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 72nd year in 2020 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 73rd R & T Threshermen's Reunion is the 2nd Oldest show in the Country to be held again next year August 18-21, 2021
Rules of the Grounds:
• No Camping
• No Firearms
• No Alcoholic Beverages
• No Bikes Of Any Kind (1, 2, or 3 wheels)
• No Exotic Animals
• Rough and Tumble Engineers Historical Association Reserves the Right to Refuse Admittance to Anyone at Anytime for Any Reason. (This includes Members). Admission Guidelines can be found here.
Welcome to the 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.
Facebook users can also look at the The Rough and Tumble Historical Association page we help support here. Please “Like” the page and you will see updates.
Jack C. Norbeck, 79, of Coplay, died Monday, October 19, 2020 in his home. Born in Greensburg, Westmoreland County, PA, December 8, 1940, Jack was the son of the late Oscar E. and Ann (Teets) Norbeck. He faithfully and honorably served his country in the U.S. Army in Germany during a peacetime era. Jack was employed as a clerk at Sears in the Whitehall Mall for many years before retiring. He was a member of Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, Whitehall.
A published photographer and author, Jack founded Norbeck Research in 1978, and represented the United States as an ambassador of the International Order of Merit. Fondly known as "The Steam General", he authored the "Encyclopedia of American Steam Traction Engines". Vice Chancellor Norbeck's work was also featured in such publications as Draft Horse Journal and Engineers & Engines Magazine. His educational library exhibit "The Great Steam Era" was seen and enjoyed by millions of people on all seven continents. He had a kind, gentle spirit and optimism that warmed the hearts of those who knew him. Jack was a Lifetime member and a frequent figure at R&T.
Survivors: Brother, Barry W. Norbeck (Mary) of Locust Grove, VA; nephew, Daniel W. Norbeck (Colleen) of Saugatuck, MI; niece, Melinda A. Norbeck of Philadelphia, PA.
Service: Private and at the convenience of the family. No public calling hours. The Heintzelman Funeral Home, Inc. in Schnecksville is in charge of arrangements. Online expressions of sympathy may be recorded at www.heintzelmancares.com. More information is available here.
A Thank You Letter written by Steve Drumm is available here to read regarding the Bnquet and R&T. Thank you Steve!
The Rough and Tumble Membership meeting and BBQ was held September 26th at Rough and Tumble for Members. The weather was a little damp and there was a delay with food, but the day turned out well to be enjoyed by all. Little Toot and the Shay were running. Also the blacksmiths were busy, the machine shop was open and gas engines were running. Photos from the event can be seen here.
The results of the 2020 Tractor Pulls in July and August are available here.
The Directors and Officers for 2021 are President Bud Burdy, 1st VP Dennis Hornberger, 2nd VP Butch Biesecker, Secretary Nina Wolf, Treasure Janice Glenn, Curator Bill Hazzard and Chaplain Jeff Long. Directors are Allen Gruver, Steve McCoy, Jonathan Riehl, Paul Stevens, Dave Payeur, Glenn Stauffer, Warren Wolf, Douglas Carlisle, Tom Harding, Wayne Hartshorne, Bill Reber, and Walter Wilson. Alternate Directors are Dave Adams and Kathleen Hazzard.
R&T Tractor Pulling information 9/16/2020
Hello everyone from the Rough and Tumble Pulling Committee, We certainly hope that everyone is doing good and staying healthy through these uncertain times. We want to make everyone aware of the NEW Pulling Rules and ask that if you are planning to join us at one of our pulls that you read the new rules and note changes to weight classes, hitch requirements and other changes to the Rules. We are also happy to announce that we are adding a new choice for 1st Place Winners which is a 1st Place T-Shirt. Understand you may have either a trophy or a t-shirt.
Please continue to check the Rough and Tumble Website for updates on all of the Tractor Pulls. The results of the 2020 Pulls in July and August are available here.
Thank You and Stay Safe
Walter Wilson – Pulling Committee Chairperson
The updated 2020 Antique Tractor Pulling Regulations are available in Resources and are available here.
Some Exciting R&T News. Rough and Tumble will be converting the old Schatz Food Service #5 building near the entrance to a Museum for Hit and Miss Small Gas Engines. Engines will be on display and running. This will be a 2020 project with engines stored in the Engine Haus #16 moved into the remodeled building. The Board of Directors in the January meeting approved the new display area and look forward to this new addition to the Museum.
Rough and Tumble Historical Association will be celebrating their 75th Anniversary in 2023. To mark this Diamond Anniversary, the Shows Committee is beginning the monumental task of creating a “Diamond Jubilee Book”. We would like to request that you share your stories, memories, pictures and anything else you would like to share, to be included in this book. Shows Committee members will be at the mid-winter get together, meeting with anyone who would like to share. Additionally, you can contact them via email to send a story or to arrange a phone call or meeting at [email protected].
The Merge's family and ace Stanley mechanic Kelly Williams score the first steam up of the new decade with R&T's Stanley Steamer getting it running work Day Feb 1st 2020
WPBS Video of R&T
2019 was a Very Sucessful Tractor Pulling year with many pulls of all different classes. The 2019 Tractor Pulling Results and Regulations are available here.
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 2021 R&T Brochure is now available here. Please note if you renew your membership online via paypal before you receive your mailed membership card just prior to a show, you should bring your PayPal receipt for entrance.
The 73rd Annual Threshermen's Reunion will be held August 18-21 2021 featuring Oddball/Orphan Tractors, Ford/Fordson Tractors, and New Holland Gas Engines. The 2021 Reunion Poster is available here. We all look forward to our 2021 shows!
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, Visitors 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.
Blacksmiths pound Iron, the Huge Flea Market 2-3 acres will have over 100 vendors. There are the large John Deere and IHC Displays, Numerous Craft Displays. Antique Earth Moving Equipment in Action. 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 includ Tractor Pulls, Steam Games, and Antique Tractor Pulls.
The Rough and Tumble Pulling Committee is pleased to announce that we are 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.
A rare 1992 Threshermen’s Reunion 40 minute video with sound showing many area’s of Rough and Tumble from gas engines to the saw mill, threshing, steam engines, tractors, and steam games below.
There is new flooring, fresh paint, new shelving, and the counters were moved to improve access. The new windows and air conditioning have been installed also.
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. Rourh and Tumble has registered with Amazon Smile to receive their charity donation from your purchase on Amazon. If you purchase anything on Amazon, go to Amazon Smile (same as Amazon) and set your charity to Rough and Tumble Historical Association. Your support will help Rough and Tumble, founded in 1948 with the unique history as one of the longest and earliest running organizations of this type in the U.S.
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Volunteers are working on projects around the grounds preparing for events. 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 in various areas.
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.