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

    James A Garfield National Historic Site

    National Historic Site Ohio

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    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.

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 inaugural ball was held at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C. which had just opened.