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.

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Visiting this summer?

Planning a visit this summer? Click here for visitation details!

Special Events and Programs, 2023
Special Events and Programs, 2023

Click here for a listing of our special events and programs for 2023.

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Upcoming Scout Programs

Scouts can now register for upcoming merit badge programs.

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Honoring Veterans and Gold Star Families

The lifetime pass for veterans and Gold Star Families is now available.

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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Learn From Home

Explore James A. Garfield National Historic Site from home using our virtual options.

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

8095 Mentor Avenue
Mentor, OH 44060


440 255-8722
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