Published: August 7, 2020
Stepping into the Past
65 years ago on August 12, Tropical Storm Connie swept into Maryland causing wind spread damage, peaking at 12.32 inches.
On August 4th, Tropical Storm Isaias blows through Maryland more merciful than Connie. Thankfully the 5.18 inches of rain was greatly needed.
View of the museum's parking lot at approximately 11:45 am on August 4th, 2020
Calendar of Events 2020
Fall Harvest Festival - CANCELED
September 26th & 27th
It is with great sadness that the museum’s Board of Directors and Executive Director have decided that our Annual Fall Harvest Festival is canceled. With Coronavirus still in our communities and current State mandates and guidelines, making sure this event runs smoothly, safely and does not lose its charm, has proven difficult. Please know that this decision was not made lightly and was made with the community, vendors, volunteers and staff in mind. Our staff is busy planning smaller opportunities for 2020 and excited for a brighter 2021.
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
First Vice President
Second Vice President
Haley I. Miller
From the Desk of the Director
Haley I Miller
As we approach what should be the start of the new school year and the museum’s last big event of the season, I can’t help but feel grateful for our wonderful staff, volunteers and the Board. It has been an unprecedented time that has caused a lot of chaos, stress, and change. Everyone has taken these sudden changes in stride and staff has stepped up to the challenges that have been laid before them. We truly could not have made it through the past few months without them.
As we work through these remaining 5 months of 2020, know that we are gearing up for what we hope is a more normal 2021. We miss opening our gates the morning of our events for all of our loyal patrons and seeing them dive into history with us. Please know that we are wishing every one of you well and are hoping to see you next year.
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)
~Bench for the porch of the office
While this past month was hot and humid the farm is still as beautiful as ever!
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
"Moment of Calm": Before the Storm 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
-We are always in need of volunteers for museum weekends!
-Next Volunteer meeting will be on
- As always the museum has several solo projects that can be done throughout the week
@ The Museum
Sidewalk chalk for kids!
Current or future affairs
Saturday, August 15
Starting at 1:00 pm the Fiber Guild members will be on demonstrating their trade in the small pavilion.
There will be:
Stop in to see them live!
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
Bernie & Jo Bodt
Steve & Cherie Christy
Craig & Carole DeRan
Art & Pat Elsner
Richard & Harriet Hollway
Louis & Maryellen Kosydar
Lena E. Manchester