Planning Your Visit
Here are some pointers for planning your visit to The Button Farm. Please look through these frequently asked questions and answers and we'll SEE YOU AT THE FARM:
Q: What Should I Expect?
A: You will be visiting a 60-acre farm in a 6,000 acre park. Expect to see wildlife, historical landscapes and to have an out of doors experience. All of our exhibits and programs encourage hands-on participation. Be prepared to get involved, try something new and challenge yourself.
Q: What Should I Bring?
A: Dress comfortably and casually. Wear attire appropriate for the weather
conditions as all of our public facilities are open to the elements. Wear
comfortable shoes (no heels) as you will be walking on bare ground and
grass. If you have allergies or medical concerns remember to bring all
necessary medications. Those with potentially life threatening health
conditions should apprise our staff of your needs prior to arriving at our
site. Many visitors like bringing their cameras to capture the day's events.
Q: What Shouldn't I Bring?
not bring any loose-fitting jewelry, expensive accessories, items of great
value that might get lost. Valuables should be left at home or locked inside
of your vehicle. Pets (with the exception of seeing eye dogs) are
prohibited. As we are located inside Seneca Creek State Park, we are a
"Leave No Trace" facility and we do not have trash receptacles of any kind.
All disposable products (trash etc.) you bring in must be carried out with
you when you leave. Please bring the necessary garbage bags, etc. you will
need to carry your trash.
Q: How Do I Get There?
A: As the farm is located in a 6,000 acre State Park system, and not so
easy to find, we suggest that when coming to the farm that you use only
the directions below. If using a system such as Mapquest please
supplement with our printed directions below. Some car GPS systems may
prove inaccurate as well. If lost call us at 301.916.7090 or
BUS WARNING!: If arriving by bus you must contact us in
advance so that special arrangements can be made. Buses must also follow
ONLY the printed directions below. WARNING: Some charter bus companies
prefer to produce their own directions. Those buses ALWAYS get lost
(especially when coming via Route 28 which is a slightly shorter
distance than the directions below). BE WARNED!!! Buses that come via
Route 28 WILL NOT BE ADMITTED onto our property as our driveway entrance
is not oriented to receive large vehicles entering from that direction.
Buses too large to access our site will be permitted on unload
passengers at entrance and will be directed to off-site parking nearby.
At the designated time of departure they may return to pick up
passengers at the front entrance to the farm.
Please arrive no more than 15 minutes prior to your scheduled time.
THE BUTTON FARM, 16820 BLACK ROCK ROAD, GERMANTOWN, MD 20874
From The Capital Beltway/DC/VA (Bus, Car & Van)
- Take I-495 to I-270 North (towards Frederick)
- Follow I - 270 North to Exit 15B (Rt.118 south - Germantown)
- Continue on Rt.118/Germantown Road, south for approx. 3.5 miles
- Make a RIGHT onto BLACK ROCK ROAD (Black Rock Road is the first
street on your right AFTER the entrance to the South Germantown
SoccerPlex. The sign for Black Rock Rd is frequently missing. Sign may
be on telephone pole on left side of road. Look for a house on the
corner that looks like a castle)
- Continue on Black Rock Road for 1.5 miles
- The driveway entrance to the farm is on the RIGHT side of the road
- Proceed down driveway SLOWLY. Look for cyclists on bike path
crossing the driveway
- Follow signs for Visitor Parking sign at the end of the driveway
From Frederick, MD: (Bus/Car/Van)
Follow I - 270 South to Exit 15-B follow ramp right. Merge on to
Rt.118 south - Germantown
Continue by directions above
From Poolesville, MD: (Car & Van Only)
From the junction of Route 107 & Route 28:
head south on Rte 28 for 1.6 miles to Black Rock Rd. Turn left.
[*see landmarks & warning below]
Continue on Black Rock Rd. 1.5 miles to our address. Driveway is on
left side of road.
Proceed down driveway SLOWLY. Look for cyclists on bike path
crossing the driveway
Follow signs for Visitor Parking sign at the end of the driveway
*Landmarks- you will pass the Black Rock Mill on your left; cross
Seneca Creek bridge; go up hill. Our
drive is on the left when you reach top of hill.
*WARNING: The Black Rock Rd street sign is often missing. If you
miss Black Rock Rd continue
south to junction of Rt. 28 & Rt 118. Turn around and come back.
Black Rock Rd is exactly 1 mile north
of Rt 118.