What's a Porch For?

A front porch can serve many purposes. For some, it is 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.

The Garfield home looking at the front porch. The house is gray with a red roof.

Planning a visit? Call today for a tour!

Reservations are required to tour the Garfield home during the month of May. Hours are daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Deer on the lawn with ears perked up.

Listen Up! Summer Events are Here!

Join the flora, fauna and your fellow humans for summer concerts, outdoor Shakespeare, and more!

Group of scouts standing outside at a merit badge program.

Scout Programs Return!

Click here for information on upcoming scout programs.

Photo of 2nd floor hall, including original woodwork and reproduction wallpapers from 1880.

Learn at Home!

Learn about James A. Garfield National Historic Site from the comfort of your own home.

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Top 10 at James A. Garfield NHS

Take a guided house tour, watch the site movie, and view the exhibits. These are just a few activities to do at the site.

a white framed house surrounded by a whote fence in the front of the home

1880 Campaign Cell Phone Tour

Learn more about the campaign on the grounds of James A. Garfield National Historic Site and what visitors would have seen here in 1880.

Junior Ranger Program and B.A.R.K. Rangers

Junior Ranger Program

Learn more about the Junior Ranger badges you can earn at James A. Garfield National Historic Site.

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Virtual Passport Stamp

Explore James A. Garfield National Historic Site from your own home and earn a virtual visit passport stamp today.

A boy scout troop gathering at James A. Garfield National Historic Site

Scout Programs Return!

Click here for information on upcoming scout programs.

Last updated: May 20, 2022

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8095 Mentor Avenue
Mentor , OH 44060

Phone:

440 255-8722
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