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GARFIELD'S LAWNFIELD HOME OPENS

James A. Garfield -- farmer, scholar, college president, orator, soldier, congressman, lawyer and the 20th president of the United States -- is showing off again.

After a four-year, $11.8 million renovation of the James A. Garfield National Historic Site, the home where he led his famous "front-porch campaign" for the presidency in 1880 has been restored to its Victorian grandeur and re-opened to the public.

A tour should start at the visitor's center and its museum exhibit in the former carriage house. Here you can learn about the life of Garfield, from his youth as a farmer and Erie Canal mule-team driver to his ascent to the presidency. A 20-minute film shown in the room which once housed Garfield's horses is worth watching.

Garfield's home has been painstakingly restored to the period of 1880-1904 by the Western Reserve Historical Society and the National Park Service.

The Garfield National Historic Site is about 25 miles east of Cleveland, on Route 20 two miles east of Route 306.

It's open year-round from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. It is closed on New Year's Day, Thanksgiving, Labor Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas.

For more information, call (440) 255-8722.