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.

View of front of Garfield home with snow on the front lawn.

Winter Hours Now Through April

The Garfield Home and Visitor Center are open Fridays-Saturdays-Sundays. Call ahead for tour times.

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Schedule a ranger program for your class

Teachers can book virtual or in-person programs for various grade levels and choose an optional trip to Lake View Cemetery.

Special Events and Programs, 2023

Special Events and Programs, 2023

Click here for a listing of our special events and programs for 2023.

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Upcoming Scout Programs

Scouts can now register for upcoming merit badge programs.

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Honoring Veterans and Gold Star Families

The lifetime pass for veterans and Gold Star Families is now available.

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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Learn From Home

Explore James A. Garfield National Historic Site from home using our virtual options.

Last updated: February 23, 2023

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Mailing Address:

8095 Mentor Avenue
Mentor, OH 44060


440 255-8722
If your call is not answered, please leave a voicemail and we will return your call as soon as possible. You can also e-mail us at jaga_interpretation@nps.gov.

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