James A. Garfield National Historic Site

A national historic site dedicated to the life and family of President James A. Garfield.

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.

In addition to regular tours of President Garfield’s home, park rangers offer special monthly tours: “Behind the Scenes” and "Garfield in the Civil War".

"Behind the Scenes" occurs the first Saturday of each month. This tour includes a visit to the basement, servants quarters, and third floor of the home, along with an inside look at the windmill and 1870’s barn—areas not visited during regular tours.

Behind the Ropes, not to be confused with the popular Behind the Scenes tour, this special tour takes you into several of the rooms of the Garfield home BEHIND the normal public barriers and allows you to see and even handle some of the home's unique artifacts. Always wanted to see further into some of the home's most beautiful rooms? Then Behind the Ropes is the tour for you!



8095 Mentor Avenue, Mentor, Ohio 44060 ~ Please refer to the museum website for open hours.