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

Organized in 1922, the Medina County Historical Society is celebrating its 96th 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 Historic Homes Committee, 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

Gift Corner

2018 Events
Yearly Calendar of events

Walk with Spirits of the Past: Medina County Administration Building 144 N. Broadway St. Medina, OH 44256.

Walking tours last about an hour.
Adults: $6.00 Children $3.00
September 6, 2018 7:00 p.m. 8:30 p.m.

September 7 & 8, 2018 7:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m.

October 31, Halloween Trick or Treat at the John Smart Museum from 6-8 p.m.

November 17th John Smart House Singers at Candlelight Walk 3:30-5 p.m.

Holiday Open House November 25th & December 2nd 1 -4 p.m.

October 20th Titanic Luncheon

December 8th - Holiday Tea

Membership Meetings

Help to share our history. A time capsule is being created. Please drop off something uniquely Medina to include in the All Medina County time capsule. Items can be dropped off at the Museum any Tuesday from 10:00-2:00.

September10, 2018 Tom Hilberg will be telling us the story of the "Giants Of Seville". Accompanying him will be the wives of Captain Bates. Annette Bates and Anna Bates will be played by Betty Wright and Betty Martins.

October 8, 2018 George Reese will portray Oliver Rockwell in his presentation "Oliver Rockwell...Here"

The September and October programs will be held at A.I. Root "The Bee Culture Community Center" at 623 West Liberty Street in Medina, Ohio. The programs will start at 7:00 P.M. All meetings Open to Public!

Titanic Luncheon

Lunch will be patterned after a menu for dinner from the Titanic's first class dinner seating.

Lunch will consist of:
Cream of Barley soup
Chicken Lyonnaise
Creamed carrots
Turnip puree
Roll / butter
Chocolate Eclair

Wine will be available for purchase.

Please arrive at the Medina Country Club 5588 Wedgewood Road by 12:30PM as Luncheon will be served at 1:00PM.

Make your reservations by sending a check for $35.00 made out to The Medina County Historical Society (206 North Elmwood St. Medina, Ohio 44256) by October 10, 2018. Please include your email for confirmation.

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


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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Colonial Williamsburg Raffle & Victorian Feast Raffle!!!

Tickets are available NOW for our 2 raffles! Enjoy a Victorian Feast! Three winners will receive dinner for 4 at the John Smart House and a tour of the museum. Tickets are $5 each or 4 for $15. Dinner is December 1, 2018.

Enjoy a 2 night stay in Historic Colonial Williamsburg! Winner receives a 2 night stay at the Woodlands Hotel & Suites, 2 length of stay tickets to Colonial Williamsburg, credit for dinner at one of the Taverns in colonial Williamsburg and more! Tickets $20 each

Tickets are available at the John Smart House Museum. We are open Tuesdays 10 a.m. -2 p.m. and the first Sunday of the month 1p.m. - 4p.m. Or call us at 330-722-1341, email Good Luck!!!!

Officers and Board Members

Brian Feron President
Mary Jane Brewer Vice-President
Laurel Glaze Secretary
Carole Feron Treasurer
Laurel Glaze Administrative Assoc.

Board Members
Mary Jo Palmer, Tony Giovanazzo, Lila Lehrer, Linda Limpert, Richard Clark, Barb Praisler, Judy Davanzo, Farrell McHugh

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.

2018 Membership Form

Links to other Historical Societies

Other Societies

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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