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

Button Farm is Back Baby!

Button Farm is back in business for the month of October. We offer self-guided experiences on most 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.

Our season ends 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. Check our calendar for this week’s events
and reserve your self-guided tour today!

Explore the Great Outdoors

Button Farm provides a safe place to explore and play amongst forests and trails of the 6,000 acre Seneca Creek State Park. Arrive at the farm, park your vehicle and take off on the beautiful White and Orange Trails, which circle the farm and are a favorite destination of mountain bikers and equestrians. 

You can also walk to the nearby Black Rock Mill and Greenway Trails and enjoy the cool waters of Great Seneca Creek just a few minutes’ walk from our farm’s front gate along Black Rock Road. Check our website for farm rental and camping opportunities. 

Let’s Go Hog Wild!

Button Farm is home to a heritage breed known as the Guinea Hog which is believed to have its origins in West Africa.

Gather by the pen at 1PM to meet Dora, Mona and Lisa for their afternoon feeding frenzy and watch as these three furry sisters make total pigs of themselves.

What's Blooming at Button Farm?

Heirloom of the Week: Brown Cotton

Maryland was the northern-most state of the southern slaveholding region. Tobacco was the chief cash crop in the 18th century Chesapeake region, though other crops played vital roles too.

Brown Cotton is one of the heirloom crops we grow at Button Farm. While not grown widely in Maryland, it was Montgomery County Quakers who used it in the production of cotton “twist” and other products at their Triadelphia Factory, near Brookeville, Maryland.

Come out and see this remarkable plant in bloom before its flowers disappear, then explore the Museum Garden's QR portal to learn more about the plant called “King” of all crops.

Donate Now

Like many nonprofits Button Farm has experienced a major loss of revenue this year. And we hope to be open on a full-time basis once our global pandemic has passed.

Till then, we rely on the support and generosity of the community which we serve. Whether you book a reservation to visit in person, or wish to contribute from afar, your donation helps us provide critical support to keep our programs and work alive.

Please visit our DONATE NOW page and see how you can contribute today.

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