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

Fall Festival 2019

Emancipation Day 11/2

Commemorate November 1, 1864 when Maryland abolished slavery. Celebrate 155 years of freedom with music, food, and history. Musical performance by the Washington Revels Jubilee Voices. Round out the day with a guided tour of our slave cemetery, along with games, crafts, demonstrations and more!

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