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.


September - December Special Events

September - December 2015 Events

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

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Garfield Gate Stop 55

New Neighborhood Walking Tour!

Walk in the footsteps of the Garfield Family as you explore Mentor Avenue as it was during the family's residence from 1879 to the 1930's.

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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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Lake County in the Civil War

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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From the National Musuem and Health and Medicine, Washington, DC.

Commemoration of President Garfield's Funeral

Join Garfield site rangers and staff from Lake View Cemetery to explore the funeral of President Garfield and the elaborate memorial built in 1890.

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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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