Self-Guided Tours

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.

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 Beekeeping

Honey Bees, kept for centuries for their honey, are crucial pollinators for many kinds of plants and trees. The beehive at Button Farm was rescued in 2017 from a restoration project at the Loving Charity Hall, at the Warren Historic Site, near Poolesville, Maryland.

Cotton-Patch Geese

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

The Button Farm House c.1880

This 1880s farmhouse was named for the Button family, the last farming occupants to own the property after World War II. The house is an American “Foursquare” meaning that all four sides are of equal length. The house has a total of 10 rooms including the attic and basement and was restored in 2015.

The Chicken Coop

Heritage Breed Animals are essential to the daily life of Button Farm. Our chickens provide eggs for our farm family as well as eat 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.  Check our QR code to learn more about these special birds.

The Historic Barn

Our barn is built 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. The structure features both hand- and machine-milled lumber with some hewing marks indicating timbers that possibly date to the Revolutionary War era.

The Museum Garden

The Museum Garden reflects the agricultural traditions of Montgomery County during the period of slavery and is at the heart of our heirloom preservation program. We grow rare or endangered crops in order to save seed and keep these varieties alive. The garden also serves as a location for demonstrations and activities.

The Outhouse

Outhouses were the place where 19th-century people did their “business” and 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 where the user would sit and relieve themselves before indoor plumbing was a thing.

Welcome!

The Button Farm is set on 40 pristine acres and is Maryland’s only living history center depicting 19th-century slavery and plantation life. The 1850s farm features a Reconstruction-era barn, historic outbuildings, livestock pens, heirloom gardens and a slave cemetery. The farm is home to our signature program — The Underground Railroad Immersion Experience— an experiential, sensory journey depicting the flight from slavery to freedom. 

Our Partners

Sorry, this website uses features that your browser doesn’t support. Upgrade to a newer version of Firefox, Chrome, Safari, or Edge and you’ll be all set.