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Published: December 3, 2021

Stepping into the Past

After 14 years of prohibition the 18th Amendment was repealed on December 5, 1933. During those 14 years our historic town of Havre de Grace Maryland had already made a name for itself as Little Chicago, and the River Rat City. Primarily known as an unruly community festering with criminal behavior, liquor smuggling and the shooting of John A. Buongore. The town was famed for The Graw Racetrack, gamblers, bootleggers, mobsters and houses of ill repute according to a  Baltimore Sun article. It has been noted that Havre de Grace was the favorite vacation spot for Al Capone!  The town had been raided by the National dry agents a few times, with the most notable raid in 1924 with fifteen dry agents and a large list of searched business. While this was a notable attempt to enforce the law and stop liquor sales it had little success.

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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Looking Forward to 2022...

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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
Michael Carney 
Maintenance Personnel 

I personally love this time of year, with the cold weather, warm drinks and time spent with loved ones. This is time that we focus on what we are thankful for and the blessings we have. I know that I am thankful for this wonderful museum, a remarkable team, treasured volunteers and a supportive community. I hope that you are able to enjoy this season as much as I do.


We would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Beautiful Kwanzaa, Blessed Solstice, Joyful Las Posadas, Cheerful Diwali, and a Blissful Chinese New year. We hope to see everyone in 2022 and hope everyone is safe, warm and healthy.


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


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


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!

Sean Lee 

Lou Kosydar 

Dawn Thresher 

Brennan McDonough 

Ron Querns 

John Hughes 

Dawn Thresher

Robert Thresher

2021's Volunteer
of the Year:

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- In lieu of a volunteer meeting we will be decorating the Farm House on Tuesday, 12/7/2021 at 6:00pm and would love to have you join us. Please let us know if you can make it! We will be providing light refreshments. If you would like to park closer to the Farm House we will be opening the access gate.​

-Steppingstone will be participating in the 2021 Havre de Grace Holiday Parade on December 3rd.

-Christmas Open House is December 11th, 4pm - 8pm. 

The latest @ the Museum Store


The gift shop will be open one more time this year!
Swing by during our Christmas Open House for you last minute shopping.

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

Replace or fix siding door (bottom rows)

Paint picnic tables

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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New and Renewing Members

Samantha Morter & Danney France

Rachel Sacrey & Travis Dunaway

Kapri & Geoff Stafford

Sarah Hewitt & James Mast

Wade Harvard & Chelsey Schreiber 

Brendon Heroux & Courtney Reil 

Sharon Comer & Ron Wickline 

Alexandra Protos & Brandon Saraceno 

John Boyer & Amand Harvey 

Congratulations to our new wedding members: 

Welcome to the Family

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.

2022 memberships are available! 

Delightful Discoveries 


The star of the Estey Organ Company was the reed organ. Also referred to as the American Reed Organ, parlor organ, and pump organ, the reed organ was the most popular instrument of its day, gracing both chapels and fashionable American parlors. The company started with manufacturing melodeons but by the 1860s, Estey & Co. added their Cottage Organ line, a reed organ with a rectangular case that enclosed the mechanisms of the instrument and two pedals to operate the bellows. By the 1880s, the cases had become more decorative with elaborate tops for use in social and parlor settings like the one we now have at the museum!

A glimpse back into time...

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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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