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Published: April 2, 2021

Stepping into the Past

On March 28th, 2021, the 32nd annual HAT run come to a close. The HAT run is one of the largest

ultra-marathons in the country! It is a 50K (31.0686 miles) that traverses the Susquehanna State Park and starts/ends at Steppingstone. While it is only the 32nd annual HAT run, the world’s oldest annual marathon turned 124 on April 19 of this year! It is located in Boston, Massachusetts and was inspired by the success of the first marathon competition in the 1896 Summer Olympics. In the Boston Marathon's first year, 1897, there was a mere 15 participants. The event now attracts an average of 30,000 registered participants. The race is slated to go forward this year after a 2020 hiatus due to Covid-19.

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Steppingstone Farm Museum is operated by the Steppingstone Museum Association, Inc., a
private non-profit with a long term lease of the previous Paul farm property in Susquehanna State Park. This land is part of the Land of Promise tract from the first land survey in 1684. The museum was established in 1970 with the collections of Mr. J.E. Bull. After his passing in 1976, the museum moved to the Land of Promise in Susquehanna State Park. The museum demonstrates historic trades to the public from 11am-3pm on Saturdays and Sundays from

April-October. The office is open year-round from

9am-2pm Tuesday- Friday and the grounds are open to foot, paw, hoof, and bike traffic from 9am to sunset every day.

The museum offers many special events throughout the season, private and school tours, special programs, and site rentals. These programs, gift shop sales, grants, memberships, and private  donations support the museum.

Calendar of Events

Opening Day 2021 Facebook Event

​April 3, 11 am - 3 pm: Opening Day 

Join us for our opening day event! Enjoy our shops and family activities, admission is free.

Activities include:

Easter Egg Hunt

Hand Painting

Weaving Room

Cooper Shop

Farmhouse- Butter Making

Courtyard- Pottery demo

Deer Creek Basketry Guild

Susquehanna Beekeepers

Chesapeake Search Dogs

Machine Barn



April 11: Girl Scout Tea - CANCELLED  

Due to COVID-19. 

April 25: Wedding Showcase  

Join us for a day out on the farm enjoying some wedding fun. Registration is required. Visit our social media for more info or register now to attend. 

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​May 15: Hands on History - CANCELLED 

Due to COVID-19.

Board of Directors
Robert Thresher
Ron Querns
First Vice President
Teresa Stout
Second Vice President 
Robert Thresher
(Acting) Treasurer
Wendy O'Steen
Josephine Bodt
John Stanley
Amanda Hickman 
Mark Herman
Honorary Directors
Don Osman 
Carolyn Smith
Museum Staff
Haley I. Miller
Executive Director
Wanda Burkheimer
Museum Manager
Katelyn Long
Heather Uzdilla
Site Coordinator

Season's Views


The flowers are blooming!

From the Desk of the Director

Haley I. Miller

It is FINALLY April! I have always loved April for a variety of reasons, but this April started off with a sea of anxiety, excitement and astonishment. As we enter into our 2021 season, with OPENING DAY tomorrow, the nervousness of actually running/seeing a “normalish season” kicked in. Thoughts of are we going to be able to do this; how "are we with a pandemic still happening; will we have enough volunteers" swirled in my head at night. Then our Clean Up Day happened…with over 70 volunteers, a whirl-wind of orchestration, and lots of patience from everyone, something amazing happened. Our community came together and we accomplished a tremendous amount of work. On the eve of our first 2021 event, the museum looks amazing! New displays are up, buildings have been cleaned, the grounds look picturesque and our amazing team is checking off to-do lists left and right. While I appreciate all the congratulations from the past few weeks, I cannot accept them fully without making it known that without our wonderful team none of this would have been possible. So, thank you and congratulations to all of our volunteers and museum team for all you do.

Steppingstone Wish List

The below items are needed at the museum. We will provide a donation letter for your tax deduction use.

Thank you for thinking of us!​

Our Amazon Wishlist can

be found by clicking


~Large Chainsaw

~Bench for the porch of the office

~Computer Hardware new or used





Steppingstone's Volunteer Corner

Thank you to all the Volunteers that have helped out at or with past events!

