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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Garfield Heritage Hike

The Garfield Heritage Hike will take place Saturday, November 13, 2021. More information can be found here.

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Top 10 at James A. Garfield NHS

Take a guided house tour, watch the site movie, and view the exhibits. These are just a few activities to do at the site. Learn more here.

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Winter Hours Begin November 1, 2021

Beginning November 1, 2021 the Garfield Home will begin winter hours: Friday, Saturday, Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Reservations required.

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Boy Scout Merit Badge Program Resumes

Please join Park Rangers for the Citizenship in the Community virtual merit badge program on Nov. 6, 2021 at 9:30 a.m. Find out more here.

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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Virtual Passport Stamp

Explore James A. Garfield National Historic Site from your own home and earn a virtual visit passport stamp today.

Last updated: October 23, 2021

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