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 from March through December from 2-4 or by appointment!

 

 

Local History

Local History 

We have accessioned over 1000 items and photographs relating to our history. Your donations are welcome and will be well documented and cared for.  This “walking” spinning wheel was owned by the Blakslee family, pioneers to Weymouth in 1817.

 Lost Medina Places

Take a look in this document to see if you now live in a “Lost” Medina Place.

LOST MEDINA TOWNS

 

 

Cook Road Bridges

Have you ever driven over the Rocky River on Cook Road?  We now have a brief history of the bridges from Cook Road.  Check it out!

THE COOK ROAD BRIDGES

Weymouth Restoration

Weymouth Mural Restoration

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.   The Methodist Episcopal Church (1845-1906) above Marlene’s head was totally missing.

 

Weymouth Church Restoration

The current WPS project is to support the restoration of the historic Weymouth Church, sponsored by Susan McKiernan. It is the oldest church in the county, built in 1835. We have restored the cupola and front doors, and had sixteen 11’ cedar shutters built and installed

 

New Discoveries

Medina Township Police  Uniform

The Medina Township Police Department has donated the uniform of the first Chief of Police, Ken Turk who served from 1978 to 1995. In 1977, a trustee approached Turk, who was a county Sheriff’s Deputy at the time, about starting a police department to increase officer availability for residents and road coverage. Officers worked on a volunteer basis and eventually became full time and fully paid.  Now, 10 full time officers are employed, plus the Chief of Police. The uniform is on display at the WPS Museum.

 

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 $3500 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.

Where Exactly is Weymouth?

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.

Van Deusen Diaries

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.

Van Deusen Diaries 1847-1930

Weymouth School Teachers

Weymouth School Teachers

The township’s first school was a log church built on March 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 School Teachers 1817-1956

Weymouth Doctors

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.

Doctors of Weymouth 1826 to 1937

Early Aviation in Medina

Early Aviation in Medina

Take a trip back in time and see how Medina played an important role in early aviation.

Early Flight in Medina

2022 Events & Activities  

The Art of Quilts and Coverlets

The Art of Quilts and Coverlets: March 26, 2022

As a part of its celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Medina County Historical Society, the society will take the lid off of 200+ years of the “Art of Quilts and Coverlets.”  On March 26, 2022 the society will sponsor a Quilt Show at the Weymouth Preservation Society’s Museum.  From noon until 4 pm the show will display multiple quilts and coverlets from the society’s collection and several private collections. A donation of $5.00 is requested, and masks will be required.

Adopt-a-Road

Weymouth Adopt-a-Road: April 22, 2022

On April 22, 2022, all are invited to help clean up the roads in Weymouth.  Last year, volunteers collected 15-20 bags of rubbish from Remsen, Old Weymouth, Frantz, Myers, Cook and Tompkins Roads.  Our Township service department collected the bags.  More information will be posted when plans are finalized.

Annual Plant Fair

Annual Plant Fair: May 14, 2022

The 2022 WPS Plant Fair is planned for May 14, 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Weymouth School, 3314 Myers Road. Annuals, perennials, hanging baskets, vegetables, herbs and gardening books/items will be available

Historic Weymouth Cemetery

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.

Community Potluck Dinner, July 30, 2022

Community Potluck Dinner, July 30, 2022

Everyone whose heart is in the greater Weymouth community is welcome to come and visit with friends and neighbors. We will provide plates, silverware, tables, coffee, tea and water. BYO beer or wine. Please bring an entrée, side dish, salad or dessert to share.

Exhibits

Our 2022 exhibit will feature historic Weymouth photos and artifacts showcasing the church, schools, stores, cemetery, and Becker’s gas station.

The Museum is open the second Sunday of each month from March through December from 2pm-4pm or by appointment.  

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.

Annual Weymouth Day Lawn Sale September 17, 2022

Annual Weymouth Day Lawn Sale Saturday September 17, 2022  

The Weymouth community-wide lawn sale is in its 50th year. The WPS will be open. Check out our museum, learn from historic displays, play vintage children’s outdoor games, and enjoy a root beer float! Lawn sales at the school, as well as at local residences

Annual Luncheon December 10, 2022

 Holiday Luncheon “Perils of Petticoats”:  December 10, 2022, 12pm-2pm

The Holiday Luncheon will be back in 2022, following a wonderful event last December.  The presentation topic will be “Perils of Petticoats” women’s fashion of the Civil War era.  Tickets are $30 ($26 for WPS members). With your check to the WPS, please add your phone or email and with whom you would like to be seated.

Little Free Library

Little Free Library

“Take a book, leave a book”. Stop by our Little Free Library at the school. Grab a book and “read, rest, reflect and relax” on the bench.

 

Halloween Fun

Halloween Fun

Trick-or-Treating by hay wagon and hot chocolate to warm us up!

Historic House Plaques

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 weymouthpreservation@gmail.com

Weymouth, Ohio tee shirts are available from Child sizes to XXL Adult sizes for $10.

WPS Newsletter

Weymouth Preservation Society Newsletter

Please join the WPS!

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.

Membership levels:

  • 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!

WPS

WPS Leadership

  • President: Scott Benson
  • Historian and Curator: Susan McKiernan
  • Secretary: Judy Sutherland
  • Trustee: Janet Baran
  • Trustee: Richard Clark
  • Trustee: Lila Lehrer
  • Trustee: Nancy Scholz

Volunteers are always welcome!