Visit the property James and Lucretia Garfield purchased in 1876 and the home from which Garfield ran for President in 1880. The Garfield home was the site of the nation's first-ever "front porch" presidential campaign, and approximately 20,000 people visited here during the 1880 campaign. Garfield won election as the 20th President of the United States, but once the family moved into the White House he never saw the Mentor farm again. Garfield was shot by an assassin on July 2, 1881 and died 80 days later on September 19. A visit to James A. Garfield NHS features a guided tour of the home, museum exhibits about Garfield's life and career, walking paths around the 8-acre grounds, and an 18-minute biographical film. Dozens of special events examining various aspects of James A. Garfield's life and legacy are held throughout the year.