Medina Ohio, located about an hour's drive south of Cleveland, is the county seat of Medina County. Founded in 1816, the area was once part of the Connecticut Western Reserve that included most of Northeast Ohio. Today, the city is home to around 26,000 residents, many of whom work in nearby Akron or Cleveland.
What is now Medina was first settled in 1811 by Joseph Harris and his family. A part of the Connecticut Western Reserve, the town was founded in 1816 and named "Mecca" the holy city of Mohammed. It was later changed to Medina, the city in Arabia where Mohammed is buried.
Medina is home to the A.I Root Company, founded in 1869, originally a beeswax manufacturer and now a purveyor of decorative candles.
According to the 2010 census, Medina is home to 26,678 residents. Approximately 93% are white and 3% are of African-American heritage. The majority of Medina residents (51.7%) are married and the median age is 36.4 years. The median household income is $50,226.
Medina has a number of interesting and unique shops around Public Square and along the streets leading from the square. Among these are:
- Brothers Antique Mall
- Medina Antique Mall
- This n That Antiques
- All Fired Up!
- Fleur European Boutique
- Gardener's Cottage
- Ashley Place
- Gramercy Gallery
- Root Candles
Among the many restaurants in Medina are:
- House of Hunan
- Main Street Cafe
- Marie's Cafe
- Medina Steakhouse and Saloon
- Yours Truly
- Cool Beans Cafe
Medina is home to a number of popular events including the Medina County Fair and the Art in the Square held each July; Xmas in the Colonies, held each November; and a variety of weekly summer farmers' markets.
The Medina City School District has a current enrollment of around 7,000 students. Facilities include seven elementary schools, two middle schools, and a high school.
Notable Medina residents, past and present, include racing driver Bobby Rahal, actor Ryan Dunn, and computer scientist Scott Fahlman (the inventor of the emoticon).
The City of Medina park system includes 11 parks. Facilities include soccer and baseball fields, basketball courts, a public swimming pool, sledding hills, miles of hiking and biking trails, several playgrounds, a dog park, tennis courts, and various picnic areas.
Hotels near Medina:
Those visiting Medina have a choice of hotels. Near the I-71/Route 18 interchange, you'll find a Hampton Inn (check rates) and a Holiday Inn Express (check rates). In town, there are several bed and breakfast inns, including the Victorian C.M. Spitzer B&B, located in the heart of Medina (check rates).