Published: September 4, 2020

Stepping into the Past

September is usually our fabulous month of Fall Harvest, lets take this time to reminisce. While there is a lot of things missing this year, there was a lot of fascinating history for this month. 

206 years ago on September 13, 1814 - The battle of Fort McHenry occurred in Baltimore. The battle was observed by Francis Scott Key from a ship. Key was inspired by the American flag flying over the fort at dawn and wrote the verse that was coupled with the tune of a popular drinking song. This song we all know and love, became the U.S. National Anthem in 1931. 

Calendar of Events 2020

Fall Harvest Festival - CANCELED 

September 26th & 27th

2020 Annual Volunteer and Members Dinner - CANCELED 

Steppingstone Farm Museum is operated by the Steppingstone Museum Association, Inc., a
private non-profit with a long term lease of the 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.

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 Fall on our doorstep and only eighteen days away, it seems that everyone is ready for the seasons to change. Considering that my team and myself are still in our first year with the Museum, we are excited to see what the beautiful nature around us has in store. Fall is truly my favorite season, with the change of colors and the crisp autumn air. I am looking forward to being able to enjoy lunch out in the courtyard or take a nice stroll without that overbearing heat. I highly suggest visiting the grounds during the calm and cool months, because come next year the museum will be much busier. We are still navigating this new normal but we are excited by our extremely booked calendar for 2021. We are working on the events line-up and excited to share them with you soon!  

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

While this past month was hot, humid and rainy the farm is still as beautiful as ever!



Steppingstone's Volunteer Corner

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

Ron Querns

Adrianna Costner

Dawn Thresher

John Stanley

Madelyn Danner

Nick Thresher

Ashlynd Cobb

Jim Piscotta

Bridget Graff

Gerry Scarfe

Dave Kauffman

Laura Kauffman


Art Elsner

Wade Whitlock 

Keep in Step with the Steppingstone

Here comes the sun AND another Monday Moment of Calm! As the great historic figure Helen Keller once said; “Keep your face to the sun and you will never see the shadows.” Even though our Fall Harvest event was postponed until next year, we still have many fun activities and ideas in store for the 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!


-We are always in need of volunteers for museum weekends!

-Next Volunteer meeting will be on September 8th

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


@ The Museum

Self guided tour pamphlet, available in the gift shop and tour signs out during open museum hours.  

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

The Happenings 

Current or future affairs

Sunday, September 13

1pm - 4pm

The Susquehanna Beekeepers Association is having a Honey Show at Steppingstone Farm Museum.  The event will be in the Studio building and open for viewing by Steppingstone visitors.   Face masks will be required while in the Studio building.  

Spot the queen! courtesy of Dennis Hertzog

A Honey Show is a beekeeper's opportunity to show their apiary crafts in several categories, including extracted and comb honey, and beeswax products.  Susquehanna Beekeepers members will be available to answer questions and discuss beekeeping.

Bee on thistle (photo by B. Greenlee)


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!

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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