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Published: August 5, 2022

Stepping into the Past

243 years ago (and a couple of days) Francis Scott Key was born on August 1 in Frederick County, Maryland. Key is the author of the poem entitled Defense of Fort McHenry, which we now know as the Star-Spangled Banner. Key wrote the poem after witnessing the bombardment of Fort McHenry on September 13-14, 1814. He was inspired at the sight of the American flag still flying over the fort at daybreak. The poem became the official U.S. National Anthem in 1931.


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.


Steppingstone is currently working on our strategic plan and we could use your help!

We would like to hear your feedback in order to help improve the Museum in the coming years. We ask that you take a few minutes out of your busy schedule to take a quick 10-minute survey. The survey is completely anonymous, so please answer honestly.

If you are a member or volunteer, please note you will receive a different survey. You may fill out one or both of them if you would like.  

Thank you for your feedback and time.

If you have any questions please email Haley at

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.

Board of Directors
Ron Querns
(Acting) 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
Katelyn Long​
Heather Uzdilla
Site Coordinator
Taylor Kennedy
Maintenance Personnel 

From the Desk of the Director
Haley I. M. Strong

We always try to take a deep breath between our events and start to gear up for the next one! While that hasn’t changed in the least, we have been working on bigger picture projects. Projects that we are extremely excited to eventually share with you!

One such project is a new exhibition coming soon to the Woodshop. Today we received the first part of the exhibition from APG! I must thank the Board and our Curator for their hard work on this exhibition and their contribution to the logistics of getting this piece into the woodshop.

Another project is the creation of the Museum’s strategic plan. We have been working on the plan since March and are making progress. While I still have high hopes to have the plan outline or key points done by our annual dinner this year, we are still in the planning phase of this process.

As you can image we like to keep ourselves busy in the office and the grounds but we still get excited to talk with people who pop by to say hi. So please don’t hesitate to when you’re here visiting the grounds.

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!​

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Season's Views


Keep in Step with Steppingstone



Steppingstone's Volunteer Corner
Thank you to all the Volunteers that have helped out at or with past events!

Dawn Thresher

Karen Whitlock

Wade Whitlock

Joe Cambria

John Stanley

Lou Kosydar

Maryellen Kosydar

Grace Sampson

Madelyn Danner

Robert Thresher

Gerry Scarfe

Art Elsner

Jim Pisciotta

Gail Connolly

Geoff Graff

Kelly Landers

Bill Watson

Dave Heinle

Alice Landers

Adri Cosner

Ginger Sampson

Ben Uzdilla

Ron Querns

Shirley Querns

Rowan Perkins

Deanna Scarfe

Bill Meeka

Ian Kink

Bridget Graff

Jeff Deckman

Steve Coppage

Russ England

Amanda Hickman

Bernie Bodt

Mark Herman

Stephanie Kennedy

Bob Worthington

John Hughes


-Volunteer Meeting: August 9th at 6:30pm, Studio

-Saturday on the Farm: August 13th from 11 am to 3pm 


@ The Museum


We would like to send our thanks and appreciation to Steven Willand Inc. for their generous donation of a Greenworks Backpack Blower. This blower will help the Museum tremendously with our grounds upkeep and maintenance. Thank you!!


New in the store!
Set of 4 Slate coasters  with Steppingstone's Map location laser engraved into them!

We have also added glass wine bottle chimes!

Make sure to stop into the store, open hours are
Sat./Sun from 11 am -3 pm


The Steppingstone Grind

With 23+ Buildings and 23 acres, the museum is more than what a team of 4 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 Haley, Executive Director

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 & Amanda Harvey 

Bailey Alampi & Mitchell Herzing

Melissa Card & Cole Reece

Giavonna Manno & Sam Shatto 

Erika Rynarzewski & Phil Baker

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

Kelly Mechanical Services, Inc.

John Stanley

Tarring-Cargo Funeral Home, P.A.

Walter G Coale INC.

Aimee O'Neill & Co., Inc.

Cathy Price 

Madelyn Danner 

Craig Lake & Dawn Fischer

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 & Mary Dirlam 

Ginger Sampson

Ron & Shirley Querns

Merianne Habel

Steve & Cherie Christy 

2022 Memberships are Available! 

Delightful Discoveries 


When people during the turn of the century woke to the call of nature in the middle of the night, they wouldn’t necessarily want to go outdoors and use the bathroom. (Who wants to walk outside when it’s raining, snowing, cold and dark, after all?) Not in their “clean” nightgowns! Instead, whenever duty called, they simply pulled out their chamber pot, normally resting next to their bed! Chamber pots came in a variety of shapes and sizes and could be made from ceramic or metal. It actually was quite common for the chamber pot to even be part of a special chair called a “close stool,” which looked like an ordinary chair but, in fact, it’s hinged seat lifted up to reveal a chamber pot! Just like this piece pictured here. When people used the pot, they would toss the waste outside the next morning. People would empty their pots in a variety of convenient places: in a pit for just that purpose, into the nearest body of water, onto their vegetable garden as a fertilizer known as “night soil,” or just out the nearest window. Whatever was most convenient!

A glimpse back into time...
Images from this past month

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"Your Country Retreat".

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

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