Published: April 8, 2022
Stepping into the Past
Today we have mass forms of communication. We can send a letter, package, email or even place a call to someone on the other side of the planet. Most modern day communication can happen instantaneously. This wasn’t the case 162 years ago, when the normal method of communication was mail through the federal government--which could take up to 3 weeks depending on mailing location. To help with the long wait, on April 3rd 1860, the Pony Express opened boasting a cross country delivery time of just 10 days. The cost was $5 for an ounce and was handled by a new rider every 75 to 100 miles. Unfortunately, this service only lasted less than two years due to the creation of the overland telegraph system.
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
A Historic Halloween
October 28, 2022
Admission is $5 for adults, free admission for members and children 12 and under.
Event Sign Ups
Board of Directors
First Vice President
Second Vice President
Haley I. M. Strong
Taylor Kennedy - LaRosa
From the Desk of the Director
Haley I. M. Strong
“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller
April is an extremely important month for the Museum. In 1991, the month of April was established as National Volunteer Month by President George H. W. Bush with his 1000 Points of Light campaign. While the Museum boasts a Board of eight directors and five employees, we could not run without the help of our dedicated volunteers. We appreciate the selfless giving nature of this group of astonishing individuals and would like to thank them for all they have done for our community, the Museum and our mission.
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
This week we had a brief visit from a local turkey. We hope she enjoyed her tour of the museum!
Keep in Step with the Steppingstone
Steppingstone's Volunteer Corner
Thank you to all the Volunteers that have helped out at or with past events!
-Volunteer Meeting: April 12th at 6:30, Studio
- Saturday on the Farm: May 7th
- 2022 Memberships are still available
@ The Museum
Thanks to the amazing volunteer, Karen Whitlock, the museum was able to welcome a new addition to our events. Karen hand painted several photo op figure cut outs displaying life in historic rural Harford County.
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 Stephanie, the Museum Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org
Trim trees around and over coop
Fix sliding door (bottom rows)
Design and build handicap ramp
Wire brush, prime and paint front sign
Patch and paint window sills
Re-nail corner board and battens
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 as well as helping with the behind the scenes work.
Welcome to the Family
New and Renewing Members
Samantha Morter & Danney France
Rachel Sacrey & Travis Dunaway
Kapri & Geoff Stafford
Sarah Hewitt & James Mast
Brendon Heroux & Courtney Reil
Sharon Comer & Ron Wickline
Alexandra Protos & Brandon Saraceno
John Boyer & Amand Harvey
Bailey Alampi & Mitchell Herzing
Congratulations to our new wedding members:
Tarring-Cargo Funeral Home, P.A.
Walter G Coale INC.
Kelly Mechanical Services, Inc.
Aimee O'Neill & Co., Inc.
Hopkins Farm Brewery
Peg & Bill Bossemeyer
Harford County Farm Bureau