September and October Events


Wednesday, October 9 at 12 p.m. at Mentor Public Library
Leaders & Legacies of the Civil War Era Speaker Series: Civil War Archaeology

October is National Archaeology Month, so this is a perfect time to learn about archaeological artifacts found on Civil War battlefields and the processes archaeologists go through to conduct their work and teach us more about the Civil War. The program is free; please call Mentor Public Library at 440-255-8811 to reserve your spot. Speaker: Rebekah Knaggs, JAGNHS.

Saturday, October 12 at 10 a.m.
Behind the Ropes Tour

Not to be confused with the Behind the Scenes tour, this tour goes behind the public barriers in several rooms inside the Garfield home to give participants a closer look at and additional information about many of the home’s unique artifacts. This tour takes place at 10 a.m. Reservations required; please e-mail us or call 440 255-8722. Cost is $15/person. Must be 16 or older. This tour is the second Saturday of every month.

Thursday, October 17 thru Saturday October 19 at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe 10th ANNIVERSARY EVENT

Baltimore-based actor David Keltz performs The Raven and other Poe favorites. Two performances each night: 6:00 p.m. (The Tell-Tale Heart) and 8:00 p.m (Hop Frog). The evening also includes special exhibits, open house tours of the Garfield home, and light refreshments. Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased online here. Must be 16 years or older to attend.

Saturday, October 19 at 10 a.m.

Garfield Neighborhood Walking Tour

Learn more about the Garfields’ life in Mentor with a walking tour of several blocks immediately east and west of James A. Garfield National Historic Site. Features a “then and now” look at the Garfield family’s neighborhood using historic photos and modern views. This tour involves about 1.5 miles of walking and is held at 10 a.m. Reservations required; please e-mail us or call 440 255-8722. Cost is $15/person. Please wear comfortable walking shoes. This tour is the third Saturday of every month from May to October.

Saturday October 26 at 10 a.m. Junior Behind the Scenes Tour

This is a special adapted version of our regular Behind the Scenes tour that is just for kids (ages 9-15). Children will tour the visitor center, barn, and windmill on the property, as well as visit the Garfield home’s screened-in porch and third floor. They will also participate in several park ranger-led activities while on the tour. This tour is FREE for kids ages 9-15. This tour begins at 10 a.m. Reservations are required. Kids are free; parents may wait in the Visitor Center to pick up kids after the tour. Reservations required; please e-mail us or call 440 255-8722. This tour is the fourth Saturday of every month (May to October).

Last updated: October 6, 2019

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

8095 Mentor Avenue
Mentor, OH 44060


(440) 255-8722

Contact Us