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“Interesting place” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of James A. Garfield Monument

James A. Garfield Monument
Ranked #15 of 175 things to do in Cleveland
Certificate of Excellence
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Hickory, North Carolina
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58 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Interesting place”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 31, 2012

I'll be honest with you. I had never really given much thought to President Garfield. I mean he really isn't one of the most talked about presidents in history. Do a little research like I did though, and you'll find out he was a very interesting person. I found this place by visiting the Lake View Cemetery. I was amazed at this monument built for this president. The level of detail was amazing. You walk into the monument and to your right is a (in my case) a very pre-occupied guy reading a newspaper who barely looked up to say hi to me. You walk straight ahead and there is a statue of President Garfield surrounded by pillars. He is standing in front of a chair and looks very distinguished. Pay attention to the walls and ceiling that are very ornate and pretty. You can go upstairs to an overlook to get an overhead view of the statue. You can go even further up to go out on the balcony and get a nice view of the city and Lake Erie. One word of warning though: the stairs are very narrow so be careful going down them. After all that you can go all the way go the bottom level which is the crypt. Sounds creepy, but it isn't. Down there you can see some artifacts about president Garfield. You can also go and see the casket of the president and his wife. Next to the caskets are the urns containing the remains of their daughter and son in law. Its weird to look at those caskets and urns and realize they have been there for over a hundred years. Very cool place.

Visited May 2012
2 Thank Justin L
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“A Place to See”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 28, 2012

As a Cleveland area native, this is one place not to be missed! Especially in the summer, especially on Labor Day Weekend! Why? The surroundings are the well landscaped Lake View Cemetery and on Labor Day weekend the moment see the perfect place to see the Blue Angels/Thunder Birds make their "turns" from the Cleveland Air Show.
This presidential moment to a president who seems not overly famous was most popular in his day, thus a very nice and elegant Victorian turret was fashioned. The basement houses the caskets of the President and Mrs. Garfield. The ground floor has a statue of the president in a two story high ornately tiled and gold leafed setting. Best are the castle-like staircases that lead to the open terrace of the memorial which provide a great scenic view of Cleveland, the cemetery and on Labor Day, a jet or four. If you get to the memorial, stop off in Little Italy for great pastry or visit the Lake View Chapel designed and built by L.C. Tiffany.

Visited June 2011
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