he Weymouth Preservation Society is dedicated to preserving the history and enhancing the beauty of our historic Western Reserve village. We have restored the historic 1925 Weymouth School into a museum with exhibits of local history. We are open the second Sunday of every month from 2-4 or by appointment.
We discovered that the New York Public Library has several letters written from Weymouth between 1817 and 1824. One historian went to New York to read them. They are packed with information about delivering a baby in the wilderness, Indians peaking in the cracks between the logs in their “huts”, the formation of the county, and the start of route 3 “from Cleaveland through our village to Wooster and on to Columbus”. We have transcribed them for our records.
Historic Weymouth Cemetery Open Daily Dawn to Dusk
The cemetery, located on Remsen Road across from the WPS, has 277 historic graves. There is a self-guiding brochure at the entrance. Free parking at the school. The graves include soldiers from the War of 1812, the township’s first schoolteacher Eliza Northrop, and other interesting people. The gravestones were cleaned and restored by the WPS and the township trustees in 2014.
Where Exactly Is Weymouth?
A question that we hear often! The original area of Weymouth was the entire township, into what is now Medina City, and into Granger, Brunswick and Hinckley Townships. Weymouth had the only post office, “high school” (to 8th grade), stores, and churches in that entire area. People got their mail addressed as “Weymouth, Granger Township, Medina county, Ohio”. Other small neighborhoods in the Township were Hamilton’s Corners (one-room schoolhouse and cemetery), Fenn’s Corners (schoolhouse), Windfall (schoolhouse and cemetery), Bagdad, Northropville (schoolhouse and private family cemetery), and Medina Center (schoolhouse, cemetery and township hall). Weymouth had a post office from the 1820s to 1906.
Historic House Plaques
As part of Weymouth’s Bicentennial observation in 2017, the WPS offers plaques for houses in the historic greater Weymouth area. They are 9” x 15”, solid aluminum, with our pinecone logo. The plaques cost $90 each ($80 for members), but the WPS will underwrite half the cost for buildings over 100 years old. The plaque will show the date of the building and its original owner, which we will research for you. If you would like to order one, Please contact Scott Benson at email@example.com
Van Deusen Diaries
Follow this link below to the diaries of Newman L. Van Deusen (1847-1930) that span 67 years of his life! Van Deusen lived in nearby Hinckley, Ohio, and wrote in his diary every day from 1863 to 1929. These notes were transcribed from over 24,000 pages in the original journals, now housed at the Hinckley Historical Society. His writings are valuable in understanding the incredible changes that took place during his lifetime, right in our own local area.
Weymouth School Teachers
The township’s first school was a log church built on Match 11, 1817. Eliza Northrop was the first teacher. Other Weymouth one-room schoolhouses were built in 1829 and 1840. In 1872 the Weymouth Sons of Temperance Hall was purchased by the school and a “high school” (to 8th grade) was added. In 1925 the village residents built a two-classroom brick school designed by noted Cleveland architect Paul Tressler Cahill. That school served until 1956. Of five schoolhouses from 1817-1956, four still stand. Follow this link to information about the teachers.
Weymouth Doctors 1829-1937
Here is a link to doctors who practiced in Weymouth from 1829 to 1937. Their biographies show the interesting careers that the doctors had in Weymouth and beyond. Dr John J McAlmont pictured below was mayor of Little Rock, Arkansas and was a founder of the medical college there. Dr Jesse Wilson and his wife founded a town for escaping slaves in 1842 and named it Selma, Ohio.
Medina County Driving Tour
The WPS and the Medina County Visitors’ Bureau have written a self-guided driving tour of Medina township. Follow this link: www.visitmedinacounty.
- President and Curator: Susan McKiernan
- Vice-President and Historian: Scott Benson
- Secretary: Denise Trudell
- Treasurer: Carole Feron
- Fundraising and PR: Susan Robertson
- Trustee: Mary Doermann
- Trustee: Richard Clark
Spring Luncheon “Victorian Mourning: A Celebration of Life”, Sunday, April 15 at 11:15am
Visit a parlor at the Gingerbread House dressed for a Victorian funeral. At noon, enjoy luncheon donated by Jimmy Traynor’s West Side Market Café, followed by a presentation on Victorian mourning customs and etiquette by Laura Loew. Please send $30 ($26 for members) to the WPS; include your email or phone. Parking and restrooms are accessible. Seating is limited!
Dandelion Drive Sunday, May 20 from 11am-5pm
This year, the WPS will take part in Medina County’s Dandelion Drive. Stop and see our museum exhibit, a display on our house plaqueing program, and root beer floats will be for sale. Event, parking and restrooms are accessible.
Future Exhibit: Care For Special Needs in Medina County
The home of the Weymouth Preservation Society, Weymouth School built in 1925, closed in 1956 and became the home of St. Nicholas School, created by the families and friends of special needs children, as commemorated by our Ohio Historic Marker. In 1961, Medina County became the first in the state to support the school with a tax levy. The next year they added a new building. Ohio didn’t require such schooling until 1967. Come and see an exhibit of the way that Medina County has served these needs over the past 66 years. Date to be announced. The museum is free and accessible with parking adjacent.
Community Potluck Saturday July 14 from 6pm
Our seventh annual potluck and meeting is open to everyone whose heart is in Weymouth! Please bring a dish to share. The WPS will provide table settings, drinks and birthday cake in honor of the township’s organization in 1818.
46th Annual Weymouth Day Lawn Sale Saturday September 15 from 9am
Community-wide lawn and garage sale in its 46th year. Stop at the historic Weymouth School 3314 Myers road to see our current exhibit and enjoy a root beer float. Boy Scouts will be selling mums, and sandwiches, desserts and drinks at lunchtime. Free outdoor booth spaces, so bring your tents and tables to sell your goods and crafts on the school lawn. Rain or shine. Free parking at the school. Restrooms are accessible.
1972’s Weymouth Day Celebration at 3344 Old Weymouth Rd.
Celebrating Our Township Veterans Sunday November 4 from 1pm-5pm
All Medina Township veterans are invited to come share their stories, experiences and photos. Volunteers will be on hand to tape your memories and scan your photos. This event, parking and restrooms are free and accessible.
Ralph Worden of Weymouth in World War I uniform 1919. Ralph was born in Weymouth in 1894. He had the first radio set in the county in 1910. He served in the 12th radio signal corps from July 8, 1916 to May 23, 1919. He was the first news broadcaster in Cleveland 1923-1942.
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- Single – $10
- Family – $20
- Contributor – $50
- Sponsor – $100
- Any amount welcome!
If you have any photographs, artifacts or information to share, your items would be welcome as tax-deductible donations or loans. We’ll take good care of them!