Medina County Historical Society
206 North Elmwood Street, Medina, Ohio 44256, Phone:330-722-1341
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ATTN: The meeting for November has been cancelled

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

Holiday Open Houses

Christmas at the John Smart House this holiday season will shine a light on women of Medina County who, along with all women, worked for their vote in the early 1900's. When you visit the museum you will find the decorations to be a little non-traditional.  Pastel colors were "fashionable", although red ran the show! The red honey-combed bell became very popular!  Short, fat Christmas trees , more like a bush, decorated with small toys, packaged treats like "animal crackers", glass bulbs and a lot of glittering garlands!  After the shock of WWI people craved the comfort of a more innocent time.  They found it in Charles Dickens writings. Popular motifs included carriages, lanterns, English ivy and elaborate fireplace mantles. Hearth and home will be emphasized.  Come and enjoy the season on Sunday November 17th or Sunday December 1st from 1pm - 4pm each day. 

Admission is FREE, donations are happily accepted!

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.No strollers please! 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.



Medina County Historical Society currently has 3 raffles going on!

Victorian Feast
The JSH will be hosting its annual Victorian Feast on January 18th 2020. Your winning ticket will include: An elegant five course dinner for four served with your choice of red or white wine. Tickets are $5 or four for $15. Drawing will be held at the beginning of December and you will be notified.
Grand Raffle

Be chauffeured  in a classic car to an afternoon ride on a vintage wooden boat around beautiful Chippewa Lake; followed by cocktails and candlelight at The Oaks.  Then off to a privately prepared chef's dinner at The John Smart House, just for you and yours.

Spend your evening exploring Medina Public Square and its enticements.  Then make your way to your accommodations at the Spitzer House B & B when you've enjoyed your day to the fullest!

Tickets are $20.00 each

Anastasia Raffle

 Our newest raffle is from a very generous member who has donated 4 tickets to the play "Anastasia" at The Connor Palace, February 12, 2020 @7:30pm. Along with the tickets we have added a designer purse, a statement piece - jeweled necklace and earring set and adult spirits and glasses, and more! This is over a $700 value! Tickets are $20 each and drawing will be held December 4th at the annual membership meeting.

Inspired by the beloved films, the romantic and adventure-filled new musical ANASTASIA is on a journey to Cleveland at last! From the Tony Award-winning creators of the Broadway classic Ragtime, this dazzling show transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past. Pursued by a ruthless Soviet officer determined to silence her, Anya enlists the aid of a dashing conman and a lovable ex-aristocrat. Together, they embark on an epic adventure to help her find home, love, and family.

How to purchase Raffle tickets

If you are interested in purchasing tickets for any of these raffles, they are available at the John Smart House Museum, 206 N. Elmwood, Medina, every Tuesday from 10am - 2pm, open houses on November 3rd, 17th & December 1st, at the Annual Christmas Tea on November 24th. or you can mail your money and contact info to MCHS, c/o Anastasia raffle. Victorian Feast raffle or Grand Raffle, 206 N. Elmwood, Medina, OH 44256. You can also call 330-722-1341 or email us to get tickets if these times do not work.

All raffles are fundraisers for Medina County Historical Society


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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 selling historical license plates that will benefit all local historical societies in the county. The new design should be available by the beginning of December 2019.  Once this plate is created, funds from the BMV 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
Open 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.

2020 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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