Steppingstone Farm Museum preserves and interprets the rural heritage of Harford County. Steppingstone is a private, not for profit museum which demonstrates the rural arts and crafts of the 1880-1920 period in Harford County. The Steppingstone collection is comprised of domestic arts, skilled trades tools and farm implements. The artifacts in each category were used by skilled specialists whose talents are scarce in our present urban and industrial society. Our founder, JE Bull, wished us to represent the “last rural generation”- people who lived off the land and crafted their livelihoods by hand to provide a "Steppingstone" to the past.
The purpose of the collections at Steppingstone is the preservation and study of the material culture of Harford County’s last rural generation, as well as the exhibition and demonstrated use of the artifacts. The museum was established for the education of the next generation and continues to strive to achieve this goal through a variety of guided tours and folk arts workshops and programs.
Steppingstone Museum Association is a registered 501(c)3 private not-for profit organization. The museum is not funded or maintained by the State of Maryland.
We are stewards of the historic Paul property in the Land of Promise within Susquehanna State Park. The museum works in partnership with the park to provide educational and interpretive programs and maintain the historic structures and landscape of the Paul property. Funding for this non-profit museum comes from special events, programs, memberships, sponsors, private site usage, and grants.
Preservation and programs at Steppingstone Farm Museum are supported in part by grants from the Harford County Cultural Arts Board, Harford County Government, Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway and Maryland Heritage Areas Authority.