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.

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May - September Special Events

May - August Special Events

Please click here for a list of our special events and programs.

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World Ranger Day

World Ranger Day Ceremony Friday, July 31 @11am

Mark World Ranger Day with a special ceremony at James A. Garfield NHS. Rangers from local, county and state park agencies will be in attendance.

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Geauga County Fair Band

Enjoy the Great Geauga County Fair Band!

Join us Saturday, August 1 at 2pm on the grounds of the Garfield Home for a live performance by the Great Geauga County Fair Band. Free of charge!

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Find out what's behind this door!

Behind the Scenes

Each month, visitors can take a peek into areas off-limits to the general public. Find out how you can see what's behind the door!

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White gloves are mandatory on the Behind the Ropes tour!

Behind the Ropes

Join us for a different look behind the scenes as we bring you up close to examine and even handle some of the site's collection.

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Civil War Photography

Major Battles of the Civil War

The next Major Battles program at Mentor Public Library is Wednesday, August 12 on Photography in the Civil War. Bring a lunch and join us at noon

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General James A. Garfield

Garfield and the Civil War Tour

This special 2 hour tour examines James Garfield's military experiences during the Civil War, and those of the 42nd Ohio Volunteer Infantry.

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New Management Structure for Garfield Site

Recently an announcement was made regarding changes to the management structure at James A. Garfield National Historic Site.

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Love History? We'd Love to Have You Here!

Like history? Are you a people person? We are now training volunteers for our spring and summer season. Click below for more details!!

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