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.

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.

Skye Bistro at Lawnfield Inn and Suites

Lawnfield Lunch and Lectures Return

Enjoy lunch at Skye Bistro, and feed your brain while listening to presentations by staff and volunteers from the Garfield site.

Flag Etiquette Program

Flag Etiquette Program for Scouts!

Scouts are welcome to come to our new program! Learn the proper way to fold an American flag and what the stars and stripes really mean!

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

Scout Merit Badge Programs Offered!

A fun and easy way to earn your merit badges. Learn more by clicking here!

4th grade classroom programs

Every Kid Outdoors- 4th Grade Program

The Every Kid In a Park pass has a new name- Every Kid Outdoors! Click here to learn about free programs for 4th graders.

Read along with Mrs. Garfield

Children Program with Mrs. Garfield

Spend an afternoon with Mrs.Garfield as she reads some of her favorite Christmas stories and eat an old fashioned gingerbread cookie.

Winter Evening at Lawnfield with Mrs. Lucretia Garfield

A Winter Evening at Lawnfield program

Spend a wonderful winter evening with Mrs. Lucretia Garfield and learn about family holiday memories and traditions.

Last updated: October 26, 2019

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