Founders Tour Day #4 Thursday

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We only had one destination today: Rough & Tumble Engineers.

Located in Kinzers, PA, Rough and Tumble Engineers Historical Association is a uniquely interactive museum. Located on 33 acres, the exhibit is full of various kinds of historical equipment which isn’t left around to collect dust as all of it still works!

The best time to see R&T is during a show when the members and their equipment are all revved up, so we certainly got a treat on this gorgeous day. I was told that they extended their Friday and Saturday show one day just because they knew we were coming.

Some of the sights we got to enjoy were blacksmith demonstrations at the forge, a 1912 shingle mill in full swing, and even a saw mill. They also had the Little Toot and Shay Railroads fired up. I shamelessly took 2 rides on the Shay around the premise.

I’m not sure what else to say other than, “If you haven’t been, you need to go.” They are having an even bigger event in August and I’ve marked my calendar. R&T’s members are extremely passionate and knowledgeable. And I think some of them were just as excited about our cars as were were about their tractors, engines, machines, mills…

One final thing I almost forgot: I got to ride with my grandfather in his 1966 Plymouth Fury! I haven’t been able to travel with him this week as the convertible has been full of other passengers, but today it felt a lot like old times.