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Steppingstone Farm Museum

Bel Air , MD
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LOCATION

461 Quaker Bottom
Bel Air, MD 21015 US (map)

PHONE

410-939-2299

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ABOUT US

Steppingstone Farm Museum is happy to host your most special event...

Bring your family and friends together at "Your Country Retreat" on your special day!

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Steppingstone Farm Museum is happy to host your most special event...

Bring your family and friends together at "Your Country Retreat" on your special day!

Steppingstone offers a beautiful venue, great flexibility, and a great value that supports a non-profit educational organization.



Mission: "Steppingstone Farm Museum preserves the Harford County farming culture and artifacts of the turn of the 20th century, educates the public about our agricultural heritage, demonstrates the past through rural arts and crafts, and promotes related educational and community activities." Read less
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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
10
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
8
Describe your venue:
Farm, Historic, Museum
Describe the style of your venue
Country, Rustic, Vintage
What kind of settings are available?
Covered Outdoor, Indoor, Uncovered Outdoor
Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
Bridal Shower, Ceremony, Engagement Party, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
3000
What event services do you offer?
Outside Vendors OK
What transportation and access is available?
Parking, Shuttle, Wheelchair Access

REVIEWS

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Sarah
Wedding:
10/29/2016
5.0/5.0
My husband and I had our wedding at Steppingstone this past October and it was absolutely beautiful. The entire staff was great to work with throughout the planning process. They did many walk throughs with us of the barn, courtyard, and outdoor areas and responded quickly to all of our questions. I highly recommend this place both to visit and use as a wedding venue!
My husband and I had our wedding at Steppingstone this past October and it was absolutely beautiful. The entire staff was Read more...
My husband and I had our wedding at Steppingstone this past October and it was absolutely beautiful. The entire staff was great to work with throughout the planning process. They did many walk throughs with us of the barn, courtyard, and outdoor areas and responded quickly to all of our questions. I highly recommend this place both to visit and use as a wedding venue! Read less
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Jenny
Wedding:
10/15/2016
5.0/5.0
Amazing barn venue with beautiful scenery & grounds for a reasonable price. Friendly & helpful staff with lots of flexibility for DIY brides. This venue makes a dream wedding possible for a bride on a budget.
Amazing barn venue with beautiful scenery & grounds for a reasonable price. Friendly & helpful staff with lots of Read more...
Amazing barn venue with beautiful scenery & grounds for a reasonable price. Friendly & helpful staff with lots of flexibility for DIY brides. This venue makes a dream wedding possible for a bride on a budget. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
3.5/5.0
The venue itself is beautiful- amazing view behind the stage, adorable courtyard, and the barn is awesome. Worked out great for the rustic theme. It’s definitely for a DIY bride, so lots of work, but you can go any direction you want. They don’t have limits on vendors which I know is a big deal for a lot of people. They do make updates all the time, but usually nothing drastic- adding signs or planting trees. My only complaint is since they are also open to the public and they put on lots of events, they could plan one on the same day as your wedding and not give you notice. The event they had on my wedding didn’t interfere at all so it ended up fine, but it was a shock to find out the day before that even though you’re renting the whole property, they can still use it too.
The venue itself is beautiful- amazing view behind the stage, adorable courtyard, and the barn is awesome. Worked out Read more...
The venue itself is beautiful- amazing view behind the stage, adorable courtyard, and the barn is awesome. Worked out great for the rustic theme. It’s definitely for a DIY bride, so lots of work, but you can go any direction you want. They don’t have limits on vendors which I know is a big deal for a lot of people. They do make updates all the time, but usually nothing drastic- adding signs or planting trees. My only complaint is since they are also open to the public and they put on lots of events, they could plan one on the same day as your wedding and not give you notice. The event they had on my wedding didn’t interfere at all so it ended up fine, but it was a shock to find out the day before that even though you’re renting the whole property, they can still use it too. Read less
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Danni
Wedding:
6/25/2016
4.2/5.0
