Considered the heart of Delaware County, Media’s history dates back to the late 18th century.
Media’s residents proudly refer to their community as Everybody’s Hometown. More than a tagline, it is a state of mind and a way of life. People are personable and welcoming. Attitudes are progressive. The result is a community and economy that are prospering.
Less than one square mile, Media has made the most of its relatively small space. Residential and commercial corridors complement each other and make it easy to enjoy all that Media has to offer.
People from all walks of life, religions, races, and ethnic backgrounds have made Media their home. They are drawn for its walkability, small-town feel, and welcoming nature.
Brick sidewalks and tree-lined streets lead from residential neighborhoods to the central shopping district and library. All are areas where the community regularly comes together to celebrate Media’s history, enjoy its present, and improve its future.
Media residents enjoy a diverse housing stock, ranging from classic single-family homes to modern condominiums and town homes.
Banks, boutiques, financial services, and fine restaurants all find Media a marvelous place to do business. Being the first Fair Trade Town in America, Media has a business community consciously deciding to use its collective buying power to improve the lives of others. From law offices to community groups, all types of organizations and businesses in the community are favoring Fair Trade products.
The community has also worked considerably to improve the operations of its businesses. The Borough of Media and the Media Business Authority, with the support of six local banks, offer low-interest loans to businesses with the goal of improving and preserving Media’s business district.
While many residents work in Media, some commute regularly to Philadelphia via train or trolley. Others regularly drive to nearby locations or work at one of the region’s many colleges. These colleges not only provide opportunities for employment, they also provide Media’s businesses with a well-educated workforce. More than half of Media’s adult residents have their college degrees.
Media has much to offer. Home to a vibrant and lively downtown, residents enjoy fine restaurants, unique shops, and a number of cultural, recreational, and entertainment options. Parks can be found throughout picturesque Media, including Barrall Park, Glen Providence Park, and Houtman Park, as well as nearby Rose Tree Park and Ridley Creek State Park.
When entertainment is in order, the Media Theater for the Performing Arts regularly hosts a number of performances, ranging from Broadway favorites to children’s theater.
Plum Street Mall is the perfect place to meet and greet and mix and mingle. A pedestrian mall off State Street, Plum Street is lined with shops and restaurants. It regularly hosts a number of outdoor concerts and festivals, including Second Saturdays and the Media Americana Roots Ramble.
Cultural opportunities are all over. Many of Media’s residents prefer meeting up at the library and enjoying one of its many educational programs. Additionally, the Media Arts Council hosts a variety of events throughout the year. The Delaware County Institute of Science is another favorite. It regularly hosts lectures and field trips focused on science and nature.
Other Media traditions include the annual Art Exhibition and Craft Fair, the State Street Blues Stroll, the Fair Trade Live Concert, the Great Media Garage Sale, the Food & Craft Festival, and a Jazz by Night Celebration.
Explore this Delaware County community that has so much to offer. You’ll love learning about authentic period homes starting with the historic Minshall House. Walk throughout Media and visit State Street, administration buildings, and a variety of other charming destinations.
Built over 250 years ago by a descendant of Thomas Minshall, the first settler of Media, Minshall House is believed to be the oldest house in Media. In May of 1975 Marion Lewis, deeded the house to the citizens of the Borough of Media in the name of her husband. It was restored and designated as a historical site and museum. The furniture and artifacts, donated by various sources, are of the period.
Constructed in 1914 as the Media High School, it was formerly the site of the county poor farm and the famous Shortlidge Academy for Boys. The former athletic field is a community park named for John K. Barrall, long time principal of the school.
The theatre opened in August 1927 with a screening of “The Jazz Singer” starring Al Jolson, the first motion picture with sound. Admission was 25 cents. The theatre served for nearly 75 years as a movie palace displaying the magic of motion picture to generations of Media residents. Today the theatre is home to the Society for the Performing Arts of the Media Theatre and the School of Theatre.
Built in 1908 as headquarters for the Cooper Rifles, a military unit which was organized in 1877. It later housed Company M, 111th Infantry, Pennsylvania National Guard which left Media as a body in 1917 to serve in the First World War. Media men also departed here for the Mexican expedition in 1916 and World War II. Located in the lower level of the Armory is the Pennsylvania Veterans Museum.
Typical block of Media row homes from 1880. They retain original brick walks and facades.
Built in 1899 in French Renaissance Revival architecture as the permanent home of the First National Bank of Media. The building is widely known for its distinctive Victorian design features. The great bronze doors at the front are original.
Originally constructed in 1850 as the Charter House, a famous temperance hotel and summer resort. Media Borough Council first met on a permanent basis in this building in 1851.
The original section was completed in 1851 with one courtroom. The structure was later expanded and altered in 1871, 1913 and 1929. Generally regarded as one of the handsomest court houses in the eastern United States, William Jennings Bryan once orated from the front steps.
Built in 1850 by Charles R. Williamson, a borough councilman and businessman, the house has been used as a residence, post office, grocery store and shoe factory during its history. The structure was restored as law offices in 1976.
The Historic District is a row of brick townhouses typical of Media during the pre-Civil War period about 1855. One of the last undisturbed blocks of old Media. Numbers 331-341 were built between 1855 and 1873. The first school house is located around the corner at 8 South Lemon Street. It was constructed in 1853 and used until 1860.
When George and Eleanor Butler donated the land for Glen Providence Park in 1935, it became Delaware County’s first park. The Butlers wished that the park be maintained in its natural state, and they dedicated the park as a Bird Sanctuary and Arboretum. Glen Providence is a 33 acre park nestled in a steep valley between Media Borough and Upper Providence.