What's In Store For Medina In 2018? 3

On November 30, 1818, the community of Medina was formed. The quaint Medina Township, which was originally named Mecca, was made the county seat that day when its Public Square area was deeded by Elijah Boardman to the county. To bring the era into perspective, the Great Hinckley Hunt would take place less than one month later. The hunt is an iconic piece of local lore, purporting that 600 locals from around the region— many of which were Veterans of the American Revolution and the War of 1812—gathered to hunt and cut down populations of wild animals. At the end of the hunt, the hunters had 17 wolves, 21 bears, 300 hundred deer, and many species of small game. Local legend insists that buzzards were attracted to the site that following spring, when scraps from the slaughter we’re exposed as snow melted. The buzzards continue to return to that same site in Hinckley each year, and they remain a symbol that is beloved by Northeast Ohioans. 

Within its first few years, Medina County’s population would remain just above 3,000. By 1830, that number would increase by 145 percent, thanks largely to the completion of the Ohio & Erie Canal. In 1832, The Constitutionalist, or the Medina County Gazette, as we know have known it since it merged with the Medina County Whig, was born. 

In 1841, the Old Courthouse was established in Medina. Just a few years later, in 1845, a quarter of the Square would be destroyed by a fire. By 1850, 24,441 persons called the county home. 

In 1869, Amos Ives Root founded the Root Candle Company to manufacture a groundbreaking beehive that would change modern beekeeping as we know it. The following year, Chippewa Lake would open to the public as a resort and Medina Square would burn once again, this time destroying 45 buildings. 

Our history here is incredible. Everywhere one looks is a reminder of what our town was once like, a little piece of history that would leave you enthralled if only walls could talk. 

Take for example that unusual drinking fountain monument in Medina Square. What could it possibly tell about our history? It began in 1874, when the riots of our local Women’s Temperance League led to Medina Village becoming “dry,” or prohibiting the sale of alcohol. Reverend Lathrop Cooley, a Cleveland resident in the winter and a Medina resident in the summer, was active in the temperance movement. After he passed in 1910, his wife donated the Lathrop Cooley Fountain to the community in the hopes that people would drink the water of the fountain in favor of alcohol. 

As you can tell, a lot can happen over the course of two centuries. Fortunately, though, our community has expanded around its points of interest, preserving and enhancing cultural sites like Medina Square. One of the district’s newest additions is the Bicentennial Commons Park, a charming pocket park with an extravagant on the corner of Court and Liberty Streets. 

The bicentennial is something you’ll hear a lot about it this year, so be ready! Medina is going to be in a state of celebration all year long as it approaches its 200th birthday, so you’re in for a treat if your resolution is to be more active in your community. Stay tuned for upcoming events that’ll put your community in the spotlight. Happy New Year!