Medina County Historical Society

206 North Elmwood Street,
Medina, Ohio 44256,
Phone: 330-722-1341


UPDATE: The Board of the Medina County Historical Society will reopen the John Smart House Museum for research by appointment only.  Contact us and we will arrange an appointment for you to meet at the museum. Our phone is 330-722-1341 and email is Thank you for your patience and understanding. Be safe!

Medina County Historical Society Mission

This Society was formed in, and incorporated by the State of Ohio in 1922 for the purpose of:

Promoting all areas of historical interest through public education programs

Acquiring items of historical interest pertaining to Medina County that relate to and tell its story

Maintaining and preserving the items in its collection for display and research

Promoting the preservation of public and private records, buildings and customs of its citizens

The John Smart House Museum

John Smart House Photo

Organized in 1922, the Medina County Historical Society is celebrating its 99th year of collecting and preserving artifacts and information dealing with Medina County, Ohio history. The mission of the society was formed for the purpose of promoting, maintaining and preserving all such things as relate to and are of historical interest pertaining to the County of Medina.

The Society's holdings and resource material is in the 1886 John Smart House at 206 N. Elmwood, Medina, Ohio 44256. The Historical Society is a 501c3 organization, and donations may be deductible. Artifact donations may also be tax deductible based on an appraisal obtained by the donor

Museum Hours

Tuesdays 10am-2pm
First Sunday of the month 1pm-4pm
Call ahead if there is a holiday falling on the Sunday
Tours by appointment

Our operations are funded by donations, memberships, and fundraisers. Donations to our general fund allow us to continue to fulfill our mission, provide programs, exhibits, and research assistance to the community. They allow us to continue to care for our large collection of historical artifacts and archival materials that tell the story of Medina County and to care for our museums; The John Smart House Museum and now the McDowell-Phillips house. Thank you for your support!

Click here to Donate!

Visit our Gift Corner!

The McDowell-Phillips House Museum

mcdowell-phillips House Photo

In 2019, the society held a capital drive to purchase and preserve the iconic McDowell-Phillips house located at 205 S. Prospect street in Medina. This beautiful Queen Anne Shingle style home was built in 1890 by R.M. McDowell. Located in the Bankers Row historic district the house features 7 fireplaces, and 14 rooms; considered the largest house in Medina. It is a historic landmark and will serve as an additional museum to house our collections as well as many significant items left by the five generations that lived there. Tour schedule to be determined later in 2021.

To Contribute:

Medina County Historical Society
206 N. Elmwood Street
Medina OH 44256.
Attn McDowell-Phillips campaign.

Donate to the McDowell-Phillips House Project

Follow the progress of the McDowell-Phillips House!! We have partnered with Armstrong Cable and Main Street Medina to host a docuseries on the preservation projects with this iconic house. The episodes produced by Armstrong Cable are about 30 minutes each and highlight the exterior and interior work done since early 2020. Click the link below to view these u-tube episodes. The series will continue in 2021 as the house projects lead to our newest museum for all to enjoy.

McDowell-Phillips House Docuseries - Main Street Medina

Christmas at the Medina County Historical Society's Museums

Our two museums will be decorated for the Holiday season.Come and explore the charms of both house museums and Medina County history.

We will be following the COVID guidelines recommended by the State of Ohio and Medina County.

There is limited parking at each house but there is parking within walking distance.

Please note that both houses were built in the late 1800s and have steps to get into the house and to access the upper floors.

The Holiday decorations will be concentrated on the first floors.


John Smart House Museum

The Medina County Historical Society will have a holiday open house at the John Smart House Museum, 206 N. Elmwood, Medina, Sunday, November 7th & December 5th from 1pm - 4pm. This is a self-guided tour of the home.There will be docents in various locations throughout the museum to answer questions and provide some interesting facts. Admission donation prices will be $5 for adults, $4 for seniors & members and $3 for Students 7-18. If you have any questions, please call 330-722-1341 or email

Masks will be required.

McDowell-Phillips House Museum

The Medina County Historical Society will have a holiday tour at the McDowell-Phillips House Museum on Sunday, November 14, 21, 28 & December 5th from 1pm - 4pm. This will be a guided tour of 8 people starting every 20 minutes. No reservations, it is first come first served. Admission donation is Adults $10, MCHS Members and Seniors $9, students 18 years old $7 and under 7 with a hand holding adult, free. Legal parking is available on nearby streets, but please do not park on Blake Ave. If you have any questions, please email or phone 330-722-1341

Masks will be required.

Mistletoe Tea & Treats Takeaway

With the holidays right around the corner, once again it is time to pour our "Holiday Tea" at the Medina County Historical Society! However, we just can't seem to shake this Covid and for your safety, we have decided to cancel the "sit-down" Tea. This year we will be offering a Mistletoe Tea and Treats Takeaway! You will still be able to enjoy all the tasty scones with cream and jam, savories, sweets, salad and of course your own tea bag tucked in to warm you. All you have to do is add water! It will be in a container for you to pick-up and have a little “Tea” in your own home or with a few friends. There may even be a little holiday surprise inside as well!

To order your Mistletoe Tea & Treats Takeaway:

   Please call Beth Girman at 724.816.2447 between NOV 1-NOV 13 to place your reservation. 

Send your $25 pp check made payable to:

MEDINA COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY, 206 N. Elmwood St., Medina, OH  44256, ATT: Mistletoe Tea

to have your Mistletoe Tea & Treats Takeaway reserved! Pick-up date and time will be Sunday, November 21st at the John Smart House Museum, 206 N. Elmwood, Medina, between 11am and 1pm.  Enter the drive on Elmwood St. and drive around to your "server" with your name and your Tea will be given to you. Exit onto Friendship St.

Teas are limited, so call early to reserve one or more for you and your friends. Thank you all for your understanding. Covid has been a challenge for us all and we are just trying to make the best of the situation. But we can still have our Tea to kick off the Holiday Season!

Best Wishes for a wonderful holiday from us all at the Medina County Historical Society!

Trivia Night has been


Save the Date!!!

MCHS Trivia Night is returning!

Saturday, October 23rd at the Medina Eagles Hall

Get your teams ready for a night of fun, food & raffles!

Stay tuned for more info!!!

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Medina County Specialty license plate

Medina County has a specialty license plate available through the Ohio BMV that will benefit local historical societies in the county. Please think of us when purchasing your plates!

2021 Officers and Board Members

Brian Feron -President
Farrell McHugh -Vice-President
Mike Davanzo -Secretary
Carole Feron -Treasurer

Board Members

Mary Jo Palmer, Lila Lehrer, Pieri Levandofsky
Barb Praisler, Judy Davanzo, Roger Smalley
Mary Jane Brewer, Andrea Spickler, Beth Girman

Emeritus Members
Joann King, Tom Hilberg, Richard Clark

Become a Member!

Membership dues schedule and policy:

Senior Family..........$20.00
Organizations ..........$35.00
Life (one-time payment).. $300.00

Dues received September 1 or after will receive credit for the following year. Dues not paid by January 1 will receive a letter from the Membership Chairperson.

2021 Membership Form

Links to other Historical Societies

Medina County Historical Societies  Link
N.E.O.I.M.C.  link
The John Smart House and the People who lived there  link
Medina High School 1876-1900  link

Civil War Soldiers Conservation Project

The Medina County Historical Society is very fortunate to have in its museum an amazing artifact. It is a collection Civil War soldier ambrotypes and tintypes framed together. There are 94 images in total, which are ambrotypes (images on glass) and 28 tintypes. Where did they come from and who donated them to the MCHS? We wish we knew.
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