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.

Skye Bistro at Lawnfield Inn and Suites

Lawnfield Lunch and Lectures Return

Enjoy lunch at Skye Bistro, and feed your brain while listening to presentations by staff and volunteers from the Garfield site.

Flag Etiquette Program

Flag Etiquette Program for 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!

A boy scout troop gathering at James A. Garfield National Historic Site

Scout Merit Badge Programs Offered!

A fun and easy way to earn your merit badges. Learn more by clicking here!

4th grade classroom programs

Every Kid Outdoors- 4th Grade Program

The Every Kid In a Park pass has a new name- Every Kid Outdoors! Click here to learn about free programs for 4th graders.

Presidents Day 2020

Presidents Day Feb. 17, 2020!

Come celebrate Presidents Day with us on Feb. 17, 2020! Meet some of America's presidents and more fun actvities!

Count our birds!

The Great Backyard Bird Count!

Every February individuals count birds in the U.S. What a great way to explore the grounds of James A. Garfield NHS and exlpore nature!

Last updated: January 24, 2020

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8095 Mentor Avenue
Mentor, OH 44060


(440) 255-8722

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