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. Programs are at noon.

Flag Etiquette Program

Flag Etiquette Program for Cub 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!

103rd birthday!

NPS Birthday, August 25- Fee Free Day!

Celebrate the National Park Service 103rd birthday by touring the Garfield home for free!

Garfield Obscura Exhibit

New Exhibit Garfield Obscura!

See unique and different items not normally seen on display at James A. Garfield National Historic Site that are all Garfield related!

Last updated: August 4, 2019

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8095 Mentor Avenue
Mentor, OH 44060


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