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

The Hog Daze of Summer

Farm hours this week: Sunday, June 13 Noon-3:00pm
Button Farm Almanac (Guided Tour): 1:00pm - 2:00pm
16820 Black Rock Road, Germantown, MD 20874

See our Calendar of events  to purchase your parking pass and reservation for this and other upcoming adventures at Button Farm!

It’s still early June but summer has arrived. It’s time to get out to the farm Join us for Button Farm Almanac, a new guided tour of our living history center, led by historian and Menare founder, Tony Cohen.

Guests will be guided on this behind-the-scenes tour of the farm, its history and environs.

Discover how we create immersive experiences on forty acres of Maryland farmland and how we interpret the story of slavery and the Underground Railroad.

In June only, the tour is FREE with paid parking reservations (a $10 per person value).

Buy Local at Button Farm

As our county begins to reopen we will be stocking local crafts and products in our pop-up gift shop.

This week we are featuring two classic books for sale. The African American Heritage Cookbook [Heritage Montgomery] is a collection of local recipes from Montgomery County’s historically Black American communities.

Bread & Beauty [Kousoulas and Letourneau] features the best recipes gathered from a year in the Agricultural Reserve, including Button Farm’s very own Sweet Potato Soup recipe.

Come and get your copy while they last and start planning your plow to plate summer!

Chart Your Own Adventure!

If you’re looking for a bit of adventure come out to Button Farm this Sunday.

Bring along a bike or hiking shoes, and explore the many paths along the Seneca Greenway & Schaeffer Farm Trails which launch from the entrance of our farm.

A short hike will bring you to the cooling waters of Great Seneca Creek, where you’ll find a popular swimming hole at nearby historic Black Rock Mill.


Save the Date: July 10
"The Walk to Canada Silver Anniversary Presentation"

Farm hours: Noon-3:00pm
Presentation: 1:00-2:00pm
16820 Black Rock Road, Germantown, MD 20874

See our Calendar of events  to purchase your parking pass and reservation for this event!

Join historian Anthony Cohen in the farm pavilion as he recounts his 1996 expedition retracing the route of the Underground Railroad from Maryland to Canada.

The program will highlight Cohen’s two-month-long journey from Sandy Spring, Maryland to Amherstburg, Ontario on this Silver Anniversary commemoration of the event.

Cohen will recount the path he blazed, along wilderness trails and waterways, to Free Black communities and Quaker sanctuaries, while stopping in towns along the way to chronicle stories and oral accounts.

In addition to the personal details of the trek Cohen will display artifacts preserved from his journey including the wooden crate that he shipped himself in—while being secretly smuggled on a train—a method used by self-liberators on Underground Railroad escapes.
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