Published: July 2, 2021
Stepping into the Past
It has been astronomically hot as of late and at times we are in desperate need of rain. The current weather has a lot of us looking towards the forecast in hopes of rain or a cold front. We are lucky that this information is readily available! Before the convenience of newspapers, tv, or the internet the topic of the weather was still on people’s minds. The go to for forecasts was the Farmer’s Almanac which was first published on July 11, 1792 by Robert Bailey Thomas. In 1848 this publication became known by the title The Old Farmer’s Almanac. It's America’s leading periodical that outsells and outlasts it's competition. In 2016, The Old Farmer’s Almanac celebrated its 225th anniversary and released its enhanced update logo and cover design. The Almanac is found to be traditionally 80% accurate. The formula Thomas created is still being used today and is kept safely tucked away in a black tin box in the Almanac office.
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.
Board of Directors
First Vice President
Second Vice President
Haley I. Miller
From the Desk of the Director
Haley I. Miller
Summer is in full swing and we are just 5 days from Summer Fun Day @ Steppingstone! I am excited to kick off this season with some fun and excitement at the Museum. The Museum Team hopes everyone had a great and safe Fourth of July. We hope to see you at our Summer Fun Day on July 11!
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
~Computer Hardware new or used
Steppingstone's Volunteer Corner
Thank you to all the Volunteers that have helped out at or with past events!
Keep in Step with the Steppingstone
-The museum is now open on the weekends from 11 am - 3 pm.
- Summer Fun Day is
July 11, 11am - 4pm
-Next Volunteer Meeting is July 13, 6:30 pm in the Large Pavilion
@ The Museum
There is shelving in the Wheelwright Shop! Display coming soon.
All of our beloved benches have been stained red. The new color adds a nice touch to these special dedications.
The latest @ the Museum Store
The Museum Store is open for the season.
Hours are Sat./Sun. 11 am - 3 pm.
There is new merchandise available for purchase!
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 Wanda, Museum Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Renail corner board and battens
Current or future affairs
Honey Extraction Demonstration
July 18, 2021 at 2pm in the Studio
The Susquehanna Beekeepers Association will be conducting a honey extraction demonstration for its members and Steppingstone Farm Museum visitors on 18 July 2021 at 2PM in the Studio building. Honey extraction is the process of separating the liquid honey from the wax comb. The equipment and tools will be shown. Try your hand at uncapping the honeycomb and cranking the extractor. Honey samples will be available.
Thank you Bernie Bodt for curating the current Exhibit at The Joesting-Gorsuch House. The Exhibit will be on display for a few months, make sure you visit the Grove!
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 and helping with the behind the scenes work as well.
New and Renewing Members
Jerry Burkins & Kelly Rye
Andrew Reile & Claudia Miller
Cannry Litchfield & Saige Ports
Eric Scheerer & Melissa Richardson
Kelly Herzing & James Fitzwater
Samantha Morter & Danney France
Megan Carrington & John Collins
Rachel Sacrey & Travis Dunaway
Kapri & Geoff Stafford
Sarah Hewitt & James Mast
Congratulations to our new wedding members:
Welcome to the Family
Ron & Shirley Querns
Bernie &Jo Bodt
Alice A. Archer
Lee & Janet Scarborough
Craig Lake & Dawn Fischer
Linda & Gerry Bullis
Robert & Katherine Worthington
Sandra Willis & William P. Smithson
Mary Susan Osborn
Jeanette & Linus Young