Steppingstone Museum was the perfect venue for our wedding! I loved that you have access to multiple areas with your rental. I was able to have my ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception in three locations (stage, courtyard, pavilion). They also have a barn you can rent for an additional fee. It was reassuring to have a rain plan just in case! This is truly a DIY venue, so be ready to do a little extra work yourself or have your caterer/rental company help out. But that also means you can make everything fit your vision, since they are very flexible! Their priority is definitely as a living museum first and a wedding venue second, so you need to have some patience when waiting for responses. But the staff are friendly and easy to work with. The grounds are absolutely beautiful, but be aware that what you see when you book may not be what you find by the time your wedding rolls around. They can make changes to the grounds as they see fit (they are a living museum after all) and do not always notify you of these changes. If you book, it may be a good idea to visit every other month or so just to see what you're working with. I got married outside in late June and had no problem with bugs. Everything was very clean and well-maintained. I'd definitely recommend Steppingstone for your venue!
Steppingstone Museum was the perfect venue for our wedding! I loved that you have access to multiple areas with your Read more...
Steppingstone Museum was the perfect venue for our wedding! I loved that you have access to multiple areas with your rental. I was able to have my ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception in three locations (stage, courtyard, pavilion). They also have a barn you can rent for an additional fee. It was reassuring to have a rain plan just in case! This is truly a DIY venue, so be ready to do a little extra work yourself or have your caterer/rental company help out. But that also means you can make everything fit your vision, since they are very flexible! Their priority is definitely as a living museum first and a wedding venue second, so you need to have some patience when waiting for responses. But the staff are friendly and easy to work with. The grounds are absolutely beautiful, but be aware that what you see when you book may not be what you find by the time your wedding rolls around. They can make changes to the grounds as they see fit (they are a living museum after all) and do not always notify you of these changes. If you book, it may be a good idea to visit every other month or so just to see what you're working with. I got married outside in late June and had no problem with bugs. Everything was very clean and well-maintained. I'd definitely recommend Steppingstone for your venue! Read less
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Angela
Wedding:
6/12/2016
5.0/5.0
Steppingstone Farm Museum was the perfect outdoor/barn/rustic/DIY venue for our wedding. The grounds are set in the Susquehanna State Park and are a naturally beautiful setting, especially in spring/early summer. We rented the carriage barn for our reception/backup plan for our ceremony if the weather wasn't ideal and it was worth the extra cost. The barn provided a great, level space for dinner and dancing and was a nice way to keep our guests out of the hot sun. The staff were there to answer any questions we had and were accommodating with coming in early to set up as well as helping with some of our clean up at the end of the night. We also rented our tables and chairs from them, which made it even easier since it was all on site already with no delivery fee required. There's so much you can do with the spaces available (even without renting the barn) that you can really customize the experience. The value of the venue was also unbeatable. I priced several venues that offered the same kind of rustic/barn feel and they were thousands of dollars more expensive - so Steppingstone is incredibly budget friendly.
Steppingstone Farm Museum was the perfect outdoor/barn/rustic/DIY venue for our wedding. The grounds are set in the Read more...
Steppingstone Farm Museum was the perfect outdoor/barn/rustic/DIY venue for our wedding. The grounds are set in the Susquehanna State Park and are a naturally beautiful setting, especially in spring/early summer. We rented the carriage barn for our reception/backup plan for our ceremony if the weather wasn't ideal and it was worth the extra cost. The barn provided a great, level space for dinner and dancing and was a nice way to keep our guests out of the hot sun. The staff were there to answer any questions we had and were accommodating with coming in early to set up as well as helping with some of our clean up at the end of the night. We also rented our tables and chairs from them, which made it even easier since it was all on site already with no delivery fee required. There's so much you can do with the spaces available (even without renting the barn) that you can really customize the experience. The value of the venue was also unbeatable. I priced several venues that offered the same kind of rustic/barn feel and they were thousands of dollars more expensive - so Steppingstone is incredibly budget friendly. Read less
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Steppingstone Farm Museum responded with the following comments:

