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Lake View Cemetery

12316 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44106


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The James A. Garfield Memorial

The James A. Garfield Memorial

U.S. President James Garfield died on September 19, 1881. Cleveland was chosen as the President's place of entombment, and after lying state in the rotunda of the Capitol for two days, Garfield's casket was taken to Lake View Cemetery by special train. Countless grieving citizens viewed the casket en route from the Capitol to Cleveland. 

The casket was sealed in a temporary crypt while the permanent monument was constructed. Situated on a commanding hill in Lake View Cemetery, the monument was dedicated on Memorial Day, 1890.

The monument features a circular tower 50 feet in diameter and 180 feet high, built of native Ohio sandstone on a broad stone terrace. Around the exterior are five panels in bas-relief depicting Garfield's life and death. These panels include more than 100 figures, all of them life-size.

June 3 - **October 31, 2021

Thursday - Sunday
*11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Free Admission

*Guides will be present to discuss the the beauty and significance of this historic landmark.

** The James A. Garfield Memorial will close for the season on October 31, 2021. Check back in Spring of 2022 for our new hours of operation.


School tours and group tours of 12 or more must schedule directly by contacting Lake View Cemetery.

Inside the monument is Memorial Hall, a luminous space that features a sculpture of Garfield, red granite columns, a golden mosaic dome, and stained glass windows. In the crypt directly below the Memorial Hall are the bronze caskets of Garfield and his wife, Lucretia Garfield.

Learn about recent restoration efforts for the Garfield Monument and Memorial here.

An inscribed urn holds the ashes of the President's daughter, Mary Garfield Stanley-Brown, and the urn of her husband, Joseph Stanley Brown. A stairway leads to a balcony with a view of Lake Erie, the Cleveland skyline and 40 miles of the shoreline. The James A. Garfield Memorial was placed on the National Register of Historic places on April 11, 1973.

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The James A. Garfield Memorial
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