• Front Porch of the Garfield Home - site of 1880 presidential campaign

    James A Garfield

    National Historic Site Ohio

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  • Garfield Home is Closed in September; Visitor Center and Grounds Remain Open

    The Garfield Home is closed from September 2 through March, 2015 for the installation of a new geothermal heating and air conditioning system. The Visitor Center and Grounds will remain open during this time; Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm. More »

  • Behind the Scenes, Behind the Ropes, Civil War Tour Suspended

    Due to the house closure, the Behind the Scenes, Behind the Ropes, and the Civil War tour will be suspended until April, 2015. We appreciate your understanding and hope to see you in the spring!

Behind the Scenes Tour

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Where do these steps lead? Find out on the Behind the Scenes tour!

NPS Staff

See the Garfield home and property as you've never seen it before! This special two-hour tour takes you into rooms in the Garfield house not open on the regular public tour, including the basement with the orignal 1832 tree trunk beams supporting the first floor, and the third floor which once contained suites of rooms for Mrs. Garfield's brother and his family. Also accessible on the Behind the Scenes tour is the 1876 horse barn, the windmill, and other outbuildings.

Guests must be 16 years or older. We appreciate your respect of this condition. Cost is $15 per person, and holders of the America the Beautiful Senior, Access, Annual or Military pass receive half-off tickets (cardholder only). This tour lasts about 1 1/2 hours, and includes lots of stair climbing. Visitors with problems walking or climbing stairs are cautioned not to take this tour.

Part of the Behind the Scenes tour involves walking outdoors, and into buildings without heat or air conditioning. This tour takes place year round, so please wear appropriate footwear, outerwear, and bring water.

Reservations can be made by calling 440-255-8722. Spaces are limited, and this tour frequently sells out well before each month, so please plan ahead.

Did You Know?

Partial image of Garfield Inaugural Ball Leaflet. Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division

James A. Garfield won the Presidency by less than 10,000 votes, less than 1/10 of 1%. That margin is still the record.