Thank you for your great feedback! Our staff cares about your experience being as peaceful as possible on your special day, as we feel that fits our setting. We are glad you enjoyed the site and thank you so much for your support of our small nonprofit museum. Events like yours make it possible for us to provide education and outreach to the community and preserve the historic structures within the state park. We hope you return often to enjoy the beauty and tranquility of the Land of Promise.
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Jaime
Wedding:
5/21/2016
3.8/5.0
I absolutely love the venue we chose. They were very accommodating to our needs and helpful with questions. At times I felt that the staff manager wasn't very friendly, but we got done what we needed to, and I wouldn't change a thing about the location I chose. I also had the carriage barn which was absolutely beautiful, had some minor electrical issues with the power source for a moment, but it turned out great.
I absolutely love the venue we chose. They were very accommodating to our needs and helpful with questions. At times I Read more...
I absolutely love the venue we chose. They were very accommodating to our needs and helpful with questions. At times I felt that the staff manager wasn't very friendly, but we got done what we needed to, and I wouldn't change a thing about the location I chose. I also had the carriage barn which was absolutely beautiful, had some minor electrical issues with the power source for a moment, but it turned out great. Read less
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Kaitlyn
Wedding:
10/24/2015
4.7/5.0
Steppingstone was the perfect venue for my DIY rustic wedding! We held our ceremony at the stage and our reception in the Carriage Barn. In late October, the leaves had just started changing and provided the most beautiful scenery. Our guests couldn't stop complimenting the grounds. Angela and especially Anna were very helpful, though I think it was a great decision for them to have Anna focus on the events since the museum is becoming more popular for weddings. Anna even golf carted my elderly grandmother to the different parts of the park so she didn't have to walk! The volunteers were so helpful and friendly. It's definitely a raw space, but with a little creative flair this venue is breathtaking, charming and elegant!
Steppingstone was the perfect venue for my DIY rustic wedding! We held our ceremony at the stage and our reception in the Read more...
Steppingstone was the perfect venue for my DIY rustic wedding! We held our ceremony at the stage and our reception in the Carriage Barn. In late October, the leaves had just started changing and provided the most beautiful scenery. Our guests couldn't stop complimenting the grounds. Angela and especially Anna were very helpful, though I think it was a great decision for them to have Anna focus on the events since the museum is becoming more popular for weddings. Anna even golf carted my elderly grandmother to the different parts of the park so she didn't have to walk! The volunteers were so helpful and friendly. It's definitely a raw space, but with a little creative flair this venue is breathtaking, charming and elegant! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
3.1/5.0
The venue could not have been more beautiful! People are still asking me where we found the place, and all night were commenting that it was such a beautiful, unique space for a wedding. We had our ceremony at the stage and the reception in the carriage barn - it was worth the extra money as well to not have to worry about the weather! Overall we were happy with how our special day turned out.

I agree with other comments that you will want a wedding coordinator if you choose to have your wedding here. It is hard to be in charge of all the minor details on the day of, and they can be difficult to get a hold of since they are running the museum and farm full time as well. They are a bit disorganized as well - we were *specifically* told at our pre-event meeting the week before that there was no wedding or event in the carriage barn the day after ours, and it was agreed that we could come back at 9AM to clean everything up. When we arrived at 9 they basically told us that there *was* a wedding, they thought maybe we just would have some flowers to clean up, and they had used our security deposit to pay staff to clean everything up when we left the night before, stashing all of our decorations and leftover items behind the barn instead of waiting. Had my husband and I not been still reeling from our beautiful and awesome night before, it would have been a bigger deal but at the time we didn't want to worry about it.

Overall, great value to rent the venue for the day for much less than many others, but it comes with the price of planning everything yourself, and we recommend hiring someone to be the go-between and make sure both sides understand the plan.
The venue could not have been more beautiful! People are still asking me where we found the place, and all night were Read more...
The venue could not have been more beautiful! People are still asking me where we found the place, and all night were commenting that it was such a beautiful, unique space for a wedding. We had our ceremony at the stage and the reception in the carriage barn - it was worth the extra money as well to not have to worry about the weather! Overall we were happy with how our special day turned out.

I agree with other comments that you will want a wedding coordinator if you choose to have your wedding here. It is hard to be in charge of all the minor details on the day of, and they can be difficult to get a hold of since they are running the museum and farm full time as well. They are a bit disorganized as well - we were *specifically* told at our pre-event meeting the week before that there was no wedding or event in the carriage barn the day after ours, and it was agreed that we could come back at 9AM to clean everything up. When we arrived at 9 they basically told us that there *was* a wedding, they thought maybe we just would have some flowers to clean up, and they had used our security deposit to pay staff to clean everything up when we left the night before, stashing all of our decorations and leftover items behind the barn instead of waiting. Had my husband and I not been still reeling from our beautiful and awesome night before, it would have been a bigger deal but at the time we didn't want to worry about it.

