James A.Garfield Died Here Monument.

President Garfield Died Here

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Long Branch, New Jersey

After President James Garfield was shot by an assassin in 1881, he lived for over 80 days -- so long that his doctors moved him by train to a beach cottage on the Jersey Shore, hoping that the sea air would revive him. It didn't; the late summer weather was unusually hot, and the President died. The cottage was torn down, and the spot was neglected until the 1950s, when an eight-year-old named Bruce Frankel lobbied to have a small granite slab placed at the site. It still stands, but the rest of the property is now occupied by someone's garage.

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President Garfield Died Here

Address:
Garfield Rd, Long Branch, NJ
Directions:
From Ocean Ave. turn oceanward onto tiny Garfield Rd. It bends sharply to the left, and that's when you'll see the marker ahead on the right.
Admission:
Free
RA Rates:
Worth a Detour
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