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James A. Garfield National Historic Site


James A. Garfield National Historic Site

The Garfield Library

(Courtesy of Coastal Ohio) Lawnfield


(US government Photo)

The James A. Garfield National Historic Site, located in Mentor Ohio, includes the 7.82 acre estate of the United States' 20th president, James A. Garfield, who served from March of 1881 until his assassination in September of that year. The site includes the spacious main house, several out buildings, and a visitors' center with changing exhibits about Garfield's life, presidency, and death.

The Site:

The James A. Garfield National Historic Site is created out of the 7.82-acre estate purchased by Garfield in 1876 for his large family. The house itself was dubbed "Lawnfield" by the press because of its expansive front lawn. The name stuck. The house was also the site of the first "Front Porch" presidential campaign, a practice that became popular after Garfield's presidency.

More about Lawnfield:

President Garfield only served a little over six months as president. He was inaugurated on March 4, 1881 and was assassinated on September 19, 1881. After his passing, Mrs. Garfield added the library to the main residence to house the president's personal papers and memorabilia. It became the first of many presidential libraries.

The Exhibits:

In addition to touring the main house, visitors to "Lawnfield" can explore the exhibits about Garfield, his presidency, and his death in the visitor's center. The grounds also include a pumphouse/windmill, Garfield's campaign center, a granary, a farm, and a tenant's house.

Visiting the Site:

The James A. Garfield Historic Site is located in Mentor Ohio, about 30 minutes east of downtown Cleveland and easily accessible from I-90. There is ample free parking at the site. The site has a small gift area, but no food service.

Hours and Admission:

Between May 1 and October 31, the James A. Garfield Historic Site is open Monday - Saturday from 10am until 5pm and on Sundays from noon to 5pm. Between October 31 and May 1, the site is open only on Saturdays and Sundays, between noon and 5pm.

Admission is $5 and free for children 15 and under. Parking is free.

Contact Information:

James A. Garfield National Historic Site
8905 Mentor Avenue, Mentor, OH 44060
440 255-8722

(last updated 7-9-12)

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(last updated 7-9-12)

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