Published: October 2, 2020

Stepping into the Past

2020 is the Year of the Women in the United States of America. Since we cannot honor all the amazing women through out history together, we shall take this month's Stepping into the Past to honor two of them. 

Eleanor Roosevelt was born on October 11, 1884. As First Lady, she led an unprecedented independent life, striving to improve the lives of people all over the world. In 1933, she became the first wife of a president to give her own news conference in the White House. She traveled extensively on her own and was affectionately called "First Lady of the world." She served as a U.S. delegate to the United Nations for many years and helped write the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.


 Emily Post was born on October 27, 1872 in Baltimore, Maryland. She wrote influential books on etiquette and a syndicated newspaper column giving advice on manners in specific situations.

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

Fall Harvest Festival - CANCELED 

September 26th & 27th

2020 Annual Volunteer and Members Dinner - CANCELED


In lieu of a dinner we will be having a virtual annual meeting updating on future plans and recapping the past year.  

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 is now FALL and this past Monday, we saw the first change in color at the Museum. Even though we are not in the traditional month of being thankful, I wanted to kick off the season early with October. There have been some major changes since I started here November 2019, and we have an amazing team working at the museum. All have been indispensable withhelping with major projects.

Wanda Burkheimer, Museum Manager and John Hughes, Maintenance Person have been chipping away at major building projects. They just got the Wheelwright shop painted and are now working on the display barn. If you see John, tell him how amazing it looks!

Katelyn Long, Curator has overseen and spearhead getting the second floor archive room in order, with new shelving. Soon we will be ready for volunteer days to get more artifacts cataloged.

Heather Uzdilla, Site Coordinator has been a major help with all site rentals. While her accomplishment are not as visible, they are just as amazing. She has conquered the task of streamlining, tracking and booking events. She also has been amazing with increasing our marketing, preparing for future festival and events.

I am truly blessed to work with an amazing team and watch us accomplish so much!

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)

~Large Chainsaw

~Bench for the porch of the office


Season's Views

The weather has finally cooled off and it is gorgeous out! Team members got to experience the grounds at sunset during weddings, and were able to capture the magic. 



Steppingstone's Volunteer Corner

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

Joe Cambria

Wade Whitlock

Madelyn Danner

Amanda Hickman

Ron Querns

David Kauffman

Laura Kauffman

Dawn Thresher

Nick Thresher

Lou Kosydar

Benjamin Czajkowski

Robert Thresher

Jim Pisciotta

Gerry Scarfe

Jo Bodt

Bernie Bodt

Bryon Bodt

Kellie Huller

Anna McCelland

Bridget Graff

Geoff Graff

Jeanette Young

Azalee Emmel

Keep in Step with the Steppingstone

Steppingstone has PUMPKINS!! Grown specially for our (currently cancelled) annual Fall Fest, we couldn’t let these beautiful babies go to waste! Halloween might be harder to celebrate this year but the spirit and fun is still very much alive here in Harford County! Show us your amazing designs and win a wonderful museum prize while you’re at it!

1 for $4 / 3 for $10

Age groups:

Kids (up to 12 years)

Teen (13-20)

Adult (21 and up)

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 October 13th

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


@ The Museum

We have FIVE baby chickens to add to our flock. 

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 project 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

Completed Projects:

-Shelving in the second floor archives in the Studio Building

- Watering Sealing the Stage, THANK YOU JOE CAMBRIA 

-Painting the Wheelwright shop 

-Trimming of shops/display doors and redoing locks, THANK YOU RON QUERNS 

The Happenings 

Current or future affairs

In conjunction

with our Pumpkin Decorating Contest we will be host a pumpkin painting day at the Museum.


October 11, 2020

1 pm - 5 pm

$5 per pumpkin


All materials included (While supplies last)

Masks and social distancing will be required! See our Facebook page for more event details.


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 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

Welcome to the Family

Keep an eye out for next years membership information!

Delightful Discoveries 

Did you know that we get visitors from all sorts of places who find us in all sorts of ways? This summer, we met a group from Europe, who found us by our brochure. An engaged couple found us through their friends wedding photos. Grandparents meet their first grandchild here, when meeting their kids halfway, they found us on google! Most recently, we had a young gentleman who found us through an app he created and was beta testing! The app allows you to enter your current location, how far you're willing to drive, and your budget. It then generates an itinerary for a fun day trip. 

A glimpse back into time...

Images from this past season

With the shopping season coming up, please 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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