Lancaster County is home to many unique and educational attractions. There is something to do and see every day of summer and beyond. As proof, check out 81+ Fun Things to do in Lancaster, PA. One in particular fits the “unique and educational” category to a tee: the Rough and Tumble Historical Association.
Upcoming events (click on the links for details)
Fri-Sat, July 26-27, 2019
Wed-Sat, August 14-17, 2019
Saturdays, Aug 31 & Sep 2 (limited access, so sign up early)
From their website:
“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 71th year in 2019 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 71st R & T Threshermen's Reunion is the 2nd Oldest show in the Country to be held again August 14th to the 17th in 2019 featuring Minneapolis Moline and Water Pumping Equipment. The 20th Annual Empire Expo will be held by The Empire Tractor Owners Club in conjunction with the 71st Annual Threshermen’s Reunion.”
And don’t miss the 29th annual John Deere Show! Coming soon, July 26-27, 2019.