Self-Guided Tours

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 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. 

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