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 email@example.com
Calendar of Events
A Historic Halloween
October 28, 2022
Admission is $5 for adults, free admission for members and children 12 and under.
Board of Directors
Second Vice President
Haley I. M. Strong
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.
Keep in Step with Steppingstone
Steppingstone's Volunteer Corner
Thank you to all the Volunteers that have helped out at or with past events!
-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!!
THE LATEST @ THE MUSEUM STORE
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 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 & Amanda Harvey
Bailey Alampi & Mitchell Herzing
Melissa Card & Cole Reece
Giavonna Manno & Sam Shatto
Erika Rynarzewski & Phil Baker
Congratulations to our new wedding members:
Kelly Mechanical Services, Inc.
Tarring-Cargo Funeral Home, P.A.
Walter G Coale INC.
Aimee O'Neill & Co., Inc.
Craig Lake & Dawn Fischer
Hopkins Farm Brewery
Peg & Bill Bossemeyer
Harford County Farm Bureau
Gareth & Mary Dirlam
Ron & Shirley Querns
Steve & Cherie Christy