Medina County Historical Society
206 North Elmwood Street, Medina, Ohio 44256, Phone:330-722-1341
Yearly Calendar of events

Organized in 1922, the Medina County Historical Society is celebrating its 97th 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 all donations are fully deductible. Artifact donations are also tax deductible based on an appraisal provided by the donor. Our active committees include Digitization, Finance, Genealogy, Holiday Themes and Special Events.

John Smart House Photo
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 home, The John Smart House Museum.
Thank you for your support!

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The Bicentennial Print by Richard Doyle $10.00

MEDINA COUNTY COMING OF AGE 1810-1900 By Joann G. King  Over 500 pages of history of the people and activities in the formative years of Medina County $45

LETHA E. HOUSE From Foundling to Philanthropist A fascinating story about one of the areas most generous Philanthropist and how she used her sudden wealth for the benefit of many. Available in soft($24.00) or hard cover($30.00).

BUILDING A FIRM FOUNDATION  Tells the story of Medina County's history through her architectural heritage. Contains historical anecdotes, personal sketches, architectural descriptions and ever 250 photographs and drawings.$30.00

Pins available are John Smart House, Medina Gazebo, Medina Courthouse, AI Root Homestead, Old Phoenix Bank and the U.S. Flag. $3.00 each

We have books from Medina, Wadsworth, Brunswick, Chippewa Lake & Chippewa Lake Park and The History of Medina Schools 1817-2017 $20.00 each.

JOHN SMART HOUSE PRINTS by Medina artist Grace Zay unframed $25.00

Note Cards of Medina Gazebo & The John Smart House Museum $10.00

Stop in and take a look!  These are all great items for gifts!

Special Announcement

The Medina County Historical Society is excited to announce a new community endeavor which will preserve one of Medina County’s most architecturally significant and historic homes. Following discussions with the current owners, the Society has agreed to seek the funding to purchase the historic McDowell-Phillips house at 205 S. Prospect Street in Medina. This is the huge Queen Anne Shingle style home located at the end of West Washington Street in the city.

McDowell House Photo
The home was built in 1890 by R.M. McDowell at a cost of $10,900 and passed down through the family for 130 years.  Mr. McDowell was a prominent citizen and president of the Old Phoenix Bank.  Mrs. Elizabeth Blake McDowell was the daughter of H.G. Blake, a leading citizen in our county and state history having served as State Representative, U.S. Congressman, and staunch abolitionist.    Mr. and Mrs. Blake’s other daughter Helen married R.M. McDowell’s brother, O.H. McDowell.

“The Society is concerned that a normal real estate sale of this home could easily lead to its demolition as the property’s size might lend itself to new construction,” noted Society president Brian Feron. “The beauty and historic nature of the home make it well worth an intense preservation effort.”

Well-known local historian Joann King also pointed out that “this house will provide additional space for the Society to display its extensive artifact collection as generations of donors intended. The home and surrounding grounds will also eventually serve as a new and unique venue for cultural and educational events as well as for community and private usage.”

The Medina County Historical Society was established in 1922. Its mission is to preserve and protect Medina County’s historic artifacts and information for future generations.  This is a unique opportunity to preserve an important part of our county history.  The campaign,  “Preserving the Past, Embracing the Future” is underway! If you would like to contribute send your donation to MCHS, 206 N. Elmwood, Medina, 44256 attention: McDowell House Campaign. If you need more information please contact MCHS at 330-722-1341 or email

McDowell House Photo

Donate to the McDowell-Phillips House Project

Open House

We are open the first Sunday of the month from 1pm - 4pm at the John Smart House Museum, 206 N.Elmwood, Medina.

Our 2019 theme is the Women's Suffrage Movement.

We will focus on the passing of the 19th Amendment by the U.S. Congress in the year 1920. The passing of the historic Amendment was a direct result of the women's suffrage movement occurring across America in the early 1900's. It was only after years of extreme effort that women would have the right to vote on what was to happen in tgheir county, state, and nation.

The Medina County Historical Society will explore the role of prominant woment in Medina County.

