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 one of the oldest running Steam Traction Engines 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 75th year in 2023 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.
Our Museum is open to the public for 7 special events per year. If you would like to arrange a private tour please send your request to [email protected] at least 6-8 weeks prior and we will do our best to meet your needs.
The 75th R & T Threshermen's Reunion is the 2nd Oldest show in the Country to be held again August 16-19, 2023. Featured will be the Steam Engine Extravaganza.
• No Camping
• No Firearms
• No Alcoholic Beverages
• No Politics
• 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.
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Frank J. DiMarzio Jr., 73 of Elverson, PA died Sunday May 28, 2023 at his home after a 33 year battle with Multiple Sclerosis. Most recently he volunteered his time in the line shaft machine works building at Rough and Tumble Engineers Museum. He enjoyed getting together with his old buddies and talking shop every month. Sharing his passion for the trade on the days the museum was open to the public, he could always be found with a smile on his face and telling a story to anyone who would lend an ear. More information is available here.
Steam School May 2023 was completed with a full class and good weather. A video of the school Saturday and Sunday is available here.
The results from the Steve Koser Memorial Antique and Classis Tractor Pull are available in Resources here.
IH Days and R&T Tractor Pull and Show is Friday and Saturday June 23-24 2023. The R&T Tractor Pull takes place Friday June 23rd. The Gravely Tractor Club of America Announces their 27th Annual Show Mow-In 2023 at R&T June 22-24th. More information is available here.
John Deere Days. The Annual John Deere Show is Friday July 21 and Saturday July 22, 2023. This annual show is sponsored by the Waterloo Boys Club of Southeastern Pennsylvania. See a Wide Range of John Deere Tractors with Deere History and Tractor Pulling Events. Watch the John Deere Parade of Power both days with many different and unique models. On Friday there will be the Garden Tractor Parade and Pull. On Saturday there will be a Kiddy Pedal Pull as well as Large Tractor Pulling. Don't forget the Raffle Tractor Drawing!
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. Now is the time to renew your yearly membership. A reminder, anyone operating equipment at R&T must be an active member.
Rough and Tumble is 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 project is being worked on with engines stored in the Engine Haus #16 moved into the remodeled building. The Board of Directors approved the new display area and look forward to this new addition to the Museum. More information is available here.
The 75th Annual Threshermen's Reunion will be held August 16-19 2023 Special feature is the Steam Engine Extravaganza for this show. The 2023 Reunion Brochure is available here. The 2023 Reunion Poster is available here. We all look forward to our 2023 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.
We Demonstrate the Daily Pageant of Threshing!! From Hand, to Horse Power, to Steam, to Tractors at the Threshermen’s Reunion!
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.
The Gift Shop has been remodeled and there are new items online. You will see a beautiful redesigned and updated shop. Wayne Hartshorne headed up the project and his team did a fantastic job.
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.
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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.