James A. Garfield National Historic Site, Mentor

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James A. Garfield National Historic Site was authorized as a unit of the National Park System by an Act of Congress on December 28, 1980. It consists of 7.82 acres and contains the home owned by James A. Garfield, 20th President of the United States, and his wife, Lucretia Rudolph Garfield. The property now consists of the home, visitor center, and several outbuildings. The home is accessible only by guided tour. An entrance fee of $5.00 per person is charged for those 16 and older. Please note that the final tour always leaves at 4:15pm. PLEASE NOTE: THE GARFIELD HOME IS CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC DUE TO CONSTRUCTION/IMPROVEMENTS UNTIL APRIL 2015. The site remains open during regular hours. Visitors may watch a video house tour and biographical film; tour museum exhibits; and walk the grounds during open hours.
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  • Took a tour of this home in September Quite beautiful. We especially liked the libary The lady giving the tour was interesting and very informative. This was our second Time at this house we were in t...  more »
  • I have lived in Mentor for over 40 years and visited his home only twice. Each visit was so informative thanks to the personable guides. He was brilliant and compassionate. It is so unfortunate that h...  more »
  • Little is known to the general public about President James A. Garfield because he was shot by assassin within months of his inauguration. He was a Civil War Hero and longtime Congressman whose legacy...  more »
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  • VERY interesting & cool place to visit! I learned so much both times I've been here & would go back again. The first time, I did the house tour with my friend. The second, he and I went back and did the Behind the Scenes tour, which was also very interesting.
  • Our tour guide was phenomenal. She was full of knowledge and info. She answered almost every question thrown at her, which was impressive. The property and house itself, is amazing. The house is full of amazing artifacts and pieces of the Garfield family’s life that make it such a personal feeling when you’re there. I loved it.
  • Very interesting exhibits about Pres. Garfield and his talented widow. Great 19th century technology: Windmill, gas well, etc. Get the National Park lifetime pass if you are a senior citizen.
  • The history of this home and the grounds is amazing. The family wanted to have it as a monument and memorial after their mother died and they donated everything with 80% of the real belongings in the home and the other 20% is all period pieces (and fake food ^.^ ). We went for a regular tour and it was $10pp but that fee is avoided with a National Park Pass. They offer specialty "behind the scenes" tours by appointment on Saturday mornings. The guide we had in the home, Barbara, is a volunteer but was insanely knowledgeable and had a real passion for everything she was telling us! I walked in with almost zero education about James Garfield and his family so as we asked questions Barbara would get more and more excited about answering them. They offer tours every 45 minutes and that's about how long it will take you to get through the home. The visitor's center also has a video, a bunch of artifacts, including the bed he died on, and a small gift shop. It was an awesome experience! I will definitely be back for the specialty tours!
  • I've been participating in the Garfield civil war living history event for the last few years. Beside a enjoying the event, this historic site is amazing. The grounds themselves are immaculate. And the Garfield himself is taking a step back in time. The park rangers are professional and courteous at all times. And the volunteers are extremely knowledgeable about the life of James A. Garfield. It's a great place to go and spend time with the family, while learning about President Garfield.
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