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Mentor in Lake County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

James A. Garfield's “Lawnfield”

 
 
James A. Garfield's "Lawnfield" Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., June 9, 2011
1. James A. Garfield's "Lawnfield" Marker
Inscription.
In 1876, James A. Garfield bought this 118-acre farm in the rural village of Mentor, Ohio, and soon purchased an additional 40 acres. Over the next four years, Garfield doubled the size of the house and made it a home for his wife, Lucretia, their family, and Garfield's mother, Eliza. During the 1880 presidential campaign, reporters called Garfield's home "Lawnfield."

After President Garfield's assassination in 1881, Lawnfield gradually changed. Lucretia sold about half the farm in 1908, and family heirs reduced its size to less than 8 acres as the Cleveland suburbs grew around Mentor. The family donated the property to the Western Reserve Historical Society in 1936. In 1980, Congress established James A. Garfield National Historic Site to memorialize the life of our 20th President.

James A. Garfield Home
"Lawnfield"
has been designated a
Registered National
Historic Landmark

under the provisions of the
Historic Sites Act of August 21, 1935
This site possesses exceptional value
in commemorating and illustrating
the history of the United States
U.S. Department of the Interior
National Park Service
1964

 
Erected 1964 by National Park Service.
 
Marker series.
James A. Garfield's "Lawnfield" NHL Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., June 9, 2011
2. James A. Garfield's "Lawnfield" NHL Marker
This marker is included in the National Historic Landmarks marker series.
 
Location. 41° 39.912′ N, 81° 21.056′ W. Marker is in Mentor, Ohio, in Lake County. Click for map. Marker is on the grounds of James A. Garfield National Historic Site. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8095 Mentor Avenue, Mentor OH 44060, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lawnfield (here, next to this marker); James A. Garfield and the Civil War (a few steps from this marker); Gasholder Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Carriage House (within shouting distance of this marker); Garfield's Farm (within shouting distance of this marker); Railroad Connection (within shouting distance of this marker); Windmill (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Campaign Office (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Mentor.
 
Also see . . .
1. James A. Garfield National Historical Site. (Submitted on November 2, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Garfield's Front Porch Campaign - The Mentor Scene. (Submitted on November 2, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. James Abram Garfield at FindAGrave.com. (Submitted on September 16, 2013, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
 
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James A. Garfield's "Lawnfield" NHL Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., June 9, 2011
3. James A. Garfield's "Lawnfield" NHL Marker
James A. Garfield's "Lawnfield" Markers image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., June 9, 2011
4. James A. Garfield's "Lawnfield" Markers
James A. Garfield's "Lawnfield" on Marker image. Click for full size.
By National Park Service, undated
5. James A. Garfield's "Lawnfield" on Marker
[Caption reads] In this artist's depiction of Lawnfield during the 1880 campaign, most of Garfield's 158-acre farm is outlined in yellow, while today's 8-acre historic site is outlined in red.
James A. Garfield's NHS Inset on "Lawnfield" Marker image. Click for full size.
By National Park Service, undated
6. James A. Garfield's NHS Inset on "Lawnfield" Marker
[Caption reads] Today, James A. Garfield National Historic Site contains Garfield's house, campaign headquarters, and some structures built by Garfield's widow, Lucretia. Tours through the house can be arranged in the park visitor center inside the Carriage House.
James A. Garfield Profile at NHL Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., June 9, 2011
7. James A. Garfield Profile at NHL Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 426 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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