Garfield Home to Close in September; Visitor Center and Grounds Remain Open
The Garfield Home will close September 2 through April, 2015 for the installation of a new geothermal heating and air conditioning system. The Visitor Center and Grounds will remain open during this time; Friday-Saturday 10am-5pm. More »
Things To Do
In addition to regular tours of President Garfield’s home, park rangers offer special monthly tours: “Behind the Scenes” and "Garfield in the Civil War".
"Behind the Scenes" occurs the first Saturday of each month. This tour includes a visit to the basement, servants quarters, and third floor of the home, along with an inside look at the windmill and 1870’s barn—areas not visited during regular tours.
"Garfield and the Civil War Tour", the third Saturday of each month, discusses the Civil War career of James A. Garfield and that of his brother-in-law, Joe Rudolph. After learning about Garfield's experience at the Battle of Chickamauga and Sandy Valley, the tour moves to the third floor suite in the Garfield Home, where General Rudolph lived with his family during the late ninteenth and early twentieth century.
Each program is roughly 1 1/2 hours, and begins at 11am in the Visitor Center. Reservations for both programs are required, and are limited to those visitors 16 years and over. Fee is $15/person.
Group tours are available by appointment.
Admission to the site is $5 for adults; children 15 and under are free.
America is commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, from 2011 - 2015. Sites throughout Ohio and the National Park Service are holding special events and programs.
Click here for a link to Civil War programs in Ohio.
Click here for a link to Civil War programs throughout the National Park Service.
The National Park Service provides a travel itinerary which includes many presidential homes, libraries and other sites. Please click here to access this website.
Did You Know?
The wallpaper in James A. Garfield's home and a side table in the Memorial Library have a spider web motif. Victorians believed that house spiders brought good luck and good fortune to the inhabitants.