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.

Decoration Day

Program Celebrating Decoration Day

Come and learn about the history of Decoration Day and James A. Garfield's connection to the holiday!

Celebrate Flag Day

Flag Retirement Ceremony June 15, 2019

Join local Boy Scout troops as they properly and respectfully retire used and unserviceable American flags in honor of Flag Day.

Group of boy scouts on grounds at Garfield home

Scout BSA Merit Badge Programs

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

Image of the front porch of Garfield home

Calendar of Events

Take a look at the up-to-date list of programs and special 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.

Last updated: May 19, 2019

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8095 Mentor Avenue
Mentor, OH 44060


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