Overall, great value to rent the venue for the day for much less than many others, but it comes with the price of planning everything yourself, and we recommend hiring someone to be the go-between and make sure both sides understand the plan. Read less
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Steppingstone Farm Museum responded with the following comments:

We agree that you had a lovely wedding! As a small, nonprofit museum we work hard to keep the site beautiful and appreciate your feedback. We also recommend a wedding coordinator as that does help everything run more smoothly! Great advice to share with future couples. Note to future couples: We make sure that everyone has a copy of all times and details from the pre-meeting to keep us all on the same page for planning. We now have a dedicated staff person for wedding bookings to ensure a rapid response to all inquiries.
We are glad to have another couple join the Steppingstone family!
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Grace A
Wedding:
7/10/2015
4.6/5.0
I didn't come across this venue in my research for our ceremony. While I was in town visiting some other sites with my FMIL, she thought I'd like to see Steppingstone. She had taken her family to events there when they were young and remembered how beautiful it was. I was in love with the place even before we went through the front gate. It is enchanting. Everywhere you look is a charming picturesque view. I had a little trouble getting some email responses and answers in the beginning, so I handed the responsibility over to my FMIL and we soon had a contract. We ended up renting out the entire site for the afternoon/evening, but only used the stage area (for the ceremony), the pavilion (for the reception) and the visitor center (to get dressed). It was great to have access to the display barn in case of inclement weather. We arrived the night before the ceremony to set up. The pavilion was perfect, as we were able to celebrate outdoors but still have protection from the July sun. Using the picnic tables fit into our rustic theme and saved us plenty of money on rented tables. We did make use of Steppingstone's rented tables for catering prep, though. They also were able to provide us with dishes, glasses, and flatware for the reception. They had some signage left over from other weddings that we were able to use. A maintenance worker/jack of all trades (Nick) was there when we set up and during our whole wedding day. He was AMAZING! He helped us with every little thing we asked. He gave the kids rides on the golf cart, and even inflated a huge slide for them which was on site for an event the next day. He helped take out trash and clean up too.
Our wedding at Steppingstone was beautiful, simple, and outdoors. It was everything we wanted. The photographer was amazed at the site and was spoiled for choice when it came to choosing where to take photos (which came out perfectly!) My family all loved the venue. It made our wedding day so incredibly special.
I didn't come across this venue in my research for our ceremony. While I was in town visiting some other sites with my Read more...
I didn't come across this venue in my research for our ceremony. While I was in town visiting some other sites with my FMIL, she thought I'd like to see Steppingstone. She had taken her family to events there when they were young and remembered how beautiful it was. I was in love with the place even before we went through the front gate. It is enchanting. Everywhere you look is a charming picturesque view. I had a little trouble getting some email responses and answers in the beginning, so I handed the responsibility over to my FMIL and we soon had a contract. We ended up renting out the entire site for the afternoon/evening, but only used the stage area (for the ceremony), the pavilion (for the reception) and the visitor center (to get dressed). It was great to have access to the display barn in case of inclement weather. We arrived the night before the ceremony to set up. The pavilion was perfect, as we were able to celebrate outdoors but still have protection from the July sun. Using the picnic tables fit into our rustic theme and saved us plenty of money on rented tables. We did make use of Steppingstone's rented tables for catering prep, though. They also were able to provide us with dishes, glasses, and flatware for the reception. They had some signage left over from other weddings that we were able to use. A maintenance worker/jack of all trades (Nick) was there when we set up and during our whole wedding day. He was AMAZING! He helped us with every little thing we asked. He gave the kids rides on the golf cart, and even inflated a huge slide for them which was on site for an event the next day. He helped take out trash and clean up too.
Our wedding at Steppingstone was beautiful, simple, and outdoors. It was everything we wanted. The photographer was amazed at the site and was spoiled for choice when it came to choosing where to take photos (which came out perfectly!) My family all loved the venue. It made our wedding day so incredibly special. Read less
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Amanda
Wedding:
7/4/2015
4.0/5.0
We loved that we could rent out the entire grounds. We were married on the stage, had dinner under the pavilion, and dancing/dessert in the carriage barn.

The venue is beautiful and we couldn't have imagined getting married anywhere else.

Angela was a joy to work with during the planning process. We did run into some issues with the venue staff the day of the wedding but I would still highly recommend the location.

FYI- You may want to consider supplying additional outdoor lighting. The walkway was dark after the sun went down.
We loved that we could rent out the entire grounds. We were married on the stage, had dinner under the pavilion, and Read more...
We loved that we could rent out the entire grounds. We were married on the stage, had dinner under the pavilion, and dancing/dessert in the carriage barn.

The venue is beautiful and we couldn't have imagined getting married anywhere else.

Angela was a joy to work with during the planning process. We did run into some issues with the venue staff the day of the wedding but I would still highly recommend the location.

FYI- You may want to consider supplying additional outdoor lighting. The walkway was dark after the sun went down. Read less
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