Published: July 20, 2020

Stepping into the Past

83 years ago a Hollywood couple filmed a kiss with protective masks during a flu epidemic. This year we get to witness love in a new light. Thank you Ashley Reherman Photography for the wonderful engagement shoot image in front of our Ice Display building.

Calendar of Events


Fall Harvest Festival -

September 26th & 27th 11 am - 4 pm 

*Events, Dates, and Admissions subject to change - Events are Rain or Shine - No Refunds*

Members, Children 12& under are free

Steppingstone Farm Museum is operated by the Steppingstone Museum Association, Inc., a
private non-profit with a long term lease of the 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 1-5pm 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
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 
Honorary Directors
Don Osman 
Carolyn Smith
Museum Staff
Haley I. Miller
Executive Director
Wanda Burkheimer
Museum Manager
Katelyn Long
Heather Uzdilla
Site Coordinator

From the Desk of the Director 

                                  Haley I Miller

Angela Yau, previous Executive Director said it best in our Summer 2015 quarterly newsletter:

“Summer is the season to embrace the bounty of the land and the beauty of the outdoors. The season when everything is as sweet as a fresh peach and a very busy time at Steppingstone.”

This summer is no different, with the current state of our world, there is no better time to get outdoors at Steppingstone. During this unusual time, we've had the opportunity to welcome new guests and old friends. And as always, Steppingstone is busy. 

The museum is working on ongoing projects and preparing for what we hope is a slightly more normal Fall. New staff are working diligently and we have accomplished several milestones including: display updates, membership drive, archival organization, and policy updates. We are excited to see what the future has in store and are looking forward to working on our normal event calendar for 2021.

Steppingstone Wish List

Below items are needed at the museum. We will provide a
donation letter for your tax deduction use.

Thank you for thinking of us!​

~Telephone poles (8)

~Pressure washer

~Bench for the porch of the office


Season's Views

While this past month was hot and humid the farm is still as beautiful as ever!

Keep in Step with the Steppingstone

"Minute of Calm" featured on our social media!

Want a more day to day view of the museum? Wish you could visit the grounds every day? You can! Join us on social media where we share throughout

the week!

The Cornerstone

Steppingstone's Volunteer Corner

Thank you to all the Volunteers that have helped out at or with past events!

During Shut Down:

  • Jim Pisciotta

  • Jo Bodt

  • Bernie Bodt

  • Bryon Bodt

  • Bridget Graff

  • Dawn Thresher

  • Adria Cosner

  • Ron Querns

Clean Up Weekend:

  • Ron Querns

  • Hank Emmel

  • Tom Burkhiemer

  • John Stanley

  • Wendy O'Bryant

  • Lila O'Bryant

  • Bill Watson

  • Tim Myer

  • Madelyn Danner

  • Mike Dawson

  • Kelly Landers

  • Lucy Landers

  • Gina Carlotta

  • Kellie Hueller

  • Anna McClelland

  • Justin Fleisher

  • Justin Naylor

  • Amanda Hickman

  • Dawn Thresher

  • Alex Ashman

  • Josh Qauido

  • Geoff Graff

Reopening Weekend:

  • Wade Whitlock 

  • Karen Whitlock

  • Dawn Thresher

  • Madelyn Danner

  • Adria Cosner

  • Raina Comer

  • Bridget Graff

  • Dave Kauffman 

  • Laura Kaffman

  • Jeanette Young

  • Linus Young

  • Bridget Graff

  • Cathy Billmio

  • Harry Dutcher

  • Jim Pisciotta 


-We are looking for volunteers for the planning committee for our annual Fall Harvest Festival. Please contact Wanda at

if you are interested!

-We are always in need of volunteers for museum weekends!

-Next Volunteer meeting will be on

August 11th 


@ The Museum

Sidewalk chalk for kids!


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.
Let us know if you’d like to help with any of these:

~ Weekend Tour Guides (House, Shops, Cannery, Carriage Barn, Machine Barn)

~ Weekend Admissions & Museum Store Clerk

~ Craft Demonstrations (relative to the 1880-1920 time period)

~ Educational Programs/School Tours (Cooking, Butter Making, Laundry, Games)

~ Special Events, Programs, and Outreach

~ Office Work (Data Entry, Mailings, Computer Work)

~  Display and Exhibit Work (Cleaning, Design & Construction)

~ Maintenance (Grounds, Gardens, Painting, Carpentry)

~ Artifact Cataloging & Collection Care

Contact our Museum Manager, Wanda at

New and Renewing Members

  • Betty Angelussi

  • Bernie & Jo Bodt

  • Joe Cambria

  • Richard Carr

  • Steve & Cherie Christy

  • Craig & Carole DeRan

  • Art & Pat Elsner

  • Russel Emery

  • Adam Emery

  • Jason Gallion

  • Joshua Grieves

  • Richard & Harriet Hollway

  • Louis & Maryellen Kosydar

  • Lena E. Manchester

  • Shirley Querns

  • Gerry Scarde

  • John Stanley 

  • Robert Viele

  • John Weifenbach

  • Jeanette Young

Congratulations to new members, with weddings next year:

Stephanie Vaughn

& Henry Tabeling​

Jolie Kumin

& Dennis Lilly

Welcome to the Family

Keep an eye out for next years membership information!

Tree it up! 

Three of the trees at the Steppingstone Farm Museum have been nominated into the Maryland Big Tree list. 

Bur Oak - Harford Count Champion 

Measuring in at 94' tall

and 12' 8" in circumference 

Located 75' north of original stone farmhouse, just east of stone wall. 

Pignut Hickory - #23 in Query

Measuring in at 78' tall, and 8' 22 in circumference

Located 40' SW from corner of original stone farmhouse next to corner of rock wall.

Northern Catalpa - #5 in Query

Measuring in at 74' tall and 13' 3"" in circumference

Located 25' NW from corner of original stone farmhouse next to rock wall. 

Thank you Geoff Graff for nominating the trees!

A glimpse back into time...

Images from this past season

Thank You for your support!

Please share with your friends

and tell them about

"Your Country Retreat"

Funding has been provided to Steppingstone Farm Museum from Maryland Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the 2020 Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020.

Steppingstone Farm Museum educational programs and historic preservation supported by grants from:

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