If you have not yet visited us or you are a returning visitor, you will not be disappointed.

The museum admission is FREE but donations are always welcome!

Fall Foliage Tour

The Medina County Historical Society will be participating in the Fall Foliage Tour this year, Saturday October 12th & Sunday October 13th from 12pm - 5pm.  Stop by and take a tour of our museum, The John Smart House, 206 N. Elmwood, Medina. If you have never visited us or you are a returning visitor, you will not be disappointed!  This year we are focusing on the passing of the 19th Amendment by the U.S. Congress in the year 1920.  This Amendment gave women the right to vote!  We are also highlighting prominent women of Medina County!  The museum is FREE --  donations are always welcome!

Annual Christmas Tea

The Medina County Historical Society invites you to our Annual Christmas Tea held at the John Smart House Museum, 206 N. Elmwood, Medina, on Sunday, November 24th from 12:30pm-2:30pm. Please join us to indulge in delicious scones, savories, sweets and of course a selection of teas. Entertainment will be provided by Dottie Nemec and we will also sell tickets for raffle baskets! The cost will be 25.00 per person and seating is limited. Your payment will guarantee your reservation as it is received. If you would like to sit with friends, please give us names with payment. Please note if you are NOT able to do stairs as there may be seating on the 2nd floor.    Checks may be sent to: The MCHS Christmas Tea,   c/o The Medina County Historical Society, 206 N. Elmwood St., Medina, Ohio 44256.Any questions, please call Beth Girman @724.816.2447

Special McDowell-Phillips House Holiday Open Houses

In the Spirit of Christmas Past...…  Join us for a whimsical Christmas journey through the beautiful and fascinating McDowell Phillips home located at 205 S. Prospect, Medina.  Hear charming family stories, savor cookies of the season with  delicious hot cider, and enjoy a variety of local talent at various times throughout the weekend sharing musical holiday cheer.

Address: 205 S. Prospect, Medina. Enjoy a trolley ride or lovely walk through Bankers Row historical neighborhood west of the Medina square. This will be a stop on Lolly the Trolley.  Parking is also available at Liberty Row 1 block north of the home .

Friday, November, 22nd, 6:00-8:00pm; Saturday, November 23rd 2:00-6:00pm; Sunday, November 24th 1:00-4:00pm. Tickets at the door: $10.00, children 6 and under accompanied by a hand holding adult are free. Proceeds raised at this event will benefit the Medina County Historical Society's "McDowell-Phillips House Preservation Fund" 

This event is presented by the current owner of the home.

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The John Smart House is a Victorian Queen Anne style home. This was a popular design in the 1880s and 1890s, and is characterized by an irregular form. It has bay windows, a two story tower, a second story airing porch, and an irregular roof line. Even the surface is irregular. There are scalloped shingles and clapboards, cornices and boards that define the different floor levels. The porches are not original, but they are a duplication of what was there based on early photographs of the house. The original slate roof has been replaced with a shingle that simulates shingles.

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Medina County Specialty license plate

Medina County is celebrating its Bicentennial this year and will be selling Bicentennial/historical license plates. We will start selling the license plates in April. Once this plate is created, funds from the BMV in 2018 and beyond will be allocated to all the 501c3 Medina County historical societies. This program will assist all the township, village and city museums in our county. Please think of us when purchasing your plates!

Medina Plate

Officers and Board Members

Brian Feron President
Farrell McHugh Vice-President
Laurel Glaze Secretary
Carole Feron Treasurer
Laurel Glaze Administrative Assoc.

Board Members
Mary Jo Palmer, Tony Giovanazzo, Lila Lehrer, Linda Limpert, Barb Praisler, Judy Davanzo, Brad Grubb,Katie Palmer

Become a Member!

Membership dues schedule and policy:
Student/Senior $ 10.00
Individual $ 20.00
Senior Family $ 20.00
Family $ 25.00
Organizations $ 35.00
Patron $ 50.00
Corporate $100.00
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. Dues not paid by the end of the first quarter will terminate membership.

2019 Membership Form

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Medina County Schools


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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