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

2018 Plant Sale!

It may still be cold outside, but it’s time to turn our attention to the bounty of summer–tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, basil and more.

We start many of our warm weather plants at a fantastic greenhouse that always provides us with healthy, robust plants, but in order to get the wholesale rates, we have to place large orders–more plants than we can actually use.  That’s where our plant sale comes into play.  We put the surplus plants on sale each year, which helps raise funds to support Button Farm while giving you a great start to your summer gardening (and eating!) experience.

This is the first year we are offering you the chance to reserve plants in advance.  Click on the link below to see a description of the plants we have on offer, along with prices.  Plants will be available starting Saturday, May 5.

Plant Sale Details.


Button Farm Welcomes You in 2018!

Winter seems reluctant to let go, but Spring is on the way, and we’re looking forward to a new year at Button Farm.  The restoration of the barns is entering a new phase, we have new fun fundraising events being planned, bees are coming to Button, and there are all the activities associated with Heritage Days and Emancipation Day and a whole lot more.  Stay tuned for details!  Better yet, keep in touch through Facebook and Twitter.

If you have not yet signed up to volunteer with us, please fill out our volunteer application.