Published: November 6, 2020

Stepping into the Past

As we all know there is much History to be shared, so much History that picking one item for the Stepping into the Past column can prove difficult. Inspiration hit from a news report from this year’s election day. Carrying the topic from October over to this month, we shall continue to celebrate the Year of the Woman by honoring those who made history.

November 19, 1868 – 172 New Jersey suffragists attempted to vote in the presidential election, testing the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, they were all turned away.

November 4, 2020 – Honoring the suffragists' sacrifices and determination, women came out in droves to vote, celebrating the 100th year anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment.

Women of all ages voted including a wave of women in their 100s! 

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 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.

Calendar of Events 2020

2020 Annual Volunteer and Members Meeting - Virtual 


Please join us for this year's Annual Volunteer and Members Meeting on November 18, 2020 at 7:00 pm on Zoom.

Please click here to access the meeting. 

Dial information will be provided one week prior to the meeting.


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


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

We are just 11 days from my one-year mark with the Museum. This year has not been one of festivals, gatherings or normalcy, BUT it has been a year of unity, endurance and perseverance. I am honored to have helped steer the museum through this storm and it will be a privilege to work with everyone this coming year.

I have met many volunteers and patrons since starting here and I'm looking forward to making more memories with everyone. The Museum has taught me a lot and has given me the opportunity to use my talents to help a place of purpose.

I told the Board Members that I interviewed with, just twelve months, ago that I was looking for a place of community, a place that I could help improve and a place to grow with. I have found this place at the Steppingstone.

This year I have an abundance to be thankful for and The Steppingstone, its volunteers and community are defiantly one of them. Here is to an interesting first year and anticipation to my second.

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!​

Our Amazon Wishlist can

be found by clicking


~Telephone poles (8)

~Large Chainsaw

~Bench for the porch of the office


Season's Views

Fall is HERE and we are witnessing the changing of colors. The museum grounds are always changing, and visitors continue to enjoy new sights during these cooler months. 



Steppingstone's Volunteer Corner

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

Dawn Thresher

Dave Kauffman

Amanda Hickman

Ron Querns

Jim Pisciotta

Geoff Graff

Benjamin Uzdilla

Laura Kauffman

Shirley Querns

Gail Connolly

Madelyn Danner

Bernie Bodt

Bryon Bodt

Maryellen Kosydar

Lou Kosydar

Karen Whitlock

Wade Whitlock

Tom Burkhiemer

Robert Crouse

Gerry Scarfe

Keep in Step with the Steppingstone

November 5, 2020 at 10:00 am 


Happy November! Every Thursday throughout the month, we will be taking a moment to share what we are thankful for. Today we are thankful for the beautiful fall scenery around the farm. #thankfulthursday #fallcolors #havredegracemd #harfordcountymd #harfordcounty #fall

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

 The museum has gotten a donation of a beautiful Hoosier Cabinet. Thank you Threshers for transporting it to the museum!

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 this 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


Leak on roof (around weather vane)


Patch and paint window sills


Renail corner board and battens

In progress projects:

-Pergola repainted

-Display Barn painted

-Door Hinges painted THANKS BERNIE BODT

Completed projects:
- Tree behind the courtyard removed THANK YOU BODTS

-Trees in the fields cut up THANK YOU GEOFF GRAFF

-Part of the tree next to the corn crib cleaned THANK YOU TOM BURKHEIMER 

The Happenings 

Current or future affairs

Museum Store Sunday is still happening!

Stop by the Steppingstone's Gift Shop Sunday, November 29, 10 am - 2 pm for your holiday gifts. Our special this day will be 10% off 2021 memberships. 


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

From July 2020 onward

  • 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 Scarfe

  • John Stanley 

  • Robert Viele

  • John Weifenbach

  • Jeanette Young

  • Robert Worthington

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 will go live on November 29, 2020. 

Delightful Discoveries 

Best of Harford nominations are open until November 8 at 5 p.m. Make sure to nominate your favorite Farm Museum.

A glimpse back into time...

Images from this past season

With the holiday shopping season coming up, 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"

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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