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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 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. 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 68th year in 2016 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 68th R & T Threshermen's Reunion is the 2nd Oldest in the Country to be held again August 17th to the 20th in 2016 featuring the “Steam Expo” with Alamo and Empire Gas Engines.
An additional feature is “Rusty Iron”, bring out your Rusty Iron for display, it has to be running.
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 sign-in and update their profile information, read R & T By-Laws, Club Info, and download and print the quarterly Whistle newsletter.
R & T Happenings and News:
Come join in on our final show of the year October 9th and 10th celebrating "A Time of Harvest". Special events will be held for children on Saturday including the Pedal Tractor Pull, Harvest Rides, Candy Corn Ring Toss, Pumpkin Bowling & other games and events for children including Pumpkin Face Painting and a Barrel Train Ride. Rough and Tumble equipment will be in operation from steam trains, gas engines, and the model shops, steam traction engines, and more. More information is available here. 2016 Steam School registration begins 8:00 am Friday Oct 9th.
We have some great Photos and Videos of this years events in 2015 including the 67th Thresherman’s Reunion available in our Photos and Videos Year 2015 page here. We would like to thank the members and visitors that posted the great videos on YouTube to share. We would also like to thank Photographer Sam Malek for the beautiful photos he took at Reunion this year that can be seen here.
This weekends Saturday volunteer projects can be seen on the Volunteer section in this weekend activities here.
The 67th Threshermen's Reunion set more new records in 2015. Another great weather week with no rain during the show and temperatures in the 80's! Flea market 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 38 steam engines running at the show. Even our new web site broke records with over 1,800 visitors per day during the reunion. In 2016 we will be featuring all types of Steam Engines for the most ever on display and running. To the left is a photo of many of the 2015 Officers and Directors taken Saturday at the show. Photos and Videos of the show have been added to the 2015 Photos and Videos page. You can find a highlight video here.
The new 2016 R&T Brochure is also now available here and can also be found in our Resources.
The Nominating Committee has recommended Officers and Directors for 2016. They are President Art Astle, 1st VP Bud Burdy, 2nd VP Dennis Hornberger, Secretary Nina Wolf, Treasurer Janice Glenn, Curator Dave Adams, and Chaplain Glenn Stauffer. The Directors are Matthew Lerch, Arthur Astle II, Norm Gay, Paul Stevens, Butch Biesecker, Steve McCoy, Warren Wolf, John DiSante, Don Sadler, Brian Oxee, Ray Fleetwood, and Dave Payeur. Alt Directors are Leroy Schwartz and Bill Reber. The 2016 Officers and Directors will be voted on at the Annual Banquet Meeting October 24th.
8/6/15 – It is with deep sadness and loss we inform all that steam enthusiast and long time R & T member A. J. Hamilton of Woodstown, New Jersey passed away in Elmer Hospital last night. He will be greatly missed by all his R & T friends and family. A.J. Hamilton has been coming to the Threshermen's Reunion since he was 8. He runs his unique 1926, double-cylinder, 60-horsepower Frick steam engine at shows and has been an Instructor in Steam School for many years. A. J’s In Memoriam can be see here.
The Winner of the John Deere 520 Tractor is Mark Pennington from Clayton, De.
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.
John Deere Days at Rough & Tumble was held July 24 - July 25. 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 were Tractor Games and Pony Motor Demonstrations. On Saturday there was a Kiddy Tractor Pull as well as a Tractor Parade. Don’t forget the annual Raffle Tractor Drawing! More information on the show is available here. Also there was a concert Friday night to enjoy! Photos are available here.
Steam School 2015 was held during two Saturdays in May. Rough and Tumble graduated another full class that was blessed with good weather and an excellent learning class. We had many steam traction engines to run and Little toot. The Shay was not available this year due to the restoration project.
Photos and a video photo story of Steam School 2015 is available to watch on our website here. We would like to also thank all our Instructors who taught safety and operation of our antique steam traction engines and train.
Rough and Tumble is looking for some volunteers to help restore our rare Coldwell Steam Lawn Mower and have it available to operate for the special 2016 Steam Show. If you have the interest and time, please let us know. More information and history is available here.
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 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.
A Great Piece of Cooper History from Roger Kriebel has been added regarding the Cooper Engine. You can see that information here.