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Button Farm Living History Center
Home of the Menare Foundation, Inc.

October at Button Farm

Button Farm is back in business for the month of October. We offer self-guided experiences on Saturdays from 12-3PM.

Each week we will add a new feature to the farm in the form of tours, demonstrations, close encounters with animals and scavenger hunts. Parking is $10 per vehicle. All of the activities are SELF-GUIDED and FREE!

Check out this week’s activities below or on our calendar and reserve your self-guided tour today!

Magic “On Tap” at Button Farm

Saturday October 17, 2020 @ 12-3PM

Button Farm welcomes Capitol Tap and District Tap this Saturday.  

Founder and director Lisa Swenton-Eppard and assistant artistic director Baakari Wilder, both residents of Montgomery County, MD, lead these multi-generational artists to become the next generation of tap musicians, dancers, historians, improvisers, technicians, educators, and performers. 

Normally in residence at Knock On Wood Tap Studio in Washington, DC these amazing artists will be practicing live in the farm Pavilion, so come out and experience the magic of tap!   www.capitoltap.com

See the Button Farm gaggle at work!.

Gaga for Geese!

Saturday October 17, 2020 @ 1PM

In the 19th century the Cotton Patch Goose was used to pluck weeds from cotton rows. Today these true to life lawn mowers work hard to keep the grass in check at Button Farm.  

Gather by the Goose Pen Saturday at 1PM to meet our fine, feathered friends and watch them as they take flight on their daily goose walk of the farm.

Heirloom of the Week


Jerusalem Artichokes were once a favorite of enslaved people across the South. Now they are considered haute cuisine and featured in fancy urban restaurants as Sunchokes! 

Their stalks soar up to nine feet in height, while below ground they produce a delectable tuber.  Besides being eaten as a staple food, they have been used in medicinals and fermented into alcoholic beverages.

Come see ours before the first frost strikes and while the bright yellow flowers are in bloom, then explore the Museum Garden's QR portal to learn more.

Seeking Vendors for Emancipation Day

Button Farm’s open house season culminates on Saturday October 31 from 12-3PM with our annual Emancipation Day Celebration, when we observe the day when Maryland abolished slavery on November 1, 1864.

Button Farm welcomes vendors to set up tables, display their wares, sell products and present activities.

Please complete this survey form to receive more information and to be part of this special event.

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