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

Every year we celebrate Maryland Emancipation Day commemorating the 1864 date when slaves were freed in Maryland.

Thank you to visitors and friends who joined us on October 31 to honor the anniversary of Emancipation Day.

Restoration Phase 1

The Button Farm Living History Center is nearing the conclusion of its PHASE I restoration which is focused on the Farm House residence and office space. Our house has plumbing, HVAC, upgraded electrical, new floors and fresh coats of paint, and is now home to our onsite manager.

This month we will begin furnishing the house and preparing the site for our winter hiatus. We will be contacting our volunteers during our off season. If you have not yet signed up to volunteer with us, please fill out our volunteer application.