James A Garfield National Historic Site

Overview

James A. Garfield National Historic Site preserves the property associated with the 20th President of the United States. Garfield acquired the home in 1876 to accommodate his large family. The home, named Lawnfield by reporters, was the site of the first successful front porch campaign in 1880. James A. Garfield was President from March 4, 1881 until his death on September 19, 1881. Four years after his assassination, the Memorial Library wing was added by Mrs. Garfield and her family - setting the precedence for presidential libraries. James A. Garfield NHS is operated by the National Park Service and the Western Reserve Historical Society.

In addition to regularly scheduled house tours, a variety of special events for visitors of all ages are held at James A. Garfield National Historic Site. The staff at James A. Garfield National Historic Site offers curriculum-based education programs for grades 1-12, which align with Ohio's social studies, math and language arts/literacy content standards (match-ups upon request). Programs are two hours, and include a tour of President Garfield's home. Outreach programs are also available.

Map

Activities

Seasonality / Weather

May 1 to October 31:
James A. Garfield National Historic Site is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon - 5 p.m.

November 1 to April 30:
James A. Garfield National Historic Site is open Saturdays and Sundays only, from noon - 5 p.m. (closed Monday through Friday). However, if you are planning a trip to the area during the week, please call ahead. Adult groups may also make reservations during the week by calling 440-255-8722. Teachers may book field trips during this time by calling the main number, or Park Ranger Mary Lintern at 440-205-3825.

Holiday closures:
•Thanksgiving Day, November 25
•Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, December 24 & 25
•New Years Day, January 1
•Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - January 17

Exceptions: Open these weekdays during the winter for the following exceptions:
•Veterans Day - Thursday, November 11 from noon - 5:00 p.m.;
•Presidents Day - Monday, February 21 from noon - 4:00 p.m. (see Special Events for planned programming)

Easter Sunday hours will be noon - 5 p.m.

The last house tour leaves at 4:15 p.m. daily. Tours may be limited.

Directions

Driving: 

James A. Garfield National Historic site is most easily accessed from Interstate 90. From I-90, exit at Route 306. Follow Route 306 north for two miles until you reach Route 20 (Mentor Avenue). Turn right (east) onto Route 20. James A. Garfield National Historic Site is two miles up on the left.