September 22, 2014

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Weymouth Preservation Society opens first exhibit

MEDINA TWP. — The Weymouth Preservation Society has opened its first exhibit: A three-room schoolhouse where students were taught until 1956.

Society president Susan McKiernan, a 27-year resident of Medina Township, has overseen restoration of the former Weymouth School, at 3334 Myers Road.

Susan McKiernan, president of the Weymouth Preservation Society, stands next to a display case for the society’s first exhibit. Behind her is an 1857 map of Medina County. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY KIERA MANION-FISCHER)

“It is truly a community project,” McKiernan said. “Although we’re only a year old, we raised over $11,000, we worked daily for over four months to restore the school, and we have received hundreds of photographs, documents and items.”

The group has repainted, sanded the floors and restored the cupola on the roof of the building.

“It really needed a lot of work,” McKiernan said.

The exhibit includes items and photos from the former schoolhouse and displays of antique toys from McKiernan’s collection. The building was a schoolhouse for grades one through eight from 1925 to 1956.

The Weymouth Preservation Society formed in November 2011 to preserve the history of the former village of Weymouth, now a small unincorporated area within Medina Township.

McKiernan said she is fascinated by the area’s history. She pointed to several houses across the street from the schoolhouse.

“A guy from that house went to the Civil War,” she said. “Behind that house was the town dump. That house was moved seven times.”

McKiernan said the group’s next exhibit will be “The Township at War,” with artifacts from different wars.

Medina Township will be storing records dating back to 1818 at the schoolhouse.

Some of the society’s future projects will include placing signs at the entrances to Weymouth, cleaning cemetery stones and possibly building a covered bridge.

The group also does an annual plant sale, potluck and holiday open house.

Medina Township purchased the 5.5-acre property from the county for $80,000. Now known as the Weymouth Community Center, the complex of buildings, which includes the schoolhouse, the former Medina County public transit building and a gymnasium, is home to the Medina Soccer Association and some vocational programs for Medina Creative Housing.

The Medina Township police department also is planning a move to the complex.

The Weymouth Preservation Society will be open to the public 2 to 4 p.m. the second Sunday of each month as well as by appointment. For more information, visit the website at www.weymouthpreservationsociety.com or call McKiernan at (330) 725-2106.

Contact reporter Kiera Manion-Fischer at (330) 721-4049 or kfischer@medina-gazette.com.