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Button Farm Living History Center
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Emancipation Day at Button Farm

Saturday, October 31, 2020 @ 12-3PM

Celebrate the day in 1864 when Maryland changed its constitution to abolish slavery six months before the end of the Civil War. This outdoor, open-air, event includes an emancipation-themed self-guided tour of the farm and Slave Cemetery accessible by your phone through our QR portal. Scavenger hunts, farm animals, hands-on history and musical acts will help to round out the day. 

This is our final Open House weekend for the season at Button Farm. Come and enjoy the fresh air (social distancing/PPE protocols will be in place). Parking is $10 per vehicle. Go to our Eventbrite link to learn more and reserve your parking space today! 

Emancipation Day Special Features

Fun for the whole family!

  • Kids will be able to "trick or treat" through-out the farm.
  • Join the Becker Band at the campfire for some old-time fiddle tunes which were popular in the 1860s. Have a toe-tappin' and partner-swingin' good time!
  • See the Sepp Walzer’s Fest Band’s musicians with over two hundred years of combined music performance history. The band enjoys bringing good music to people and helping people learn to properly “schunkel!” The band loves seeing people move to this music and hopes to have you humming along to the tunes you recognize.
  • Watch Dora, Mona, and Lisa (the hogs) "pig-out" on their fall favorite...pumpkins! It should be a smashing good time.
  • A variety of vendors will be on hand to sell an assortment of goods (to eat and wear) and provide valuable information. Vendors: Gaithersburg Historical Society, Stargazing Farm, MNCPPC, Bread and Beauty... with more to come!
  • JUST ADDED: We will also have a new QR code Emancipation Tour that will include the Cemetery walk!

Emancipation Day Schedule
at a Glance

Farm Wide
12:00-3PM       Self-guided farm tour
                           Self-guided Journey to Freedom/Cemetery Walk (QR coded)
                           "Trick or Treat" (candy bowls at stations with pumpkin signs)

Fire Circle
12:00                  The Becker Band (Fiddle and Guitar)
1:00                    Sepp Walzer’s Fest Band’s  (German music)                          
1:30                    Story of Emancipation (Talk w/ Tony Cohen)
2:00                    Sepp Walzer’s Fest Band’s  (German music)             
12:00-3PM        Vendors
12:30                  Goose Walk
1:00                    Pig Pumpkin Party
3:00                    Farm closes. See you next year!

More Emancipation Week Events

Emancipation Day observances have largely gone virtual this year. Come to Button Farm for our live, in-person event Saturday, then log-on from the comfort of your home for these online events from our partner organizations:
Montgomery Parks
Wednesday, October 27, 2020 through Sunday, November 1, 2020
Zoom and streaming events, presentations and workshops from Montgomery & Prince George's Parks, Sandy Spring Slavery Museum & Button Farm Living History Center
Peerless Rockville
Sunday, November 1, 2020 @ 7-8PM
“Shadow on the Household - One Enslaved Family's Incredible Struggle”
Montgomery History
Tuesday, November 3, 2020 @2PM
“Emancipation in Montgomery County, Maryland” w/ Eileen McGuckian and Susan Soderberg (lecture)

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