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.
Weymouth Mural Restoration Project
In the summer of 1968, the owner of the Weymouth gas station, Zed Davis, paid Craig Staufer $200 to paint a mural of historic Weymouth on the wall behind the bar. Craig was only 16 but already well known for his artistic abilities. Craig talked to some of the older village residents and did lots of his own research to come up with how the village may have looked in 1856. Over the years time took its toll on the mural. The current owners, Rob and Marlene Shurell, (at left) looked for years to find someone to restore the mural. Janet Baran, new to Medina but a life-long professional artist with ties to Weymouth’s Lathrop Seymour, answered the call. Thanks to Rob, Marlene, Craig and Janet for bringing this beautiful and historic mural to life. Watch for an opening reception this summer.
New Discovery: Weymouth Abolitionists
This year, the WPS was awarded an Ohio Historic Marker for the Weymouth Church. It was built in 1835 as the First Congregational Society and served until 1920 when it became the Weymouth Community Church. Our 49-page application was also awarded a grant to cover the nearly $2500 cost. The church building is important because the facade, though sided, is a nearly original example of the Greek Revival architectural style. Also, it is the oldest church building in Medina County and one of the oldest in Ohio, and it had a strong presence in the anti-slavery movement. In 1848, the congregation drafted 14 resolutions against slavery that they expected the Northeast Ohio presbytery to adopt. When they were refused, they withdrew and joined the Oberlin presbytery. The most famous abolitionist of the day, William Lloyd Garrison spoke at the church in 1853.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ministers of the First Congregational Society of Weymouth 1835-1920
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 Frank Young was our well-loved doctor from 1870 to 1895. He served as a surgeon in the Civil War and had a “cabinet of curiositie,” a collection of interesting and rare animals, birds and minerals.
Game Night will resume in Fall, 2019
We’ll provide some board and card-based games to play, or bring your favorite to share with others. Be ready to try some new games! The event is free; coffee and water will be available for purchase. The facility, parking and restrooms are accessible. If you have any questions, contact your host Scott Benson at email@example.com
Spring Luncheon “The Art of Letter Writing”, Saturday, April 13 at Noon
We enjoyed luncheon donated by Jimmy Traynor’s West Side Market Café, followed by an engaging presentation on “The Fine Art of Letter Writing” by Carol Ann McCarthy of Hudson. Carol Ann’s presentation reminded us of the joys of sending and receiving a hand-written letter. Next year’s topic will be “Grandmother’s Kitchen”.
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, 6 years before any other county. We are creating an interactive timeline of efforts for special needs individuals in our county. Date to be announced. The museum is free and accessible with parking adjacent.
47th Annual Weymouth Day Lawn Sale Saturday September 21 from 9am
Community-Wide lawn sale in its 47th year. Stop at the historic Weymouth School 3314 Myers Road to see our current exhibit on Antique Bonnets, see local crafters at work and enjoy a root beer float. Boy Scouts will be selling mums, and sandwiches, desserts and drinks at lunchtime. Music, food vendors, fresh fruits and vegetables. Free outdoor booth spaces, so bring your tents and tables to sell your goods and crafts on the schoolhouse green. Rain or shine. Free parking at the school. Restrooms are accessible.
Fall Foliage Tour, Octover 12 & 13, 2019, Noon to 5pm
This year the WPS has been invited to take part in the county’s 51st annual Fall Foliage Tour. We’ll have kid’s vintage games, a hats and bonnets exhibit, root beer floats, a fresh vegetable market, self-guided tours of our historic cemetery, and other activities.
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.
Trick-or-Treating by hay wagon and hot chocolate to warm us up!
We welcome your participation in our events and activities. Please provide your email address or phone if you’d like to be on our mailing list.
- 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!
- President and Curator: Susan McKiernan
- Vice-President and Historian: Scott Benson
- Secretary: Denise Trudell
- Treasurer: Sue Symonds
- Trustee: Mary Doermann
- Trustee: Richard Clark
- Trustee: Janet Baran
- Trustee and docent: Lila Lehrer
Volunteers are always welcome!