The Inn has been owned by seven families. Earliest land records show lumber baron Charles. G Learned purchased it in 1857 as a home, later enlarging and remodeling it. Learned, who earned his first $10,000 by age 18, was involved in the construction of the Erie Canal and New York City’s waterworks system.
President James A. Garfield, after whom The Inn was renamed, was a regular guest of the Learned family. Garfield was the first and only ordained minister elected as President of the United States. He’s been documented to say before his inauguration speech, [as an ordained minister] “I resign the highest office in the land to become President of the United States.” Just six months later he died by an assassin’s bullet in September of 1881.
The current owners devote themselves to maintaining The Garfield Inn’s history and providing guests with a warm, friendly atmosphere and a comfortable stay near beautiful Lake Huron.
In May of 1990, this landmark building was dedicated as a National Historic site.
“My engagement is with the Lord to meet Him in His house, and I shall be there.”
—James A. Garfield, 1831-1881