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

Drinks on the Veranda

Join us on Saturday, June 9th from 5PM to 7PM at the Button Farm Living History Center to toast the start of summer at our first annual Drinks on the Veranda event. Sample 19th & 20th century Southern libations and culinary delights on this intoxicating tour of our living history center. Relax on the veranda, stroll the garden grounds, and mix and mingle with food and history lovers. Our menu will be paired with historical demonstrations and reenactments, music and merriment.

Chef Brian Patterson, head chef at Glenstone Museum and formerly of L’Academie De Cuisine, will be onsite preparing a signature dish, alongside appetizers pulled from the pages of the forthcoming Bread and Beauty Cookbook, featuring recipes from farms in Montgomery County’s Agricultural Reserve. Funds raised with help support programs and the ongoing restoration of our 19th century farm.

Tickets are $50 (historical cocktails and food included) and $35 (mocktails and food). Button Farm Living History Center is located at 16820 Black Rock Road in Germantown, Maryland.  Purchase your tickets via our secure Bookeo service on our Events Page.


Drinks on the Veranda Partners

Forthcoming Bread and Beauty Cookbook promoting Montgomery County’s Agricultural Reserve

Chef Brian Patterson