Pythian Sisters

The Sophia Huntington Parker Home for Pythian Sisters was a provision in the will of Mrs. Parker herself, made for any group to build and maintain a home for elderly woman. Many believed the home was a converted mansion but it was constructed in 1914, solely for the purpose of providing a home. The Pythian Sisters of Ohio supported the non-profitable organization, where when a Pythian sister took up residence in the home, she would deed all her possessions to it. At the time there was a maximum capacity of thirty women and there was a staff of twelve to assist the women with maintenance. Mrs. Leone Walters was a licensed practical nurse there, and there was a physician on call at all times for the safety of the women. The home went through some changes over later years. It was remodeled in 1965, with the goal being that the home would act more like a rehabilitation center than a home for elderly women, and both men and women on Medicare and Medicaid would be accepted. However the home is no longer run by Pythian sisters and the last resident left in August of 2000. In 2008 after the Pythian Sisters owned the home for 94 years, it was auctioned off to a developer from Akron. Many were saddened by the loss of the home, being that it has been around for such a long time, but Laura Auble, president of the Sophia Huntington Parker-Pythian Sisters Home's board of director’s states that "You can't hold onto things forever when you're not getting any use out of them."

The building was built in 1914 by members of the Pythian Sisters organization. The Pythian Sisters became interested in building the old ladies home as soon as they found out the land was available, because they thought that the building would only benefit the city, so a large group of members of the Pythian Sisters organization came down from Cleveland to build the house. The building was dedicated as one of Medina's noteworthy institutions in June 1916, and it was a building known for a great atmosphere that always made you feel at home. Up until the house was sold in 2008, it was Medina's most historical and most memorable home for the elderly.

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"Image Courtesy of Lindsay Smith" Since the home was built in 1914, it has undergone many improvements. In 1930 a six-bed hospital annex was added, then in the winter of 1964 all new wiring was put in, and in the spring of 1965 the inside of the home was completely redecorated. This picture shows what the house currently looks like in 2013. The home is now owned by a man named Joel Stile, a developer from Akron. Stile's won this 24.3 acre property with a bid of 715,000 in a auction, after it had been owned by the Pythian Sisters for 94 years. Although Stile's was happy with the outcome, Laura Auble, president of the Sophia Huntington Parker-Pthian Sisters Home said "You can't hold onto things forever, when you're not getting any use out of them." View File Details Page

"Image Courtesy of Medina Photo Studio" Since the Pythian Sisters home has been around for so long, many rumors have been started about it. Between the building being an orphanage to an insane asylum, you never know what to believe. However the Pythian sisters home has never been any of those things. The Pythian Sisters home has always just been made for the elderly, to give them a safe place to live. These rumors might have started because the home was welcomed to anyone, including people with dementia and other kinds of sicknesses. None of the rumors were ever true though, the home was open to everyone because it was a safe place for the elderly to live. Being that there was a nurse there 24-7, it made a safe environment for everyone. View File Details Page

This newspaper article from 1965 gives a brief overview of future expectations of the home and a short history of the building. It explains how the home is scheduled to be remodeled on the interior soon. View File Details Page

Mrs. Sophia Huntington Parker Shown in the picture is Mrs. Sophia Huntington Parker. This was a portrait taken a few years before her death in 1903. Mrs. Parker made clear in her will the she wanted her farmland to become a home for old ladies. She gave Medina and the Pythian Sisters a chance to create a great assisted living home, that's exactly what happened. Image courtesy of Medina Historical Society and Eric Rapenchuk View File Details Page

Long Will This is the will of Mrs. Sophia Huntington Parker published in The Medina Sentinel in 1903. In her will, she states that she wants her land to be turned into a home for old ladies. She was always giving a helping hand in the community and the Pythian Sisters just wanted to carry on her legacy. Image courtesy of Medina County District Library Franklin Sylvester Room View File Details Page

The Early Years

The Early Years

These two pictures show the construction of the new home in 1914. The house was built by 50 members of the Ohio Pythian Sisters who came down from Cleveland to help erect this gorgeous home which is overlooking Mrs. Sophia Huntington Parker's land. Contrary to popular belief, the house is not a remodeled mansion. It was built solely for the purpose of providing a home for the elderly, and remains today as a landmark in Medina's community. Image courtesy of Medina County Historical Society View File Details Page

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Lindsay Smith, Eric Rapenchuk, “Pythian Sisters,” Discover Medina, accessed June 23, 2017, http://discovermedina.org/items/show/114.

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