MENTOR, OHIO—James A. Garfield National Historic Site will be open and free to the public from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Presidents’ Day—Monday, February 20, 2017.
The Site is a unit of the National Park Service that commemorates the life, career, and legacy of James Abram Garfield, twentieth President of the United States. Garfield lived in Mentor when elected to the presidency in 1880, running his campaign from his home on today’s Mentor Avenue. President Garfield was shot by a deranged assassin on July 2, 1881, just four months into his term. He died eighty days later on September 19, 1881.
Presidents’ Day visitors to James A. Garfield National Historic Site will be able to tour the Garfield home, visitor center museum, and grounds free of charge. The event will be hosted by “Mrs. Lucretia Garfield,” and children will have the opportunity to meet “President George Washington” and “President Abraham Lincoln” (all portrayed by historical reenactors). Presidential-themed games and activities, including making a patriotic pinwheel, will be available in the visitor center.
“Presidents’ Day is one of our favorite holidays and busiest days here at James A. Garfield National Historic Site,” said Site Manager Todd Arrington. “After all, what better place is there to spend Presidents’ Day than a presidential home? We invite everyone to stop by to learn about our Chief Executives and also have a little fun here on Presidents Day.”