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.

Garfield home

Calendar of Events

Take a look at the up-to-date list of programs and events at James A. Garfield National Historic Site.

Union flag with 26 stars, 1865

Leaders & Legacies of the Civil War Era

Bring lunch and join us at Mentor Library the second Wednesday of each month for discussions on Civil War era topics. Programs are at noon.

Group of boy scouts on grounds at Garfield home

Boy Scout Merit Badge Programs

Boy Scouts can earn a variety of merit badges at the Garfield home, including the three Citizenship badges.

Speaker talks

Summer Speakers at James A. Garfield

Listen and learn more about the Civil War's Antietam battle, life after President Garfield's assassination and historic Route 20!

Concert Music

Concerts on the President's Lawn

Come and enjoy different musical groups perform on the lawn of the 20th President James A. Garfield!

Troilus and Cressida

Cleveland Shakespeare Festival

Enjoy a performance of Troilus and Cressida by the Cleveland Shakespeare Festival.

Civil War Weekend

Civil War Encampment Weekend July 21-22!

Activities for the whole family! Meet President and Mrs. Lincoln, General Grant, Frederick Douglass and many more!

Last updated: June 15, 2018

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8095 Mentor Avenue
Mentor, OH 44060


(440) 255-8722

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