The 1850s Farm

1850s Farm

At Button Farm we strive to recreate the plantation-era landscape by replicating aspects of an 1850s farm. Take this virtual tour and then come out and experience it for yourself.

 

American Guinea Hogs

The American Guinea Hog is an endangered heritage breed. Also called the Yard Hog or Acorn Hog, this relatively small, black breed of hog is thought to have been bred from hogs brought over in the late 18th century from West Africa.

Button Farm House

This 1880s American “Foursquare” farmhouse features 10 rooms including the attic and basement. The building hosts an office, library and gift shop and serves as residential quarters for farm staff as well as a bed & breakfast.

Chickens

Heritage Breed Chickens are essential to the daily life of Button Farm, providing eggs and controlling insects that can damage our garden crops. Our Rhode Island Reds and Buff Orpingtons are two of the many breeds one would have found on 19th century Montgomery County farms.

Cotton-Patch Geese

Cotton Patch Geese are a heritage breed used widely during the plantation period to weed cotton and cornfields. Their popularity dwindled with industrialization and modern farming techniques. The breed is now on the endangered list, and part of our breeding program.

Historic Barn

The Barn is of post-and-beam construction and dates to around the late 19th century. It had been used as a dairy barn during the 20th century, and features both hand and machine-milled lumber, with some salvaged logs that possibly date to the Revolutionary War era.

Museum Garden

The Museum Garden reflects the agricultural traditions of Montgomery County during the period of enslavement. It serves as the heart of our heirloom seed preservation program and is also the location for gardening demonstrations.

Outhouse

Outhouses were the place where 19th-century people went to do their “business.” In rural areas, these old-timey toilets survived well into the 20th century. They usually featured a wooden seat constructed over a pit in the ground before indoor plumbing became the norm.

The Cemetery

A likely burial ground for enslaved people, the cemetery features field stone “headers” and “footers” to marking the spots for those interred. Button Farm is working to document those buried there and preserve this important cultural resource.

The Meadow

The Meadow is a special open area primarily populated by native plants and serves as a habitat to a plethora of animals, insects and birds.  Our meadow also helps control soil erosion and runoff from the farm.

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