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, MD, 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

Giving Tuesday


We want to thank the many volunteers who have given so generously of their time, knowledge and money to help us get the Button Farm Living History to where it is today.

There is still work to be done in 2018.  Restoration of the barn is only partially completed.  We need to stabilize the pole barn as well.  We are looking forward to expanding our displays and activities for programs and visitors too.  And then, of course, there are always mouths to feed–pigs, geese and chickens’ mouths to be exact.

On this “Giving Tuesday” we ask you to keep the Menare Foundation and its work on the Button Farm in mind.  Any amount you can give will help.  Click on the “Donations” link at the top of this page.

More 2018 hours, info and map.


See You in 2018!

Thanks to all of you who visited, volunteered and donated to the Button Farm Living History Center this year!

We are closed for the winter, but look forward to seeing you again in the Spring!

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