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 Cub 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!

Poe Performances

An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe on Sale!

David Keltz returns for a 10th year for an Evening with Edgar Allan Poe! He will be performing for 3 nights!

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.

National Public Lands Day

National Public Lands Day Fee Free!

Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019 is a fee free day to celebrate National Public Lands Day!

Garfield Obscura Exhibit

Final days for Garfield Obscura!

See unique and different items not normally seen on display at James A. Garfield National Historic Site that are all Garfield related!

Last updated: September 13, 2019

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Mentor, OH 44060


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