The Historic Button Farm

The Button Farm Living History Center is the main project of The Menare Foundation. Set on 40-pristine acres inside Seneca Creek State Park in Germantown, MD, Button Farm is Maryland’s only living history center dedicated to depicting 19th century slave plantation life. Secured through a long-term lease with the State of Maryland Department of Natural Resources under the State Resident-Curatorship Program, Menare will restore and maintain the historic buildings and preserve the cultural landscape as a resource for education, preservation and heritage.

Our site features a Reconstruction-era Barn, Historic Outbuildings, Museum Garden, Heritage Breed Animals and Slave Cemetery and is home to The Underground Railroad Immersion Experience, an experiential  reenactment of the journey from slavery to freedom. The farm is open annually from April to November. To experience the farm, participate in a program, attend an event or to help us shape our mission and goals, please visit the Button Farm webpage at www.buttonfarm.org.