Button Farm Living History Center

The historic Button Farm is Maryland’s only living history center depicting 19th century slave plantation life and the heroic story of the Underground Railroad through unique, living history experiences. In the Beyond the Big House program, students arrive at the 1850s farm and are led in a hands-on experience of plantation life including plantation chores, implements of slavery, and the slave auction block. In Flight to Freedom Experience, they will go on a simulated journey from slavery to freedom experiencing the rigors of plantation life, before making the harrowing journey along a simulated Underground Railroad trail. Button Farm Almanac is a behind the scenes tour of Button Farm, its history and environs. Students will meet the interpreters and see how they recreate an ante-bellum experience on forty acres of Maryland farmland. 

Contact Info
Address: 16820 Black Rock Road, Germantown, MD 20874. Montgomery. Tel: 301-916-7090. Email: menarefoundation@aol.com. Website: buttonfarm.org/urie. Hrs: Weekdays by appointment, Saturday 12Pm - 4PM.

Trip Info
Grade Level: K-college. Activity Type: Day Trips, Overnights, Guided Tours,Guided Activities,  Performances, Outreach. Recomm. Length of Visit: Varies. Cost: Fee.


Lesson Plan To Enrich This Class Trip

Living History Lesson Plan

Two hundred thousand Civil War soldiers were boys no older than 16, and an estimated 300 women were brave enough to disguise themselves as men and fight in the war. The average soldier weighed only 145 pounds due to poor diet, long marches, disease, and tough living, and earned about $15 per month more. ... Continue