Button Farm Living History Center — 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 www.menare.org







COVID-19 Safety Statement

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 near the Porta-John.

For more information on state regulations please visit the following link: https://governor.maryland.gov/2020/09/01/governor-hogan-announces-beginning-of-stage-three-of-marylands-covid-19-recovery-additional-safe-and-gradual-reopenings/