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James A Garfield-National Historic Site

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.

James A. Garfield National Historic Site
8095 Mentor Avenue

Mentor, Ohio 44060

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Local Number: 440-205-3825


Sunday: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Saturday: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Special Hours:




General Admission: 5.00
Youth 15 and under are free



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  • One State, Eight Presidents
    by Discover Ohio

    In the 50 years before the roaring 1920s, 10 men were elected President, eight hailed from Ohio--giving the state its nickname, "Mother of Presidents." From Civil War hero Gen. Ulysses S. Grant to Warren G. Harding, the list of Ohio presidents includes some of the most influential leaders in history.

    Whether you’re a history buff or just patriotic, you can embark on a multi-day journey visiting monuments and paying tribute to the nation’s former leaders.

    On Day One, visit the home of President Garfield and the National McKinley Birthplace Memorial, a 232-foot by 136-foot marble memorial. Don’t forget to stop by the National First Ladies’ Library.

    On Day Two, travel to the Hayes Presidential Center, which includes a museum, as well as the Hayes Tomb. Then venture to the Warren Harding Memorial.

    Day Three takes off at the National Air Force Museum. Check out the retired “Air Force One” that carried President Kennedy’s body to Washington, D.C.

    On Day Four, travel to the Cincinnati-area to visit the birthplace and boyhood homes of Presidents William Howard Taft and Ulysses S. Grant.

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