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

Heritage Harvest is Here!


Button Farm celebrates Heritage Harvest on Saturday, October 20th from noon to 4 PM. Admission is FREE and there will be tours of the farm and lots of fun for the family.  Sponsored by Heritage Montgomery, this new event features farms in the Agricultural Reserve, and showcases the wide diversity of destinations that await you.

Test your skills with historical games, explore the farm on a scavenger hunt, press apples to make cider, or peruse the autumn plantings in our heirloom Museum Garden.

A special guided tour of the restored Button Farmhouse will offered in the afternoon.  And take a look at our new Honey Bee hives to find out what the buzz is all about.

We will be joined by several community partners, including Coming to the Table, a national nonprofit working to “acknowledge and heal wounds from racism that is rooted in the United States.”

Join Heritage Montgomery for a celebration of autumn and the fall harvest in the Montgomery County Agricultural Reserve! Stop and visit a wide variety of farms: a farm market and winery, CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farm, animal sanctuary, living history farm, lavender farm, and much more. Fun family activities will include farm tours, markets, crafts for kids, adorable farm animals, historic structures, and food for sale. Admission is FREE – but you just might find something delicious to buy and take home for dinner! For details go to Heritage Montgomery’s Heritage Harvest Page.


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.