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

Let’s Get Cooking

If you visited Button Farm for the Heritage Harvest event, you had the opportunity to meet Ellen Letourneau and Claudia Kousoulas, who were on hand with newly printed copies of their amazing cookbook Bread & Beauty.  Actually, calling it a cookbook doesn’t really describe it.  There are lots of delicious recipes for every season, but there are also stories of the men and women who work the farms of Montgomery County (including Button Farm!) and features on a range of agricultural topics.  The photography by George Kousoulas and Martin Radigan is stunning.  This is a book for both the kitchen and the coffee table.

To learn more about Bread & Beauty and to find out how you can purchase a copy for yourself (and for gifts), go to

Celebrate Emancipation Day

Come join us in commemoration of Emancipation Day  when Maryland changed its constitution in 1864 to abolish slavery.  The farm will be open from noon until 4:00 on Sunday, November 4 to mark the anniversary of the abolition of slavery in Maryland.

Slave Cemetery Walk w/ Anne Bouie
Freedom Papers w/ Deborah Brower
Circle Process w/Coming To The Table
Bonfire & Cider Press
Historical displays and activities

Enjoy our self-guided walking tour of the Button

Farm Museum Garden & Heritage Breed Animals