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.

Entrance to Visitor Center

What to Know Before Your Visit

Learn more about what services are available at James A. Garfield National Historic Site before you visit!

Garfield Memorial Library

Virtual Group Tours Now Available

Groups from summer campers to senior centers and everyone in between can schedule a ranger-led virtual tours of the Garfield Home.

Entry hall with original 1880's woodwork and reproduction wallpaper.

More Ways to Learn about JAGNHS at Home!

Find more ways to learn about James A. Garfield National Historic Site from the comfort of your own home!

Learning more about James Garfield and his family

Garfield Family Biographies

Learn more about the parents and siblings of the President and Mrs. Garfield, and the couple's seven children.

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Read the Garfield Telegraph!

The Garfield Telegraph is a monthly newsletter written by JAGNHS rangers. The stories and articles always have a Garfield connection!

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Suggested Reading on James A. Garfield

Look here for ranger-recommended books on the Garfields and links to the newly digitized papers of Presidents Garfield and Chester Arthur.

Last updated: July 2, 2020

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