where present meets past, and past meets future


The historic Button Farm, home to the Menare Foundation, is Maryland’s only living history center depicting 19th century slave plantation life and the heroic story of the Underground Railroad through our unique living history experiences. Situated on 40-acres inside of Seneca Creek State Park in Germantown, MD, we operate under a long term lease with the State of Maryland Department of Natural Resources through the State Resident-Curatorship Program. Menare will restore and maintain the historic buildings and preserve the cultural landscape as a resource for education, preservation and heritage. For more information on The Menare Foundation please visit us at

Emancipation Day

The state of Maryland abolished slavery 153 years ago.  Join us at the Button Farm in celebrating Emancipation Day.

Chef Ben Ritter of the Watershed Cafe in Poolesville will be on hand for a cooking demonstration featuring recipes from Heritage Montgomery’s new African-American cookbook.

Tour the farm, visit with our barnyard friends and help us to inaugurate our newly renovated fire circle with a toasty bonfire.

For information on the county-wide celebration of Emancipation Day, go to

This is our last event of the 2017 season!

More 2017 hours, info and map.


See You in 2018!

Thanks to all of you who visited, volunteered and donated to the Button Farm Living History Center this year!

We are closed for the winter, but look forward to seeing you again in the Spring!

If you have not yet signed up to volunteer with us, please fill out our volunteer application.