Medina Reflects American History

Tour curated by: Discover Medina Team

This tour reflects the ways in which major chapters in American History are reflected through events and individuals residing in Medina.

Locations for Tour

During the late 1700's our first president of the United States, George Washington was serving his final terms. Also at this time, George signed the Treaty of Greenville, this ended the Northwest Indian War in the Ohio Country and limited…

It is the late 1700s, and Native American tribes are still very much present in the midwest. The British are also still unhappy with America’s status as an independant nation and in the War of 1812 they will challenge that status once again. And…

With expansionism starting in the early 1800’s, America became a nation of pioneering and exploration. Ohio developed into a newly sought out place that needed its land surveyed and divided into separate districts due to westward expansion. Being…

Main Street Cafe… unbenounced to most of those who walk the hallowed ground, the restaurant has been haunted by lost and murdered souls, and with a haunting comes a history. In the 1830s, President Andrew Jackson led the United States through…

Imagine escaping slavery with two young children and not knowing where to go for safety. Crossing the Ohio River in Cincinnati did not guarantee safety, but finding a whole stretch of safe houses did. As a slave, you would move before the sun rose,…

The Civil War, the most vicious war fought on American soil, devastated our country, and brought new freedoms that united the nation stronger than ever. Many people all over the states were drafted and fought for the Union. Lorenzo Vanderhoef…

Walking through Medina's streets gives the feeling of being taken back in time with the town square, shops, and the small town feeling. The building that catches everyone's eye is the bright red firehouse. At one time, before 1878, Medina…

The drinking fountain on the town square in Medina, Ohio is more than just a momento to a bygone era, but a long lasting reminder of an everlasting movement. It bears the name of one Reverend Lathrop Cooley, preacher in Cleveland and summer resident…

Elsie Bennett Wilson was born in Medina in 1890. Mrs. Wilson was a huge activist for woman's rights. She believed in equality for all. She played a huge role in our library system. However was never actually a librarian at the Medina County…

Sidney M. Fenn, born in 1892 came from a long line of ancestry starting somewhere around the early 1500’s with Johannes Fenn. In a later generation Edward Fenn would immigrate to the colonies in the late 1600’s sparking more generations to come.…

Sidney Meager is one of the guys you never really hear about. Sidney Meager was apart of the 276th Armored Field Artillery Duty. He was what was called the "Forward Observer" at the time. Sidney's duty was to go beyond allied lines…

In the light of President Nixon's decision to send American troops to Cambodia in 1970, Kent State ignited student- led protests that lasted for days. What started as a peaceful rally in the commons eventually turned into a violent protest with…

The Gulf War began in 1990 in response to Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait, becoming a concern because they are a major oil supplier to the United States. The invasion also posed a threat of taking over the neighboring nation of Saudi Arabia, another…