November 25, 2014

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Old schoolhouse is site of museum to Weymouth Village

A local historical group is trying to keep the memories of Weymouth Village alive.

The Old Weymouth School, 3314 Myers Road in Medina Township, was absorbed into the Medina School District in 1956, and classes have not been taught there for many years, but it still serves as a reminder of the village community that founded in 1817.

Weymouth Preservation Society volunteer Arlene Smee stands with her dog, Clyde, next to an old Weymouth baseball team jersey. The jersey was worn about 1950. It’s on display with many other artifacts at the Old Weymouth School and museum, 3314 Myers Road. (DAN POMPILI / GAZETTE)

Weymouth Preservation Society volunteer Arlene Smee stands with her dog, Clyde, next to an old Weymouth baseball team jersey. The jersey was worn about 1950. It’s on display with many other artifacts at the Old Weymouth School and museum, 3314 Myers Road. (DAN POMPILI / GAZETTE)

The Weymouth Preservation Society was formed in January 2012. Six months later, Medina Township trustees gave the group use of the school house that sits across from the village’s two original school buildings.

“They said we could have it, but in exchange we had to hold community events here and house and display historical relics,” said group president Susan McKiernan.

The group has done just that and plans to restore the building.

Last week, the ceiling was re-plastered after a drop ceiling about three feet below was removed. The project cost about $3,100, which McKiernan said was done through donations.

Township trustees paid to rewire the building after the society spent about $800 on new lighting fixtures.

The company that made the original windows — New York-based Hope’s Steel Windows and Doors — is still in business and still makes the same windows.

McKiernan said workers recently came to restore the windows in the northern classroom and central community room, on the east and north sides of the building.

“I called them and they immediately sent me a picture from their catalogue of those exact windows,” she said.

McKiernan said Sherwin-Williams donated the paint that will be applied to the windows this week.

She said they plan to eventually replace the newer vinyl windows on the south-side with original steel ones.

For their efforts, the Weymouth Preservation Society recently won an award from the Cleveland Restoration Society. The group was the only one outside Cuyahoga County to be recognized, McKiernan said.

While the restoration progresses, residents can stop in and see artifacts from Weymouth and Medina Township’s past.

For the moment, displays are limited to the old community room where the school held plays and other events. But visitors can see things like an old baseball jersey from the Weymouth local team sponsored by Becker Brothers, or learn the history of every teacher who taught at the school until its closure.

Also on display are items chronicling the history of the old Weymouth Church and minutes logs from trustee boards.

The group has gathered a fair amount of county history as well, including 46 years worth of editions of The Gazette, which was founded in 1832. The newspapers were donated by the Western Reserve Historical Society.

“I’ve read every one of them, looking for details about Weymouth Village,” McKiernan said. “When we’re not hosting an event or restoring part of the building, we’re researching.”

When the building is returned to its full splendor, McKiernan said there will be displays in both rooms, including a full recreation of the old fifth- through eighth-grade classroom, including the bell the teacher rang to bring students back from recess.

Contact reporter Dan Pompili at (330) 721-4012 or dpompili@medina-gazette.com.