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

August 2017 Hours

The farm is closed Saturday, August 5 in order to host The Blue Crab Bolt event.

The Button Farm will be open on August 12, 19 and 26 from 12noon-4pm for self-guided tours of our farm buildings, museum garden and heritage breed animals. Admission is FREE!

For details on all events use the calendar link above.

More 2017 hours, info and map.


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.

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