August to September

Saturday, September 22 National Public Lands Day- Fee Free Day!
National Public Lands Day is set aside each year for Americans to reflect, and celebrate, national parks, fish and wildlife refuges, national forests and other areas set aside for the benefit and enjoyment of the people. No entrance fees are charged at any National Park Sevice sites across the U.S. on Public Lands Day!

Saturday, September 22 at 10 a.m. Architecture and Restoration Tour
Want to know more about the architecture and design of the buildings here at James A. Garfield NHS? Interested in knowing how and why the current design of the Garfield home was chosen for display back in the mid-1990s? Then this tour is for you! This monthly specialty tour takes you around the property to examine design features of the Garfield home and other buildings. Reservations required; please e-mail or call 440-255-8722. Cost is $15/person. Must be 16 or older.

Saturday, September 22 at 1 p.m. Life after President Garfield with Mrs. Lucretia Garfield
President James A. Garfield died on September 19, 1881, some 80 days after being shot by Charles Guiteau on July 2. As the nation mourned a leader struck down in his prime, Garfield’s widow, Lucretia, and their five children had to adjust to life without him. Join Mrs. Lucretia Garfield (portrayed by living historian Debbie Weinkamer) for a conversation about her family’s life in the years after President Garfield’s death. Free of charge.
Saturday, September 29 at 1 p.m. Historic Route 20: A Journey Across America’s Longest Highway
Join author Bryan Farr at James A. Garfield National Historic Site as he details the history of America's Longest Highway, US Route 20! You will hear how an early Native American path became the earliest postal roads to main Westward Expansion routes! Hear the tales of the road from witches to the Wild West. Find out which Presidents called 20 home and how Lincoln made history along the highway. Books signing after the presentation. Free and open to the public!

Sunday, September 30 at 10 a.m. Junior Behind the Scenes Tour
So many kids want to take our popular Behind the Scenes tour that we’ve created this special 90-minute program just for them! Kids ages 9-15 are invited to tour our visitor center, barn, and windmill, along with the Garfield home’s screened-in porch and third floor, during this tour! Kids will participate in several Ranger-led activities at stations throughout the Garfield property. Tour takes place several times throughout the day; please e-mail or call 440-255-8722 for more information or to make reservations. Reservations are required. Kids are free; parents may wait in the visitor center to pick up kids after the tour.

Last updated: September 16, 2018

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