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 Festival 10/5-6

Celebrate autumn and the harvest at Heritage Montgomery’s 2nd annual Heritage Harvest! FREE family activities including farm tours, markets, historic farm buildings, artists’ studios, adorable animals, food, wineries and more! Enjoy a drive through the countryside and pick up local produce from the Ag Reserve!

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Haunted Halloween Farm 10/26

Catch the spirit at Button Farm’s Haunted Halloween. Family friendly activities including scavenger hunt, games, animals and haunted hay ride. Nighttime bonfire, ghost stories and a featured movie screened on the side of our barn. Special Blair Witch tour of Seneca Creek State Park included.

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Food for the Soul Mini-Retreat 10/20

Join us for an afternoon of movement, discussion, meditation and sound as we journey together to nourish the soul, replenish our energy, relax and promote self-care.  Tap into inner guidance systems for strength and clarity. Move past vulnerability and allow the soul freedom to soar.

Emancipation Day 11/2

Commemorate November 1, 1864 when Maryland abolished slavery. Celebrate 155 years of freedom with music, food, and history. Musical performance by the Washington Revels Jubilee Singers. Round out the day with a guided tour of our slave cemetery, along with games, crafts, demonstrations and more!

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