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.

The Garfield home looking at the back. Fall trees in the foreground.

Winter Hours Start November 1

The Garfield Home and Visitor Center are open Fridays-Saturdays-Sundays for tours. Schools and groups may make reservations during the week.

Veterans pass

Honoring Veterans and Gold Star Families

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

Photo of 2nd floor hall, including original woodwork and reproduction wallpapers from 1880.

Learn at Home!

Learn about James A. Garfield National Historic Site from the comfort of your own home.

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Top 10 at James A. Garfield NHS

Take a guided house tour, watch the site movie, and view the exhibits. These are just a few activities to do at the site.

a white framed house surrounded by a whote fence in the front of the home

1880 Campaign Cell Phone Tour

Learn more about the campaign on the grounds of James A. Garfield National Historic Site and what visitors would have seen here in 1880.

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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Virtual Passport Stamp

Explore James A. Garfield National Historic Site from your own home and earn a virtual visit passport stamp today.

Last updated: November 10, 2022

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8095 Mentor Avenue
Mentor , OH 44060


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