AAA Editor Notes
James A. Garfield National Historic Site is 2 mi. e. of I-90 on US 20 at 8095 Mentor Ave. A 45-minute guided tour takes visitors through the home of the 20th president. The memorial library, added by Lucretia Garfield after her husband's death, and Garfield's private study as well as many original furnishings and memorabilia belonging to the family, who remained in the house until the 1930s, can be seen. A fireproof vault is a highlight of the tour. Outbuildings include the campaign office, a barn and a windmill.
The 1893 carriage house has been repurposed and is now a visitor center with exhibits about Garfield's life, covering his childhood on the Western Reserve; education; service during the Civil War to the Union army and in the House of Representatives; presidential election; and his assassination, funeral and memorial. An 18-minute biographical film is shown throughout the day.
Special themed tours are given regularly and include a 2-hour behind-the-scenes tour that includes the basement, attic and outbuildings and a 90-minute tour focusing on Garfield's Civil War service. The Behind the Ropes tour offers further access into some of the rooms in the house. Dozens of special events are held throughout the year.
Guided tours are available. Picnicking is permitted.