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 www.menare.org.


    The Button Farm wishes to thank The Maryland Heritage Areas Authority. This website was made possible through its generous support.
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    The Button Farm Living History Center has numerous volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups ranging from light grounds work and plantation era chores, to carpentry and renovation work. Special Eagle Scout projects may also be arranged. Click here for current postings.

    Ongoing opportunities for docents, tour guides and living history interpreters, presenting 19th century personas, are available.


    Button Farm
    The Button Farm Living History Center is located at 16820 Black Rock Road, Germantown, MD, and sits just inside of Seneca Creek State Park.

    An easy 10 minute drive from I-270, we are nonetheless off the beaten path which makes us challenging to find. Follow the link to our detailed directions, address, hours of operation and tips on planning your visit

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    Family Fun
    Come join us for our annual events including Earth Day, May Plant Sale, Juneteenth-Heritage Days Weekend, Montgomery County Farm Tour, Halloween Festival, Make A Difference Day and Fall Festival-Emancipation Weekend. Admission is free to most events. Fees for classes, programs and special events may apply. Check our calendar for details.

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