This barn, originally locate near Mentor Avenue, was built for James A. Garfield in 1877. Although part of a larger barn complex during Garfield's time, the horse barn was relocated here. After Garfield's death, his widow, Lucretia, had the carriage house built in 1893 to shelter the farm's horses.
Just before purchasing this farm in 1876, Garfield wrote, "I must get a place where my boys can learn to work, and where I can myself have some exercise, where I can touch the earth and get some strength from it." For the next five years, Congressman Garfield - when at home in Ohio from Washington, D.C. - grew crops, bred animals, and planted orchards with his sons on this farm.