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 2020

Covid Safety Guidelines

Button Farm Living History Center is in the process of resuming limited operations following Maryland’s statewide lockdown due to the COVID-19 crisis. Current state guidelines allow for limited social gatherings including outdoor events and tourist sites.  Your health, and the well-being of our staff and site partners, is of the utmost concern to us.  We will be limiting the number of people on the farm through a reservation only visitor system.  Information on reservations can be found on the Events Page.

To keep everyone safe, visitors to Button Farm will be required to follow these rules:

  • Masks must be worn when in close contact with other groups and staff
  • Maintain safe social distancing (six feet or more) from other groups and staff
  • Use the hand sanitizer and disinfectants provided

For more information on state regulations please visit the following link: