Monday, May 30, 2011

James A. Garfield Monument, Lake View Cemetery

James A. Garfield
served as the twentieth President of the United States from March 4, 1881 through September 19, 1881. After being in office for only a short time, President Garfield was shot by Charles Julius Guiteau on July 2, 1881, at the train depot in Washington D.C. President Garfield survived throughout the summer, but he died on September 19, 1881.

The James A. Garfield Monument at Lake View Cemetery in Cleveland, Ohio, was dedicated on Memorial Day in 1890. The Garfield Monument is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The caskets of President and Mrs. James A. Garfield are on display in the lower level of the monument. The remains of their daughter Mary and her husband Joseph Stanley Brown are in urns adjacent to the caskets of President and Mrs. Garfield.

In nearby Mentor, Ohio, is the former home of President James A. Garfield, now known as the James A. Garfield National Historic Site.

At the Visitor's Center, you can see exhibits and view a video which chronicle the life of President Garfield. Originally, there was a farm and orchards on the Garfield property.

Tours of the Garfield home are available for a small fee, and the grounds are lovely.

If you ever find yourself in northeastern Ohio, consider visiting the Lake View Cemetery and the James A. Garfield National Historic Site.

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