Yesterday we went on a field trip with other homeschoolers in our church. We had a wonderful time visiting the home of President Garfield.....the 20th president. I grew up in the same town as this home but never visited it : ( Boy was I missing out. It was a beautiful home and a very informative tour . Truly, this is a magnificient piece of history to have. Everything has been well preserved and the majority of the artifacts in the home were the actual property of President Garfield & his family....right down to the piano that he bought his daughter for her 13th birthday.
President Garfield was only president for 6 months when he was assasinated. Shortly after his death his wife added a beautiful memorial library filled with his books and other belongings.........including a funeral wreath that was sent to his family by Queen Elizabeth after his death in 1881. My 13 year old daughter made the comment that she would just have loved to been able to open up those books in his library and look at them. There were thousands !
I wish I could have taken pictures of the inside of the house, but they would not allow it.....it was amazing! In the dining room of the house there was a fireplace with beautiful handpainted tiles. The tiles were painted by President Garfield's wife and five children. They were a talented family because the paintings were beautiful. Mind you the children ranged in age from 7 - 17 yrs when the tiles were painted.