Council Awards Funding for Button Farm Renovations
Button Farm Living History Center simulates 19th century plantation life; $80,000 would be used to restore and renovate the farmhouse and other sites
Montgomery County Council approved on Tuesday funding for renovation efforts at Button Farm Living History Center.
The council approved $80,000 in matching funds, more the $47,500 that Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett recommended for the project.
Located within Seneca Creek Park, Button Farm simulates 19th century plantation life and hosts educational events throughout the year. The farm also grows fresh produce and is a supplier to Manna Food Bank.
The money would be used to restore and renovate the farmhouse and other sites on the property, according to documents submitted to the council.
Additional funding for the project would come from a $300,000 state bond bill and $220,000 from in-kind donations, bringing total funding to $600,000, county records state.
About Button Farm Living History Center
Button Farm Living History Center consists of 60 acres inside Seneca Creek State Park and is set up to depict a 19th century slave plantation. There is a 19th century barn, historic outbuildings and livestock pens, and a museum garden with plants and herbs that would have been found in a 19th century kitchen garden. The site is named after the family that owned the farm when it was purchased by the state as a part of Seneca Creek State Park in 1972.