Monday, March 16, 2009
Mentor, Ohio: Lawnfield
James Garfield didn't get to be President of the United States for very long -- an assassination took care of that -- but at least he's remembered at his home east of Cleveland in Mentor, Ohio. The facility is very well preserved.
The visitors' center has the story of his life, including a replica of his swearing-in ceremony. Tours are available of his house. When we were there, the place was fixed up really nice for a wedding scheduled for that night -- complete with Mrs. Garfield in period costume.
Here's a picture of the front of the house. You could argue that modern political campaigning started here. During his Presidential run, Garfield made long speeches from his front porch, a departure from having associates speak for him. Reporters came from far and wide to write down Garfield's words.