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Medina Village

Medina Village Hall is located at 119 Park Avenue, Medina NY 14103; phone: 585-798-1790. The village was incorporated in 1832.

Beginnings [1]

Medina owes its birth to the building of the Erie Canal. The first houses were unsubstantial structures built for laborers on the canal. In 1824 Sylvanus Coan opened a small store, and others soon followed. The village began on the bank of the canal, east from Shelby Street, and north from Center Street. This was the point where passengers disembarked from boats and landed their goods, where merchandise was received and where the surplus produce of the region was shipped.

In 1824 Ebenezer Mix was employed by Mr. Ellicott to survey and lay out a village here. He commenced this survey that year and completed it later. Some of the principal streets were laid out and named as early as 1826. It is said that he gave the place its name, probably because of its euphony; but the story was told that the name was suggested by his saying to a woman who was frightened at his sudden appearance in the hotel: "It's me, Dinah!"

Uri D. Moore opened the first hotel in 1824. Artemas Allen, the first mason to settle here, came in 1822. John Ryan, mason, came in 1825; Simeon Downs, blacksmith, in 1825; Dr. Rumsey, the first regular physician, in 1827; Dr. Lathrop, soon afterward. The first attorney was Nathan Sawyer; the first carpenter was Samuel F. Gear; the first iron founder was Simeon Bathgate.

A post office was established in 1829, with Justus Ingersoll as the first postmaster.

  1. Signor, Hon. Isaac S., editor, Landmarks of Orleans County New York, D. Mason & Company publishers, Syracuse, 1894
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