The Button Farm Living History Center programs provide hands-on history educational activities for public and private K-12 students, home school, community groups, universities, educators, corporations and the general public. Programs focus on history, agriculture, environment and sustainability. Team-building and conflict resolution can be matched with the participant’s specific needs.

Living History Programs

Beyond The Big House ™ 

Participants arrive at our 1850s farm and are led in a hands-on experience of plantation life. This includes plantation chores, implements of enslavement, and the auction block immersion experience. Click to request this program

Flight To Freedom Experience ™ 

Learn how self-liberators made the harrowing journey from slavery to freedom, as we search for food, protection, direction and shelter along a simulated Underground Railroad trail. Click to request this program

Guided Tours

Button Farm Almanac ™ 

Join us for this behind-the-scenes tour of Button Farm, its history and environs. Meet our interpreters and see how we recreate our immersive experiences on forty acres of Maryland farmland. Click to request this program

Cemetery Walk

Join us for this tour of the Button Farm burial ground; believed to be the final resting place of nearly a dozen unidentified enslaved people. Walk amongst the fieldstone markers, learn of African American burial traditions, and commune with the ancestors. Click to request this program

Self-Guided Tours 

Button Farm offers FREE Self-Guided QR Code tours beginning in June 2021. Just bring your smartphone and explore the farm. New tours are added seasonally and include close encounters with animals, quizzes and artifact identification, as well as scavenger hunt elements. This tour is free and available anytime you visit the farm. Click to reserve your visit for one of our OPEN HOUSE events

Outdoor Adventure & Team Building

Button Farm has partnered with GoAdventure Sports to bring exciting new experiences to school, small group and corporate outdoor adventure seekers. Learn orienteering, low ropes, mountain biking and much more on the farm and the surrounding trails of Seneca Creek State Park. Click to request this program

Off-Site Programs & Virtual Tours

Speakers Bureau

Can’t make it out to Button Farm? Let us bring the farm to you! Learn about the Button Farm Living History Center and our Underground Railroad programs by hosting one of our speakers at your next school, civic or corporate event either live or virtually by Zoom! Click to request this program

Heritage Tours 

Through Chesapeake Tours, our heritage tour company, we offer pre-form group motorcoach and retail walking tours of the African-American history and Underground Railroad in the DC Metro area and on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Click here to visit the Chesapeake Tours website. 

Our Partners

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