• 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!

What's a Porch For?

A front porch can serve many purposes. For some, a place to enjoy the breeze on a warm summer night. For others, a perch from which to keep eyes on what's happening in their neighborhood. In 1880, James Garfield used his front porch as a platform to greet thousands of well-wishers during his presidential campaign. Today, the porch serves as a gateway to the story of the Garfield family.

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.