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Medina in Medina County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

First Congregational Church of Medina

 
 
First Congregational Church of Medina Marker, side one image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 7, 2020
1. First Congregational Church of Medina Marker, side one
Inscription.  
In February 1819, seven individuals met in Isaac Barnes’ home to form a Congregational Church and entered into covenant. Reverend William Hanford of the Connecticut Missionary Society provided guidance and charged the new congregation to “walk worthy of their high vocation.” Prominent members led the way. In 1832, charter member Nira B. Northrup led the Wadsworth Presbytery in releasing Reverend John Shipherd from pastoral duties to help found what would become Oberlin College. Harrison Gray (H.G.) Blake was committed abolitionist who, as a state senator, helped repeal the Ohio Black Laws and who was a principal “station master” on the Underground Railroad.

Blake, who held other elected offices, originated the idea of the U.S. Postal Service’s money-order system while a U.S. Representative. Another member, Amos Ives (A.I.) Root. helped to standardize beekeeping equipment, which popularized efficient methods of harvesting honey without destroying the hive. Root also wrote many publications on beekeeping and published eyewitness accounts of the Wright Brothers’ flights. The congregation
First Congregational Church of Medina Marker, side two image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 7, 2020
2. First Congregational Church of Medina Marker, side two
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dedicated a brick church at the northeast corner of Medina’s square in April 1837. The current sanctuary (as of 2019) replaced that building in 1882.
 
Erected 2019 by William G Pomeroy Foundation; United Church of Christ, Congregational; and The Ohio History Connection. (Marker Number 12-52.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & SpaceChurches & ReligionCommunications. A significant historical month for this entry is February 1819.
 
Location. 41° 8.355′ N, 81° 51.738′ W. Marker is in Medina, Ohio, in Medina County. Marker is at the intersection of East Liberty Street (Ohio Route 3) and Public Square (North Broadway Street) (U.S. 42), on the right when traveling west on East Liberty Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 217 E Liberty St, Medina OH 44256, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Elm Farm Dairy (approx. 2.2 miles away); Weymouth School (approx. 4.7 miles away); Historic Underground Railroad Station (approx. 6.1 miles away); Heritage Farm (approx. 6.1 miles away); Brunswick United Methodist Church (approx. 6.9 miles away); Liverpool Township / Liverpool and Valley City
First Congregational Church of Medina Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 7, 2020
3. First Congregational Church of Medina Marker
(approx. 7.6 miles away); Birth of Skypark (approx. 8½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Medina.
 
United Church of Christ, Congregational in Medina, Ohio image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 7, 2020
4. United Church of Christ, Congregational in Medina, Ohio
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 14, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 14, 2020, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 53 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 14, 2020, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.

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