. We also offer Lifetime memberships. Membership brings many benefits.
The very unique and rare Rough and Tumble Otto & Langen has gone through a cosmetic restoration. This is also the oldest internal combustion engine on this continent made in 1869 in Germany. You can see more photos and videos of this engine here. We will be celebrating the 150th anniversary of the engine this year!
All of us at R&T would like to thank all the Members, Volunteers, and Visitors that came to Rough and Tumble this year. It was a safe year with continued growth in the organization with big plans for August and future shows.
The Rough and Tumble web site has a new look and feel. The updated site is now Google mobile friendly and self-adjusting for all size screens from cell phones to tablets and large computer screens. Google analytics confirms that 52% of visits over the past year to our site were from computers, 36% from mobile phones, and 12% from tablets or 48% from mobile devices, nearly half the visits.
The updated site now has 20 large slides in rotation highlighting different areas of Rough and Tumble. In addition all photos from 2017 forward in the photos and videos area, will now be larger in size to view. Many of the web pages like the Gift Shop have a new highlighted look. The site is also faster loading for all but the older generation of computers. All the videos are also larger in viewing size now on the website for all years.
It is easy for people to join Rough and Tumble and members to update their individual or family memberships. After signing in, membership can be purchased on your credit card and membership cards will be mailed to you. After signing in, members can access “The Whistle” and Board meeting minutes along with committee information. Take a look at the updated website for all the yearly events and we hope to see you at the shows this year!
The Association is saddened to notify that long time member Jim Graybill, log time fixture member of Rough and Tumble passed away June 1st . He had a collection of 14 antique garden tractors and many hit-or-miss engines, that he restored and showed. Jim enjoyed woodworking and fixing things. More information is available here .
Steam School 2017, was held on Saturday May 20th and Sunday May 21th this year. Classes started at 9:00 am on Saturday in the St Johns meeting room. Steam School day 2 began Sunday at 8:30 at the Steam Traction Engine area. The class was full with great students and dedicated instructors and a good time was had by all. If you are interest in the next 2018 steam school come to Time of Harvest show in October to register for school. More info on the 2018 school is available here. The video of our 2017 school is available here.
The Rough and Tumble Pulling Committee is pleased to announce that starting this year (2017) we will be including Classic Tractors to our pulls along with the Antique Tractors. A new web page has been added for Tractor Pulling Information under R&T Information and can also be accessed here which included links to regulations.
The Spring Steam-Up was held May 12th and 13th at Rough and Tumble. We werebe plowing the adjacent field with Steam Traction Engines and Antique Tractors which is always great to see these engines working hard. All the buildings were open with exhibits around the grounds. On display and in operation are steam and gas engines, tractors, antique cars, models, blacksmith, saw mill, and Little Toot and the Shay! Photos and videos are available here.
The Gift Shop is being remodeled. You will see a beautiful redesigned and updated shop after the work is completed. Wayne Hartshorne is heading up the project and if you are interested in helping, please contact him.
There will be new flooring, fresh paint, new shelving, with the counters moved to improve access. The new windows have been installed.
It is the time of year around Rough and Tumble to prepare for the shows. Volunteers are working on projects around the grounds preparing for 2017 activities. Jim Wiest is the Volunteer Coordinator and is working on a variety of projects around the grounds. Every weekends Saturday Volunteer Activities can be seen on the Volunteer section in Saturday Volunteer Activities here. A special thanks for all the Volunteers that help make Rough and Tumble the great and unique organization it is today! We have several projects going on this year and more information can be found on our Volunteer Info page above. Another Volunteer with projects around the grounds to connect with is Wayne Hartshorne who is working on the gift shop.
Rough and Tumble has received some great reviews on TripAdvisor. We thank all the many people that visit our unique Museum every year. The link to TripAdvisor with our reviews can be found here.
The Patriot News of Central PA wrote a special article on what Rough and Tumble has to offer a visit to our grounds during shows. You can read their article "Rough and Tumble's show of power is like no other ", here.
Our Circa 1900's,Line Shaft "Machine Works" continues to grow and add more equipment. We would like to thank R & T Director Bud Burdy and his team for the beautiful job they are doing after much research on how to design and build the shop. You can see project photos in the Photo Albums. They are finding more interesting circa equipment as the project progresses. Notethe ceiling mounted line shafting.
Bill Hazzard and his team have worked the Cooper Engine Project for many years from dismantling it in Ohio, to bringing it back to R & T, pouring concrete and installing the engine. Bill was able to turn over the engine with compressed air in the summer of 2012 to prove the mechanics. The next step was to complete the exhaust, fuel supply lines, and cooling system which is now complete. The engine first ran for 30 minutes on 7/20/13 as shown on the video. Look at the Cooper Engine Project and New Running Videos in our photo section. New Notes and an engine diagram were added to photos pages.
A Great Piece of Cooper History from Roger Kriebel has been added regarding the Cooper Engine. You can see that information here.