This modest little clapboard building at 56 Public Square seems like an unlikely witness to history. It has stood on this spot since 1830, when the  commercial district of the village of Medina consisted almost entirely of such little wooden structures.  It survived two devastating fires in the nineteenth century and has housed law offices, [...]

On a rainy October afternoon during the administration of President William McKinley, fourteen ladies gathered at the 314 East Washington St. home of Mary Griesinger, wife of a prominent businessman in Medina, to found a literary society.
The house —  which had achieved some level of fame  before the Civil War as the home of Congressman H.G. Blake and, as [...]

Elizabeth Blake McDowell was born in 1842 in the first frame house built in Medina, in the days when the village was making its transition from log cabins and the hardships of the frontier to clapboard homes and an easier, more civilized way of life.
She died in 1932, a few months shy of her 90th [...]

At the turn of the 20th century, this home  stood on the southeast corner of  Public Square, today the location of the Medina County District Library. Built by pork dealer and merchant, David King in 1833, it must have been a dazzling sight in the tiny village which was just evolving from log cabins to [...]

It’s time to give Austin Badger his due.
We all enjoy Public Square during the various festivals and celebrations that take place  almost continually during the year.  We revel in its picturesque beauty during all four seasons and think how lucky we are to live in such a lovely, historic community.
But no one ever thinks to [...]

The traditions of Christmas that we take for granted today — lavishly decorated trees, pine swags, gaily wrapped gifts and Christmas cards–  became universally popular during the Victorian age. Therefore it is very fitting that the 1886 John Smart house, a grand Victorian Eastlake structure located at  206 North Elmwood Street, and headquarters  of the [...]

Medina has played a small but active role in the history of aviation — from the Wright brothers to Apollo 13.
Who knew?
Miles Reed, Director of Operations for Medina Cable Access (MCA), the local cable channel, has  pulled together a variety of widely disparate strands from a variety of sources, and now tells the story [...]

Every restored Victorian building surrounding the greensward of Medina’s Public Square has its story.  And occasionally, some remnant, some souvenier from the past, hidden away in an attic or a dusty corner finds the light of day, and it too has a story to tell.
There is, for example, Gramercy Gallery at 221 South Court Street, [...]

Saturday, August 14
On a misty summer twilight, over three hundred people thronged the uneven old sidewalks of  South Court Street, Medina’s grand historic neighborhood. The occasion was “A Twilight Stroll Home Tour” sponsored by the South Court Street Historic Neighborhood Association. Six homes were open to visitors.  The oldest was an 1838 Federal style structure, [...]

The time — July 2, 1863.  The place — the small, rural village of Medina, population 800.
At dawn, the bell at the Baptist Church on West Liberty rang the fire alarm.  Someone had seen black smoke coming from Shubal Coy’s home on 227 South Elmwood Street and had sounded the alarm. As fire-fighting volunteers broke [...]