Historian creates series of walking tours around Medina

Posted 6 May 2020 at 9:14 am

Community encouraged to do neighborhood tours on their own

Press Release, Village of Medina Historian Todd Bensley

Provided photo by Jada Burgess: T.J. Burgess with his dog enjoy Tour 1 that starts at Gwinn Street Park.

MEDINA – As we continue our efforts to socially distance, yet feel the need to get outside and exercise, Village of Medina Historian Todd Bensley created a series of walking tours highlighting various neighborhoods in the village. Each tour is under one mile.

The idea was spurred by the rediscovery in his archives of a driving tour that was printed in The Journal-Register in 1972.

“Over the years Frank Berger would copy articles of historical interest and distribute it to members of the Medina Historical Society,” Bensley said, “and this one caught my attention recently as I was looking for projects to occupy my time in the evenings, since we are limited in what we can do.”

At this point three tours, and the original driving tour, are posted on the Village of Medina website. You can find them by scrolling down to the Community Events icon. There are clickable links to pdf files that you can download or print. According to Bensley, there are more tours in the works. When they are completed, they will be posted to the village website.

Jada Burgess and her son T.J. completed Tour 1 and she stated, “I think our favorite part of the tour was the statue at the YMCA. We spent a lot of time reading the names of those that served…. It really is something remarkable to have on display and I am glad T.J. was able to see it.”

Bensley added, “For those who are unable to get out and do the walks, there are a couple of options. You can drive the route or even use Google Street View to take a virtual tour.”

For those unfamiliar with Google Street View, Bensley included a link at the top of each tour that explains how to use it.

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