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 newly 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. 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 66th year in 2014 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. The R & T Threshermen's Reunion is the 2nd Oldest in the Country to be held again August 12th - 15th in 2015!  

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                                                                    Winter 2014                                                                    

Welcome to the 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 update their profile information, read Board Minutes, and download and print the quarterly Whistle newsletter.  

 

R & T Happenings and News:

As we get close to Christmas, Rough and Tumble has many special R & T gift items from our online gift shop available to ship to your door for Christmas.  You can see all the items available from our gift shop here.

All of us at Rough and Tumble would like to thank all our friends, members, and visitors for a wonderful safe year filled with sharing the history that we exhibit at our unique museum. 

An interesting R & T video slide show has been added to the 2014 photos and videos. Photos were taken by Nikki Brown and I merged the photos into a start to finish slide show detailing the equipment setup up before the Reunion show and displaying equipment now winterized and stored in buildings with autumn leaves. You can view this new video in our Photos and Videos Year 2014 or click here

A $10.3 million dollar project to relieve traffic congestion in Gap where Rt. 41 intersects with Rt. 30 will begin in the spring.  The 2 year Gap Bottleneck Improvement Project will allow two lanes in either direction as shown on the map to help traffic flow.  This should also help with traffic at Rough and Tumble during busy shows. We are located about a mile west from the project at the far top left on the map where R&T is. More information is available here.

The Association is saddened to notify that long time member John McCarter passed away on November 15th, 2014. More information is available here .

The 54th Rough and Tumble Annual Membership meeting was held Saturday Oct. 25 at the White Horse Fire Hall followed by our Annual Banquet.  There was entertainment provided by “Hot off the Press” with great food and Rough and Tumble door prizes. Photos from the event are available for viewing here.

 The 2015 Officers are; President Arthur Astle, 1st Vice President  Butch Biesecker, 2nd Vice President Bud Burdy, Secretary Nina Wolf, Treasurer Janice Glenn, Curator Dave Adams, Chaplain Nevin Brubaker. The 2015 Directors are;  Matthew Lerch, Arthur Astle II,  Dennis Hornberger, Paul Stevens, Larry Hess, Glenn Stauffer, Warren Wolf, Allen Gruver, Don Sadler, Jim Conte, Bill Reber, and Harvey Bashore with 2015 Alt Directors Ray Fleetwood, Brian Oxee.  

Members are always invited to attend the monthly Board meetings and becoming involved. Looking ahead, R & T will need several new Directors for 2016.  Come and attend some meetings and hear what it takes to run Rough and Tumble as the unique organization it is.

Many came out on October 10th and 11th  for our “A Time of Harvest” Show!  This was the final event for the museum and was a chance to see many of the exhibits running for the last time until spring.  We tailor this event for the children.  You could find pumpkin painting, games, kid’s tractor pull and our very popular “needle in the haystack” game.  We button things up following this event.   

We often joke that Rough and Tumble is Lancaster County’s Best Kept Secret.  We always appreciate everyones help in getting the word out that we are here and welcoming people at the gate for a complete day of fun and education at our unique Museum.

​WGAL TV Channel 8 visited the 66th Annual Thresherman’s Reunion and did this special story on “Little Toot” you can listen to here

The R & T Fall Whistle has been added in Member Information.  Members can log in and go to Member Info and download the new Whistle with highlights and photos of the Threshermen’s Reunion and other R & T news.

Engineers and Engines Magazine visited the Rumely Expo at the 66th Thresherment’s Reunion this year.  You can find the article from their October-November Magazine 2014 written by Brenda Stant here.

We have some Very Special Photos and Videos of this years Annual Threshermen’s Reunion on our Website.  Photos and Videos from all events  in 2014 including the 66th Thresherman’s Reunion are available in our 2014 page here. We would like to thank the members and visitors that posted the great videos on YouTube to share.

The 66th Threshermen's Reunion set more New Records in 2014. Another great weather week with no rain during the show and temperatures in the 70's! Fleamarket filled to capacity. Most exhibited equipment. Parking lot's filled to over flow capacity. Parade stands filled. The widest collection of parade machinery almost anywhere and over 35 steam engines running at the show. Even our new web site broke records with over 1,700 visitors per day during the reunion. In 2016 we will be featuring all types of Steam Traction Engines for the most ever on display and running.

We have added the new 2015 R & T Brochure to the website to download and read. The 2016 Schedule is also announced in this Brochure. You can find the Program and Brochure here. 

The Saw Mill roof replacement is complete with the beautiful engine exhaust hood!  The old roof was removed in June and the new roof is now up with final touches being completed. Watch us cut wood this year!

The photo to the right and more here shows the new roof up and the sawmill is being prepared for lot’s of log sawing at Reunion. The new roof is larger and higher and increases the work space available. 

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. Note the 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.  

                                      
 

      
 

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