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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Summer hours are here!

Guided tours of the Garfield home are available throughout the day. Call the day of your visit for specific tour times.

Special Events and Programs, 2024
Special Events and Programs, 2024

Click here for a listing of our special events and programs for 2024.

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Outdoor Shakespeare Here!

Enjoy a free night of outdoor Shakespeare on the grounds of President Garfield's Home!

Group of boy scouts on grounds at Garfield home
Scouts BSA Merit Badge Programs

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

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Select free park passes available

The Garfield site offers the Active Duty Military, Veteran, Access and 4th grade passes.

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: July 2, 2024

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Mailing Address:

8095 Mentor Avenue
Mentor, OH 44060


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