James Garfield Room

James Garfield Room

James A. Garfield was the 20th President of the United States. He visited Lebanon, Ohio on August 26, 1871. Although a member of Congress at the time, he was commonly called “General Garfield,” which referred to the military rank he had six years earlier in the Civil War.

He spoke that night at Washington Hall which was located two blocks north and one to the east of The Golden Lamb. The town’s newspaper, The Western Star, called his speech, “one of the finest political addresses ever delivered in Lebanon.” It went on to predict, “If he has the courage to pursue the course he has adopted an important political future is yet before him.”

Earlier that day, Garfield attended a Sunday school picnic a Bethany Church near what is now Exit 32 on I-71. Being a former lay preacher in the Disciples of Christ Church, Garfield enjoyed the day.

The James Garfield Room has two queen-size beds and is located on our third floor.