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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

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Rowdy Rooster

5/3/24 - 5/5/23

$5 per car (workshops, disc golf and plien are additional)

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Saturday on the Farm


$5 for adults, free admission for members and children 15 and under.

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Saturday on the Farm


$5 for adults, free admission for members and children 15 and under.

Event Sign Ups

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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. M. Strong
Executive Director
Stephanie Kennedy 
Museum Manager
Katelyn Long​
Heather Uzdilla
Site Coordinator
Taylor Kennedy - LaRosa
Maintenance Personnel 

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



Season's Views


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!

Mark Herman 

Will Herman

Russ Emery 

Gareth Dirlam 

John Hughes 

Jim Pisciotta 

Karen Whitlock

Wade Whitlock

Madelyn Danner 

Bridget Graff 

Geoff Graff 

Bill Watson

Ron Querns 

Shirley Querns 

Gail Connolly 

Brennan McDonough 

Grace Sampson 

Ginger Sampson 

Jacob Sampson 

Dave Kauffman 

Harry Dutcher 

Art Elsner 

Jo Bodt 

Amanda Hickman 

Kelly Landers 

Gerry Scarfe

Joe Cambria 

Dawn Thresher 

Robert Thresher 

Trisha Clayton 

Abby Clayton 

Amber Litchfield 

Alesana Litchfield 

Caroline Litchfield 

Oliver Litchfield 

R. Effinger 

M. Effinger 

Kenneth Kleesig

Andrina Mills 

Sean Lee

Matthew Giordano 

Henry Giordano

Jon Elam 

Sean Elam 

Andy Whaley

Shane Whaley 

Rob Olsen 

Jonah Olsen 

Andrea Serg 

Emily Kraczek

Andrew Kraczek

Matthew Kraczek 

Craig White 

Emerson White 

Grayson White 

Lou Kosydar 

Brian Sayre 

Nathan Sayre 

Robin Evick 


-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

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. 

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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: 

Bernie Bodt

Bryon Bodt

Linda Bullis

Carole DeRan

Heather Hamilton

Lilma Huntley

Moira Kearney

Brenda Kinzinger

Christina Kramer

William Lee

Leocea McLanahan

Fred Ritzel

Gerry Scarfe

John Stanley

Tarring-Cargo Funeral Home, P.A.

Walter G Coale INC.

Kelly Mechanical Services, Inc.

Aimee O'Neill & Co., Inc.

Cathy Price 

Madelyn Danner 

Craig Lake 

Bridget Graff

John Stanley 

F.O. Mitchell

Hopkins Farm Brewery

Jay DuBree 

Bob Worthington

Mark Herman 

Elsner Family 

Peg & Bill Bossemeyer 

Harry Dutcher

Harford County Farm Bureau  

Alex Horneman

Mary Schweers 

Christina McLoughlin 

Gareth Dirlam 

Ginger Sampson

2022 memberships are available! 

Delightful Discoveries 


Donated by a local geology fan from his personal collection, this slab of slate is a stunning example of how slate shingles were split. Collected in the Cardiff area, this slab features very obvious cracks along the length of its side (known as cleavage) where skilled workers would chisel between slices until split, then measure and straighten any sides to create a slate tile worth shingling a house with! Since some slates have been known to last over 200 years, they can be found on almost every kind of structure. It is perhaps most often associated with institutional, ecclesiastical, and government buildings, where longevity is an especially important consideration in material choices. The slate mined from this area was so renowned, The Biltmore Mansion in North Carolina was roofed with it!

A glimpse back into time...
Images 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!
Please share with your friends
and tell them about
"Your Country Retreat".

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

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Thank you to our Business Members!

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