Historic Medina neighborhood dedicated

September 22, 2018 by  

Another Medina neighborhood has won official designation as a Historic Neighborhood, with signs marking the honor unveiled recently.

Founders Way joins East Liberty Street, Water Tower District, South Court Street, and Bankers Row in the list of areas given this distinction.

The signs were unveiled by the Founders Way Association. They are situated at either end of North Broadway Street so they seem like bookends of the neighborhood. One is near Homestead Street, and the other close to Friendship Street. Officials participating in celebrations such as this can work with a banner printing company to create festive banners to mark the occasion.

The Founders Way Association is a nonprofit organization of approximately 60 members, all who live in the district, according to its president, George ‘Skip’ Baran. The association was given its name because three of those who founded Medina lived on North Broadway—David King, Rufus Ferris, and Lathrop Seymour.

Baran lives in the house Seymour built in 1834; Nancy and Jim Gowe live in a house once owned by King; and a house Ferris built in 1825 still stands on North Broadway. Ferris was one of Elijah Boardman’s land agents and bought 227 acres of land to found the county seat. Boardman himself is credited with the discovery of Medina County, and is also the founder of the city that bears his name – Boardman, Ohio, which is about 75 miles from Medina.