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