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, Maryland, 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

County Farm Tour

Saturday & Sunday- July 27 & 28
12PM to 4PM
Pack your picnic basket, a blanket and some shades and come out to Button Farm for the 30th annual Montgomery County Farm Tour. If history repeats itself then the weekend promises to be a real scorcher, so we will have shady spots in which to relax and the sprinklers will be on for your cooling pleasure. Lawn games, farm animals and self-guided tours promise fun for kids and adults of all ages.

This event is FREE to the public. For more information on the 18 other farms participating visit:

Drinks on the Veranda

Join us for our second annual Drinks on the Veranda event, following the Montgomery County Farm Tour. Relax in the shade of our wrap-around porch and enjoy a cool respite from the summertime heat. Come with friends and make some new ones. Try your hand at 19th century games, a  scavenger hunt, and raffle giveaways. Historical libations, hot jazz and cool bites await.