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

Harriet Tubman Day Cancelled

As any of you in the area already know, we’ve had A LOT of rain, and more is on the way all week long.  Here at Button Farm that means MUD.  Our driveway and grassy parking areas cannot sustain traffic under these conditions.  Unfortunately, this means we will have to cancel our annual Harriet Tubman Day event, originally scheduled for this coming Sunday, September 16.   We apologize for any inconvenience.
We assume it will eventually stop raining and are looking forward to our Emancipation Day event November  3 & 4.  Watch here or on our Facebook and Twitter posts for details.


Welcome Fall School Groups!

Looking for an adventure for your school group this Fall? Button Farm has morning and afternoon activities tailored to your specific needs.

History, nature and 19th century farm life are some of the themes for our interactive hands-on experiences. Come visit a while with our heritage breed farm animals, discover what’s growing in our museum garden, or gather around for fire circle for our storytelling time.  So book a guided tour of the farm or script an adventure of your own. Check our Programs Page for pricing and availability.