Imagine waking up one day and finding yourself in slavery. What would you do? Would you stay or escape? What food or supplies would you take? These are just a few of the challenges that our hands-on history programs present as participants are guided through simulated journeys depicting Plantation Life and the Underground Railroad.  Slave life, the auction block, and the flight to freedom are all encountered in our rich living-history experiences.

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. A focus on history, agriculture, environment, sustainability, team-building and conflict resolution are matched with the participant’s needs.


choresmedBEYOND 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 slavery, and the slave auction block.

FLIGHT TO FREEDOM EXPERIENCE ™  – Experience a simulated journey from slavery to freedom experiencing the rigors of plantation life, before making the harrowing journey along a simulated Underground Railroad trail.

BUTTON FARM ALMANAC  – Join us for this hour-long behind the scenes tour of Button Farm, its history and environs. Meet our interpreters and see how we recreate an ante-bellum experience on forty acres of Maryland farmland.


UNDERGROUND RAILROAD TOURS  – We offer bus, van, car and walking tours of Underground Railroad landmarks, homes and history in Montgomery County, MD, across the DC area and on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.RockvilleTour1med

SPEAKERS BUREAU  – Learn about the Underground Railroad history and the Button Farm Living History Center Project by hosting one of our speakers at your next school, civic or corporate event.