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


Join The Button Farm Living History Center for the 21st annual Heritage Days Weekend. Tour our heirloom garden, heritage breed animals, newly restored 19th century buildings and slave cemetery. Historical demonstrations, guest speakers and activities are available for visitors of all ages. Refreshments will be available for sale both days. Visit our Events Page for additional details as they become available.


Welcome Summer Campers!

Looking for an adventure for your summer camp group this July or August? Button Farm has morning and afternoon activities tailored to your group’s 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. Button Farm features 20 miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails. So book a guided tour of the farm or script and adventure of your own. Check our Programs Page for pricing and availability.