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James A. Garfield National Historic Site

8095 Mentor Ave, Mentor, OH 44060
440 255 8722
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Ranked #1 of 9 Attractions in Mentor
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
Description: The site is made up of a visitors' center, as well as the 20-room farmhouse Garfield lived in with his wife and five children.
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English first
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

A few easy miles away in Mentor Ohio is the National Park Services President Garfield House and Museum. Detailed tours are conducted throughout the house by the Park Service. Start at the museum itself and learn about this fascinating president!

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Columbus, Ohio
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171 reviews 171 reviews
26 attraction reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 via mobile

This was a real treat. Beautifully restored, large Victorian home of an Ohio president. Our guide was absolutely terrific, very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Good history lesson. Very nice two hours.

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Columbus, OH
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36 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We were at the Garfield Home for their annual re enactment event. It was well run and well attended. The national park service did a great job of explaining things. People were not always aware when things were going on but hopeful they will get a pa system for next year. it is a great time if you have never... More

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USA
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39 reviews 39 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

The house has been renovated and was beautiful. A peaceful refuge off a busy street. I didn't realize what a great self made man President Garfield was. His wife, Lucretia, did a fabulous job in renovating the house after his death.

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Portland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

On a quiet, August afternoon, we decided to traipse around the lush property that is Lawnfield. The Garfield house is in pristine condition-nearly all the rooms possess original furnishings, including ravishing portraits and other quirky works of art. The library incorporated to the house after Garfield's passing was by far the most awe-inspiring sight to behold, with over 1,000 of... More

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Florida
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46 reviews 46 reviews
13 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

4 couples did the tour together and all had positive remarks about the tour. The home is very well kept and the movie and museum was both informative and interesting. A small (2) elevator can be used to reach the higher levels for people who are unable to do steps. Don't forget to use your National Park card if you... More

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

What we enjoyed most about our visit to the Garfield home is that the house is in virtually the same state as it was with James Garfield was President back in 1881. Yes, Garfield's widow added a very large addition (to house Garfield's books and presidential papers) but the original home retains almost all of the original furniture. You can... More

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Dayton, OH
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Lawnfield may well be the nicest Presidential home in Ohio. Located on US 20 and easy to find, the house is abundant with porches and has some wonderful art and furnishings. It's a guided tour, with the guides being very knowledgable about Garfield's humble beginnings (last of the log cabin Presidents), his ambitious upbringing (he would write Latin with one... More

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

The video and exhibits in the visitor center were well done. Our tour guide did a great job of explaining the history of the house and president. It was obvious he enjoyed both the history and leading tours. Dress warm for the house in summer. On the day we went in July it was cool outside, but very cold in... More

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Chesterland, Ohio
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199 helpful votes 199 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Lawnfield is the former home of President James A. Garfield, but is also interesting from a design and architectural standpoint. The home currently sits on about 20 acres in the suburb of Mentor, only a mile or so from a large shopping area. Although residential developments have grown around it, the site still has the historic feel from its farm... More

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