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Rough and Tumble Historical Association, Inc. is a unique 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 Rumley 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!
Winter 2013 News
All of us at Rough and Tumble would like to thank all our members and visitors for a record breaking year in 2013 with attendence and exhibits. We hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas Holiday and New Year's as we look forward to 2014. The mid-winter get together will be held February 8th and is a good time to visit and catch up on the past year and the new year.
This image is from Christmas cards available from Engineers and Engines available here. The Rough and Tumble Steam School Program would like to again thank Engineers and Engines Magazine for financially donating to education used in our Steam School for scholarships.
Christmas time is quickly approaching and for our first time, you can easily order your Christmas gifts from our Gift Shop, on-line with Pay Pal. We have added new items including a "Little Toot" sweat shirt for kids with a hood and many other new Rough and Tumble items. Better yet, we will ship your special gift items to your address. Take a look at our Gift Shop items here.
"A Time of Harvest" show was held October 11th and 12th. This was a wonderful time to enjoy our fall show. See corn husking and machinery demonstrations, steam engines, antique cars and trucks, the sawmill, two steam trains, antique tractors and gas engines, plus special children's activities fit for the season! Everyone came out for the cool fall season and enjoyed a simplier life from our past. The kids enjoyed playing in the the hay, pumpkins, the pedal puller, Little Toot, and all the activities planned for our final show this year.
Steam School 2014 is Full! Our 2014 school filled in a record 1 hour this year. Thank you students for signing up early with the pouring rain. Our 2014 class ages range from 14 to 72 with 1 husband/wife team and and 3 father/son teams with a student as far away as South Dakota. Class size is limited to the first 27 students who apply. Click here for more information on our 2015 Steam School.
The Patroit News of Central PA wrote a good article on what Rough and Tumble has to offer a visit to our grounds. You can read their article "Rough and Tumble's show of power is like no other", here.
2013 Steam School, IH Show, John Deere, Reunion, and Time of Harvest Photos 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.
A New Video 10/4/13 has been added to 2013 Photos and Videos (second video down) showing the Pageant of Threshing at the Threshermen's Reunion. The show starts in the Little Toot area utilizing hand and horse power and moves to the Threshing area where a Model T Car, Steam Traction Engine, and Tractor are used for threshing.
The 65th Threshermen's Reunion set New Records this year. 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.
We wanted to Thank all the Volunteer Members that made this most successful show Ever! There is so much to be done between set-up, tear down, grounds support, people movers, gift shop, etc. We also found many new Vistors who were amazed to find all that Rough and Tumble has to offer. We hope people can come back and visit at our "Time of Harvest" show in October and especially next years Reunion to be held August 13-16, 2014.
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 2012 and 2013 Photo Albums. They are finding more interesting circa equipment as the project progresses.
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.
**Special Limited Edition Cooper Engine / R & T Coffee Mugs and Beverage Holders are available at the Gift Shop**.
Garden Tractor Pullers - In the interest of uniformity, any participants interested in pulling in the Garden Tractor pull that is held on the Saturday of Reunion, held in August, will be required to set up and display all four days of the show. This four day requirement is already enforced for the large tractor pullers. With two very popular features scheduled for both 2013 and 2014 we will not be able to allot the "spare" parking field for the Saturday morning parking of trucks and trailers that usually come with the Saturday only pullers. Thank you for understanding that this is a necessary change to accomodate the need for more display and flea market space. More info here.