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
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

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)

~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!



Steppingstone's Volunteer Corner

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

Ashlynd Cobb

Shirley Querns

Ron Querns

Art Elsner

Don Greimel

John Stanley

Jo Bodt

Karen Whitlock

Karin Rohmann

Dan Samchuck

Jeanette Young

Dawn Thresher

Adria Cosner

Raina Comer

Madelyn Danner

Jim Pisciotta

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

the week!


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

-Next Volunteer meeting will be on

August 11th 

- As always the museum has several solo projects that can be done throughout the week


@ The Museum

Sidewalk chalk for kids!

The Happenings 

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:



- Knitters

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

  • 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!

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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