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

    James A Garfield

    National Historic Site Ohio

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    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 »

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The Death of President James A Garfield

From the New York Times, September 1881

Original images attributed to the New York Times in September, 1881.

Courtesy of the National Museum of Health and Medicine, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Washington, DC.

President James A. Garfield served just four months in office before being shot by Charles Guiteau on
July 2, 1881. The president lingered for over two months, finally dying on September 19, 1881. In recognition of the 132nd anniversary of the President's death, take in a presentation about the circumstances of the shooting, the president's medical care, and his death and funeral.

This free program begins at 1 p.m. in the Visitor Center auditorium. No reservations are necessary.

Did You Know?

1976 Photo of Lawnfield by Robert Riggin

The James A. Garfield National Historic Site was given the name Lawnfield by reporters in 1880. Up until then, the Garfield family called it "The Mentor Farm".