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
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.