July 31, 2014

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‘Twilight Stroll’ aims to educate visitors on Medina history

The fourth annual South Court Street “Twilight Stroll” historic home tour in Medina will feature eight restored homes, one apartment and a home that has yet to be restored.

“The tours have made South Court a recognizable, distinct neighborhood,” said Dave Edmonds, president of the South Court Historic Neighborhood Association, which sponsors the yearly event.

Visitors will have a chance to tour eight historic homes and one apartment in Medina€'s South Court Street neighborhood as part of the fourth annual "Twilight Stroll"€ home tour, this Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

“The previous three tours have brought more than 1,600 people into our homes to see the distinct architectural features and workmanship that makes this neighborhood so unique and such an important part of Medina’s history.”

Medina County Treasurer John Burke will perform as a Native American re-enactor, and former Medina County Prosecutor Roger Ingraham will play Medina Mayor Joseph Andrew, who built an 1879 home on the tour.

Medina Councilman Bill Lamb, at large, whose home is part of the tour, said Andrew served as president of Old Phoenix Bank, clerk of courts, Medina County prosecutor and mayor.

“When he died, all the businesses in town closed out of respect for this guy,” Lamb said.

New homes on the tour this year include an apartment in the Neumeyer building at the corner of South Court Street and West Smith Road, and a home purchased by ReNew Medina, a nonprofit that purchases, restores and re-sells homes with a goal of neighborhood revitalization.

“South Court Street’s neighborhood speaks to the early years of Medina’s development from a small village to a thriving farming community,” Lamb said. “The houses, built between 1830 and 1940, are a visible living history of that development.”

Musical entertainment will include gospel singers from Second Baptist Church and Medina High School student performers.

Tourgoers will see how historic homes have been preserved and retrofitted for the 21st century.

The tour is 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

Tickets cost $10 and can be purchased in advance at Miss Molly’s Tea Room, 104 W. Washington St.; the Medina County Convention and Visitors Bureau, 32 Public Square; and Cool Beans Cafe, 103 W. Liberty St.

The money goes toward South Court neighborhood improvements. For example, new signs designating certain homes as historic and flower urns have been placed along South Court Street by the association.

Self-guided tour programs and ID bracelets can be picked up at the Interurban Station in the parking lot on South Court Street, south of Public Square beginning 1 p.m. Saturday.

After 5 p.m., tour programs and ID bracelets will be available at 614 S. Court St. For more information, call (216) 313-9756 or (330) 421-5829.

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