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

Spring has Sprung

The transition from winter to spring happens very quickly, and the seasons wait for no one!  We’re cleaning up the farm and getting ready for the new season.  Spring crops are already growing in the garden and our warm weather plants are snug in their greenhouse.  You can pick up garden plants at our Spring Plant Sale on May 4 at the Germantown Flea Market.  We have a dozen varieties of tomato plants to choose from as well as sweet peppers, eggplant, basil and even cotton (it makes a beautiful ornamental plant).  Our plants come in 4 inch pots and ready for your garden.  Proceeds go to help maintain our own Museum Garden at Button Farm.

Directions to the Germantown Flea Market are available on our Events page.  See you there!

Heritage Days are Here Again

Mark your calendars!  Button Farm will be participating once more in Heritage Montgomery’s celebration of our county’s historic sites.  The farm will be open from noon until 4:00 on Saturday and Sunday, June 29 & 30.