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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 just 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 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 held August 13-16, 2014! Counting down to the event.
Welcome to the New Rough and Tumble Web Site. Our new 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 Whistle. You can download our new 2014 brochure here.
R & T Happenings and News:
Farm Collector Magazine published info on Steam Schools given around the country. They included photos of the Rough and Tumble 2013 Steam School and our R & T School information as part of their yearly school article in their February edition you can see here.
****Rough and Tumble has updated the Where To Stay page on our website under Visitors Info. If you are from out of town and attending one of our shows or just taking a trip to Lancaster County, you can find a variety of places to stay here.
Rough and Tumble has several projects that need Volunteer Assistance this year. There are several projects currently in the planning stage for this year. If you have some free time, please come out and help our dedicated staff. The first Saturday of each month is Work Saturday and we can use your help in many areas. You can learn about the projects for 2014 including the Gift Shop Painting project here.
The Association is saddened to notify that long time member Earl Leary passed away on February 24th, 2014. Earl loved Rough and Tumble and would often come to shows with his Banjo and play music with the other "Little Toot" musicians under the awning at the station. In the photo to the right, Early Leary is on the right, Chuck Savitske is in the middle and Jim Faust is on the Left. You can find Earl's Memoriam on our web site here.
New this year, R & T and Fox Chapel Publishing will be co-hosting a Woodworking Show during the "Spring Steam Up" on May 9th and May 10th. Classes and demonstrations throughout both days will provide expert instruction on woodcarving, woodturning, scroll sawing, and more. Manufacturers and tools suppliers will also be exhibiting the latest gadgets and gear. For more information visit, www.wood-show.com. You can see additional information on the woodworking event on our website here.This event will NOT be held during Blacksmith Days.
The Blood Mobile for Rough and Tumble's Joy Frantz Memorial Annual Blood Drive, Central PA Blood Bank (By the Gift Shop) will be onsite Sat 8:30 - 1 PM at Spring Steam-Up, John Deere, and Time of Harvest Shows.
The 66th Annual Threshermen's Reunion and 22nd Rumley Products Expo Commemorative Truck features the 1/64th scale die-cast metal truck with a Rumley 15-30F. This Rumley was made from 1911 to 1918 with a total of 3,847 built. This was the only single cylinder Rumley OilPull built. It's bore and stroke was 10 x 12 inches. The F weighed 16,500 lbs. and ran at 375 RPM. The form to order is truck available is here and in Resources.
The Truck is available for $75.47 plus $4.53 tax per truck (PA only) with $11.50 shipping for the first truck and $2.00 for each additional truck. Orders must be preordered prior to September 1st 2014 and quanities are Limited based on preorders! You may pick up the Truck at Reunion or have it shipped.
The Waterloo Boys are working on a project for "Across America for Wounded Heroes". On April 26, 2014 a tractor will leave NJ and go across the US with a goal to raise $1 million plus. The Wounded Heroes is really what it is all about and they want to raise funds for these hurting individuals, changing lives one mile at a time. If you happened to visit the PA Farm Show in Harrisburg, the newly constructed tractor was on display at the Farm Show. You can see their web site with photos, information, and a web cam during the cross America journey 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.
2013 Photos from all our events have been added in the photo section. New Video's have been also been added to the 2013 Photos and Videos album from Reunion. Many of these videos are taken by Members or Visitors and we are happy to share them on our website.
The 65th Threshermen's Reunion set New Records in 2013. Best weather in memory with no rain 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 50 steam engines running at the show. Even our new web site broke records with over 1,500 visitors per day during the reunion.
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 ran for 30 minutes on 7/20/13 as shown on the New 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.