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.

Band Performance at Garfield Site

Music on the Garfield Lawn

University Heights Symphonic Band will be performing on the lawn of President and Mrs. Garfield! Click here to learn more!

Medical practices of the Civil War

Medicine and the death of the President

Learn how Civil War medicine killed President James A. Garfield ,as presented by Jake Wynn of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine.

Henry V

Cleveland Shakespeare Festival

Enjoy a performance of Henry V by the Cleveland Shakespeare Festival.

Civil War Music Festival

New! Civil War Music Festival July 6

Enjoy music from the Civil War Era as musicians perform on the lawn of the Garfield home.

Group of boy scouts on grounds at Garfield home

Scout BSA Merit Badge Programs

Scouts can earn a variety of merit badges at the Garfield home, including the three Citizenship badges.

Last updated: June 15, 2019

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