Tom Burkhemier

Matthew Grodava

Henry Goodyear

Cooper Hoagland

Herman Family

Troop 1967

Bill Watson

James Tester

Dave Heinie

Jon Elam

Olsen Family

Troop 777

Gerry Scarfe


Kathy Fontaine

Art Elsner

Sandi James

Bill Ray

Jason Robin

Pack 802

Madelyn Danner

Alan Cohen

Renee Hartmann

Dona Bushong

Troop 1318

Stephanie King

Tim Myers

Ron Querns

Robert Thresher

Dawn Thresher 

Scout 92

Girl Troop 967

Jim Pisciotta

Bernie Bodt

Bryon Bodt

Jo Bodt

Hanet Young

Maryellen Kosydar

Please forgive us if we have misspelled your name. 


-Open museum weekends are just around the corner. We are looking forward to 2021! We are open from 11 am - 3 pm.

-Next Volunteer meeting is April 13th, email us for the zoom link 


Keep in Step with the Steppingstone

April 1 @ 3:00 pm

No fooling, join us this Saturday for our Opening Day Celebration!



@ The Museum

Do you notice something different? Thank you to the State Parks for dropping our tree. The tree, one of the originals to the property, will be missed but we will honor its history. 


Thank you SJ Elsners Lawnmower Sales and Services and Steve for the donation of the new lawn mower to the kids area. It makes a wonderful addition to the musuem. 

Thank you Ron Querns, and John Hughes for re-covering the top of the chicken coop. It looks so much better and the chickens appreciate the addition of more sunlight. 


The latest @ the Museum Store

The Museum Store is

re-opening for the season. Hours are Sat./Sun. 11 am - 3 pm, starting tomorrow

(Closed Easter Sunday).


The Steppingstone Grind

With 23+ Buildings and 23 acres, the museum is more than what a team of 5 can handle. While we do our best to maintain the cleanliness of the property, we can always use help. The Grind is the place to find our chore list for the month. If you, or a group you belong to, would like to work on one of these projects please email Wanda, Museum Manager at


Trim trees around and over coop


Replace or fix siding door (bottom rows)


Finish staining benches

Wood Shed



Patch and paint window sills


Renail corner board and battens

The Happenings 

Current or future affairs


If you noticed something different about this newsletter you aren't wrong. We have a brand new website! Stay tuned, more features and pages will be added soon! P.S. go explore it, there is a lot of history and knowledge now available. 



Volunteers who wish to share Harford County’s agricultural history and authentic experiences with the community. We are always seeking new volunteers who enjoy interacting with the public and helping with the behind the scenes work as well. 

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New and Renewing Members

Jerry Burkins & Kelly Rye

Andrew Reile & Claudia Miller

Cannry Litchfield & Saige Ports


 Eric Scheerer & Melissa Richardson 

Kelly Herzing & James Fitzwater

Samantha Morter & Danney France

Congratulations to our new wedding members: 

Welcome to the Family

  • Ron & Shirley Querns

  • Tammie Heil

  • Sampson Family

  • Bernie &Jo Bodt

  • Alice A. Archer

  • Harry Dutcher

  • Lee & Janet Scarborough 

  • Bryon Bodt

  • Craig Lake & Dawn Fischer 

  • Alex Horneman 

  • Deborah LaMar

  • Linda & Gerry Bullis

  • Robert & Katherine Worthington

  • John Stanley

  • Madelyn Danner

  • Lori Will

  • Gail Connolly 

  • Jay DuBree

  • Mark Herman

  • Gerry Scarfe

  • Timothy Myers

  • Sandra Willis & William P. Smithson

2021 memberships are still available! 

Delightful Discoveries 

Thank you Mr. Jim, for the recent repair and restoration of the Singer Sewing Machine. This artifact has been hiding in our archives. It was recently restored by one of our talented volunteers, in an effort to restore and maintain every artifact in our collection.


A glimpse back into time...

Image from this past month

When shopping on Amazon remember to use Amazon Smile and select Steppingstone Museum Association. Part of the proceeds will be donated to the museum. 

Thank You for your support!

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and tell them about

"Your Country Retreat"

Steppingstone Farm Museum educational programs and historic preservation supported by grants from:

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