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.

Entrance to Visitor Center

June 1, 2021 Summer Season to Begin

Tours of the Garfield Home resume June 1. Reservations required. Find out more about tours and activities at James A. Garfield NHS.

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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. Learn more here.

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Guided Tour Reservations Required

Beginning June 1, 2021 the Garfield Home will be reopening for guided tours. Reservations are required for tours. Find out more here.

Entry hall with original 1880's woodwork and reproduction wallpaper.

More Ways to Learn about JAGNHS at Home!

Find more ways to learn about James A. Garfield National Historic Site from the comfort of your own home!

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.

Last updated: September 8, 2021

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Mailing Address:

8095 Mentor Avenue
Mentor, OH 44060


(440) 255-8722
Main phone is not monitored during the week (Monday-Thursday) from November 1 to April 30. If you need to contact the site please email jaga_interpretation@nps.gov.

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