Published: May 7, 2021
Stepping into the Past
Immunizations date back hundreds of years. Before injections, people would drink concoctions such as snake venom for immunity to snake bites. We can thank Edward Jenner, a rural England doctor, for modern day immunizations. He coined the term “vaccination,” which is the procedure of injecting a milder form of a disease to help produce immunity. In May 1796, Dr. Jenner developed the smallpox vaccine. 12,000 people in England were vaccinated and within eighteen months smallpox deaths dropped by two-thirds.
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
$30 per person
First 60 registered will receive a Steppingstone Wine Glass
$12 for Designated Driver
Tickets available HERE
or in the Museum Store, Saturday & Sunday, 11 am - 3 pm
Board of Directors
First Vice President
Second Vice President
Haley I. Miller
From the Desk of the Director
Haley I. Miller
May the fourth be with you in this upcoming season, is my current motto of the month. The Museum Team has charged forward into the unknown of this year. We have successfully hosted the Museum’s first Wedding Showcase in April. It brought out 120 people to the property and 21 community businesses. We have slowly chipped away at Art & Wine and have set our sights on Summer Fun Day. We are hopeful for this year and cannot wait to see what we are able to do. We're excited for all of our upcoming events and to be working with the community and volunteers again.
Thank you, Kelly Landers for the image.
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
~Bench for the porch of the office
~Computer Hardware new or used
Steppingstone's Volunteer Corner
Thank you to all the Volunteers that have helped out at or with past events!
-The museum is now open on the weekends from 11 am - 3 pm.
-Next Volunteer meeting is IN PERSON, in the large pavilion. Tuesday, May 11 @ 6:30 pm!
-Summer Fun Day Committee will meet before the volunteer meeting @ 5:30 pm in the Pavilion. Join us if you're interested in being a part of the committee.
Keep in Step with the Steppingstone
It was a beautiful day on Saturday, perfect for opening the museum! Thank you to all who came out to kick off the season with us! In the meantime, here is your “Monday Moment” with Truffles the cow!!
@ The Museum
The field behind the stage is cleared! It is an amazing sight to see. Thank you Burkheimer's!
Both forges in the Foard Blacksmith Shop are up and running. Thank you Kauffman's.
The museum's directional site signs have been redone. Thank you Katelyn.
The latest @ the Museum Store
The Museum Store has reopened for the season. Hours are Sat./Sun. 11 am - 3 pm.
There are new treats and healthy snacks available!
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
Trim trees around and over coop
Replace or fix siding door (bottom rows)
Finish staining benches
Patch and paint window sills
Renail corner board and battens
Thank you Bernie Bodt, Bryon Bodt, Bridget Graff, Ron Querns, John Hughes & Rock Run Woodworks for helping clean up and milling our downed trees.
Current or future affairs
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
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