Sunset in the Coconino National Forest, looking northeast toward Sedona, AZ, 4/17/15

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

James A. Garfield National Historic Site (OH), July 14

Just east of Cleveland is the James A. Garfield National Historic Site.  This site was the home of our 20th president and his family.   After a career in education and the military, Garfield ran and won the presidency as a dark horse.  But, after 4 months as president, he was assassinated by a disgruntled job applicant. 

After his death, Mrs. Garfield added on to the home to establish the first presidential library.   She also added modern conveniences like running water inside of the house, via a gravity fed system.  The water was pumped from the well using wind power, to a second-story holding tank.
Porch where Garfield
delivered speeches

During Garfield's campaign, the home was part of a working farm.  The press and the curious would gather outside the white picket fence and Garfield would give speeches from his front porch.  Garfield was the first presidential candidate to campaign on his own behalf.

originally posted 8/1/10


  1. Hi Suanne, Stopping by to tell you how much I've enjoyed reading your blog!
    Here's a quote, "A pound of pluck is worth a ton of luck."
    James A. Garfield
    So what is pluck? lol, looked it up, and "1. courage, usually in the face of difficulties or hardship"

  2. Heya, I just found this blog and think it's completely awesome,
    esp. since you referenced my "nest" page during your research phase --
    in fact I was roadtripping through most of July myself, and wouldn't
    mind comparing notes at some point The only nit is how to get in touch; I hesitate to just drop an email addr into a blog comment...
    if you have a better idea, put it here; alternatively you can just
    google for "hobbit" and "prius" and find how to send me mail at the bottom
    of that big main index.

    more later? I'll check back if I don't see email for a while.


  3. Hey there! Glad to see you here!


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