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

    James A Garfield

    National Historic Site Ohio

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  • Please observe changing seasonal hours

    November 1 through April 30, the site is open 10-5 Fridays and Saturdays. We accept reservations for schools and other organized groups for tours during the week.

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

Garfield's nomination on the 36th ballot is still the Republican Party's record for the most ballots ever needed to nominate a candidate.