Published: January 1, 2021

Stepping into the Past

A mere 4,000 years ago the earliest recorded festival in honor of new years was held in Babylon. Throughout time our calendars have changed with our increased knowledge and technology

Calendars throughout time and around the world all had their own New Year. Typically they were fashioned around agricultural or astronomical events. Egypt's was fashioned around the annual flooding of the Nile, the Chinese new year occurs with the second new moon after the winter solstice. 

In the year 46 B.C. Julius Caesar added 90 extra days to the his new Julian calendar to realign with the sun, which made it closer to our now Gregorian calendar. We can thank the Romans for the name of our months and for the official New Year date of January 1. It honors the months namesake: the Roman god of beginnings, who's two faces allowed him to look back into the past and forward into the future. 

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 2021

Check out our 2021 brochure!


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

IT'S 2021! We hope you had a safe and warm holiday. We here at the museum are back in the groove of planning for the years ahead. This winter we have taken the time to reflect on our Country Retreat, learn as much as we can, and begun planning some amazing improvements and events. 

We look forward to the hope and promise of the new year and seeing you again. 

Happy New Year! 

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

WE GOT SNOW! For a few cold and icy days the Museum was coated a beautiful white fluff. It was an amazing sight to see. 



Steppingstone's Volunteer Corner

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

Kelly Landers

Bridget Graff

Amanda Hickman

Geoff Graff

Jim Pisciotta

Keep in Step with the Steppingstone

January 1, 2021 at 6:30 am 


Wishing you a happy and healthy New Year!

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

2021 Calendars are now available! Stop by the Museum Office to get yours today. We are open Tuesday-Friday from 9am-2pm. We are asking for a donation of $13 (cash or check). Call or message us if you have questions.

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)


Fix wood around Windows

Wood Shed



Patch and paint window sills


Renail corner board and battens

In progress projects:

-Pergola repainted

The Happenings 

Current or future affairs

The special edition of Harford MagaScene about Gathering at the Community Table: Celebrating Harford's Farm and Food was filmed at Steppingstone. Check out the video below to learn more and hear our Executive Director talk about the museum. 


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 & Shirley Querns

  • Tammie Heil

  • Sampson Family

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 

Did you know that Steppingstone Farm Museum is rated #1 Best Museum in Harford County on Yelp.

If you love the museum we would love to have you post your ratings on any platform of your choosing. 

A glimpse back into time...

Images from this past season

The holiday shopping season over may be over, but do you have gift cards to use? When shopping on Amazon 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"

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