Published: December 4, 2020

Stepping into the Past

Just 129 years ago on December 2, inventor Seth Wheeler patented one of the hottest commodities of 2020, one of the most given gagged gifts and the silliest item to argue about the proper direction, toilet paper. What would life be like without this amazing paper product. Will you be hoarding, giving or arguing about this product this month?

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 2020


48th Annual Candlelight Tour - Dec 12, 2020 4:00 - 8:00 pm

November 18, 2020 was our Virtual Annual Meeting. If you missed it, don't fret, below is a recording of the presentation.

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

With the Holiday Season upon us and the year coming to a close, the museum team is preparing for 2021. Even though we are in the winter months, the museum is still quite busy. We have one last 2020 event to celebrate and a winter to-do list a mile long. We are excited for the future, the task we have accomplished, and the ones we are about check off the list.

We would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Beautiful Kwanzaa, Blessed Solstice, Joyful Las Posadas, Cheerful Diwali, and/or Blissful Chinese New year. We hope to see everyone in 2021 and hope everyone is safe, warm and healthy.

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


~Telephone poles (8)

~Large Chainsaw

~Bench for the porch of the office


Season's Views

Winter is just a few days away. Like many of us who have enjoyed thanksgiving and are gearing up for further holiday meals, the chickens have been putting on their winter weight as well. 



Steppingstone's Volunteer Corner

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

Jim Pisciotta    Dawn Thresher    Art Elsner

Congratulations to Dawn Thresher on winning the Nelson Bowman Award for volunteering!

Keep in Step with the Steppingstone

December 1, 2020 at 10:00 am 


Today is a day of generosity, kindness and making a difference. Remember Steppingstone Farm Museum this Giving Tuesday. Your donation will ensure your local museum continues to share the rural heritage of Harford County with generations to come. If you cannot contribute monetarily, please consider signing on as a volunteer today! #GivingTuesday

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!


-Open museum weekends have come to an end. We are looking forward to 2021!

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


@ The Museum

Its official, the museum has published their own calendar. All 2021 and lifetime members will receive one as a part of their membership. The calendars will also be available for purchase in the store and in the office.

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 themonth. 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)


Fix wood around Windows

Wood Shed



Patch and paint window sills


Renail corner board and battens

In progress projects:

-Pergola repainted

Completed projects:
-Front of the display barn painted 

-Door Hinges painted THANKS BERNIE BODT

The Happenings 

Current or future affairs

48th Annual Candlelight Tour -

Dec 12, 2020 4:00 - 8:00 pm

The museum will be partially open for this years candlelight tour. Make sure you stop in and see us. 


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

  • Ron & Shirly Querns

  • Tammie Heil

Congratulations to new wedding members:


Stephanie Vaughn & Henry Tabeling​

Jolie Kumin & Dennis Lilly

Tessa Manley Andrew Leftridge

Angela McCann Andrew Roberts

Amanda Salvadori & Matthew Skinner

Sandra Steinrucken & Eric Smith 

Welcome to the Family

2021 memberships are now available! Visit our website or call today to join the family. 

Delightful Discoveries 

Recent underground  construction has dug up some pretty amazing artifacts here on the farm! The kettle was uncovered from the stable area behind the display barn. The pieces of pottery were discovered in the main field, scattered along the dig-line. Who knows what other treasures could be lying beneath the dirt? Only time will tell!

A glimpse back into time...

Images from this past season

With the holiday shopping season upon us, remember to use Amazon Smile and select Steppingstone Museum Association. Part of the proceeds will be donated to the museum. 

Thank You for your support!

Please share with your friends

and tell them about

"Your Country Retreat"

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

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