James A. Garfield
National Historic Site
1980: National Historic Site
Rating (1-5): Unrated
About the SiteThis home, located in northeast Ohio in Mentor, was practically the site of Garfield's 1880 Presidential campaign. He purchased the dilapidated 9-room farmhouse in 1876 for his large family, and in 1880 he enveloped it with 11 more rooms, and added the large porch that would become famous during the election. Because Garfield's Presidency was cut short by an assassin's bullet, the Park is mostly devoted to his life before he was elected.
What You're Going to SeeSome things visitors can do is take the 35-minute tour of James Garfield's restored house, touring the visitors center exhibits, and watching an 18-minute video of President James A. Garfield's life. Kids can participate in a program called the Garfield and Arthur Club, which encourages children to explore the site and offers occasional special programs.
Personal ObservationsOhio seems nice enough. I should go someday.
Getting ThereFrom Cleveland, take I-90 east for 22 miles. Exit at the Rte. 306 offramp, and take Route 306 north for two miles. Turn right on US 20/Mentor Ave. and follow that for two miles. The Site is on the left.
Nearby AttractionsCuyahoga Valley National Park is 30 miles to the southwest. Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial is about 60 miles to the west.