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Published: February 18, 2022

Stepping into the Past
Honoring Black History Month 

     The Havre de Grace Colored School

In 1910, Harford County Government acquired the parcel of land on Stokes and Alliance Streets for the purpose of establishing a grammar school for African American students in Havre de Grace (HdG), Maryland. The community raised $2,000 towards the construction of the school, which formally opened in 1912.  Called the HdG Colored School, it would become one of more than 14 grammar schools for African American children in Harford County during the era of segregation.

Although public high schools existed in Harford County since 1896, Harford County policy provided education for African American children only through grade eight.  As a result, African American students seeking a secondary education had to travel to Baltimore, Cecil County, Philadelphia, or other locations outside of the County to obtain a high school education.

In 1930, concerned citizens organized a county-wide Parent-Teacher Association (P.T.A.) and convinced the County to establish its first public high school for African American students. In 1930, the county selected HdG as the location for the school.  To accommodate the high school students, the County expanded the former grammar and added a brick building to adjoin the existing 1912 white-framed primary school building. The high school addition was completed 1936.  The last class to graduate from the Havre de Grace Colored School was the class of 1953, once the County completed the construction of Havre de Grace Consolidated School, which accommodated grades 1 through 12.  The former Havre de Grace Colored School now serves a museum and cultural center.  For more information on the Colored School, please visit

Images and History provided by Patricia D. Cole,
President of Havre de Grace Colored School Museum and Cultural Center, Inc. 

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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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 

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

There is no such thing as a boring day on the Farm. This month has been filled with so many accomplishments that I could not be prouder of the Museum Team. We have kicked off planning events, a membership drive, a sponsorships drive, building a room in our studio and so much more. Though we have accomplished so much we still find time to laugh at ourselves. For example, some of you may have have noticed that our American Flag has been missing for some time. Our flag rope broke and it took a little bit of time to get the replacement in. I can personally attest to A) replacing a flag rope isn’t as easy as it seems, B) flag ropes can get really dirty and C) never ask me to tie a permanent knot! Though through the laughter of how hard this was, I am proud to say we eventually got the American Flag back up.


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 the Steppingstone



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

Grace Sampson 

Sean Lee

Gabrielle Anderson 

Madelyn Danner 

Jim Pisciotta 

Shirley Querns 

Ron Querns 

Brennan McDonough 

Gail Connolly 

Bridget Graff 

John Hughes 

Gerri Scarfe 

Karen Whitlock 

Harry Dutcher 

Robert Thresher 

Dawn Thresher 

Joe Cambria 


-Volunteer Meeting: March 8th at 6:30, Location TBD

-Second Saturday Serve: (Clean up) March 12, 9 am - 12 pm

-Clean up day: March 26,

9am -12pm

- 2022 Memberships are still available


@ The Museum

 Our curator made some fun finds along the fallen trees just over the rock wall. A pair of bottles that date back to the 1950's! The smaller one is believed to be a beer bottle while the taller one is stamped with "Canada Dry" along the top which we believe is a used bottle of Canada Dry "Water" (club soda). Who knows what other treasures lie behind the rock wall! 


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 

Bailey Alampi & Mitchell Herzing

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.

Cathy Price 

Madelyn Danner 

Craig Lake 

Bridget Graff

John Stanley 

F.O. Mitchell

Hopkins Farm Brewery

Jay DuBree 

Bob Worthington

2022 memberships are available! 

Delightful Discoveries 

While out and about observing the grounds, Staff came across a couple of wooden "vaults" or "cellars" just outside of the rock wall by the cannery recently. Upon further observation, we still couldn't be sure what they are but attached are pictures if you would like to help us solve this Land of Promise mystery! 

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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