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
First Vice President
Second Vice President
Haley I. Miller
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)
~Bench for the porch of the office
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!
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
-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:
-Display Barn painted
-Door Hinges painted THANKS BERNIE BODT
- 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
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
Bernie & Jo Bodt
Steve & Cherie Christy
Craig & Carole DeRan
Art & Pat Elsner
Richard & Harriet Hollway
Louis & Maryellen Kosydar
Lena E. Manchester