Welcome to our new website! Watch this space for the latest information regarding events, tours, open houses, hours of operation, research opportunities, updates on our two properties — and more.
Visit our Two Historic Properties
The Medina County Historical Society owns two historic properties in the city of Medina — The John Smart House and McDowell-Phillips House. Hours of operation may be found on the pages for each house museum. Researchers are welcome 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 Museum. Thank you for your support!
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.
Holiday Open Houses!
The McDowell-Phillips House Museum and John Smart House Museum will be decorated for the holidays! Come out and take a tour!
We hope to see you at the museums! Please see the calendar for dates and times.
Ginger Bread House Contest
The John Smart House will have the Gingerbread House Contest entries on display and you can vote for your favorite!! We hope to see you at the museums! See calendar for details.
MCHS IN BRIEF
Established in 1922, over the last 101 years, the Medina County Historical Society has amassed historic documents, artifacts, oral histories and photos describing the life and people of Medina County.
P L E A S E N O T E
The Medina County Historical Society John Smart House Museum will be open from 10am - 1pm on the 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of the month.
As we are an all-volunteer organization, please call ahead to make sure someone will be available. We will also schedule by appointment. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call 330-722-1341 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Originally, several Native American tribes inhabited northeastern Ohio. Once Europeans arrived, the land that became Medina County was colonized by the French as part of the colony of Canada (New France) which was then ceded to Great Britain in 1763 and renamed the Province of Quebec. In the late 18th century the land became part of the Connecticut Western Reserve, then was purchased by the Connecticut Land Company in 1795.
Medina County was formed in 1812 and later organized in 1818. It is named for the ancient city of Medina in Saudi Arabia.
SHOW YOUR SUPPORT!
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 in person or online.
$15 contribution + $10 BMV = $25/yr. in addition to your standard tag renewal fee.