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Rough and Tumble Historical Association

4997 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA 17535
+1 717-442-4249
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For Tool Hounds, Manly Men and Boys

It's not all male. Plentiful history can be seen first hand. The permanent exhibits are world... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Atlantic City, New Jersey
Definitely for fans of machinery

I have always liked Rough and Tumble, but aside from the good country cooking at the fairs there... read more

Reviewed 28 August 2017
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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Rough and Tumble is celebrating it's 69th year in 2017. Ride 2 steam railroads, See Steam Traction Engines running as well as antique Tractors. Visit the Saw mill, model shop, Auto Museum, Stationary Steam Museum, Blacksmith Shop, and Gas Engine area. Visit the antique Earth moving construction area as well as the Line Shaft machine Shop. Watch a parade of power and sled pulling on the track.Check our schedule of events on our web site and enjoy the may areas of Rough and Tumble Historical Association.
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4997 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA 17535
+1 717-442-4249
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's not all male. Plentiful history can be seen first hand. The permanent exhibits are world class! The reunions are all day family events. A true learning experience. The thresher-men and other aficionados are a wealth of information.

Thank rjb168
Reviewed 28 August 2017

I have always liked Rough and Tumble, but aside from the good country cooking at the fairs there, it's really for people (read men) who like tractors and other machinery, which I'm not into much. It's been around a long time and for that reason...More

Thank Cathwren
Reviewed 19 July 2017

Went here on a national car tour. Our classic cars were the car show! Over 100 of us. We were treated to a ride on old-fashioned coal-fired steam engine. Fun. We also saw many other machines and skills in use- blacksmith, tool maker, watch maker,...More

Thank Chris D
Reviewed 24 May 2017 via mobile

Check the Rough and Tumble website for the weekends when the museum will be operating. The Rough and Tumble Engineers are mostly local folk who own and operate most of the machines stored here. I recall many of my friends working on their machines during...More

Thank gnd46gnd
Reviewed 4 May 2017 via mobile

After the great reviews I drive here to find it's only open certain specific days. It seems it's only open 7 specific show times. So check their website. It is a huge place, so weather should affect your decision to visit.More

Thank Michael B
roughandtumble, Public Relations Manager at Rough and Tumble Historical Association, responded to this reviewResponded 25 May 2017

Hi Bob, We are open for 6 shows during the year. R&T is 69 years old and is the largest complete steam, gas engine, industrial, and agricultural museum in the east. As we are a 501(c)(3) non-paid volunteer organization, we can not operate every weekend...More

Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

Rough and Tumble is a gem! If you have an interest in agricultural and/or industrial history in action, visit R&T! See operating steam tractors from the late 1890's along with the engines that powered early industry.

Thank Frank R
Reviewed 11 April 2017

This is where time stands still. Go back in time and see how machines worked before electricity. The have an actual working Line-shaft machine shop in operation. Small to giant steam engines. I will be going back again soon.

Thank Frank S
Reviewed 6 September 2016

Very enjoyable tour of early steam driven farm implements, rail and marine steam engines, and fixed position steam engines. A blacksmith school was taking place on the day I visited. Good to see people interested in how things were done in the past and willing...More

1  Thank Jomara42
Reviewed 19 August 2016

We come here to the R&T often, about once a year, since our first visit over 30 years ago. My husband (whose profession and hobby is steam engineering and operation) has been here for the Thresherman's reunion but first time for me. It's usually a...More

3  Thank NoahsGMa
Reviewed 15 May 2016

I happened upon the Rough & Tumble museum on their festival day! What a crowd and what an excellent demonstration of Steam powered machines. I was attending a woodworking workshop there and we were invited to tour the facilities. It is one thing to see...More

2  Thank ddw43110
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20 May 2016|
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Response from roughandtumble | Property representative |
Rough and Tumble is open for 6 shows during the course of the year from April to October. Gates open at 8:00 am for the events. Tickets range from $5 for most shows and $10 at the Threshermen's Reunion in August. More... More