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

Winter 2020

MLK Jr. Day of Service

Anthony Cohen with Willie King and Tina Clarke at this year’s MLK Day of Service hosted by the Montgomery County Volunteer Center.  Ms. King (right) was secretary to Martin Luther King, Jr. and transcribed his “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” the text for which had been smuggled out of the jail cell.  Ms. Clarke (left) was part of the protests in the 1960s to desegregate the Glen Echo amusement park in Montgomery County.