Media, Pennsylvania – Where Old Town Charm and Modern Technology Meet
Media, also known by the nickname Everybody’s Hometown, is Delaware County’s county seat. The borough itself is quite small at only eight-tenths of a square mile, and the population is below 7,000. The historic hometown charm is evident with a simple drive through the uncrowded streets. Life in Media is generally easy-going with a very low crime rate.
I’ve put together a list of local places in and around Media, Pennsylvania that every resident and visitor should take into account. Many of our most prominent buildings are also some of our oldest. Meticulous restoration processes throughout the decades have ensured that the old buildings still look and operate as well as they did when they were originally built.
Facts about Media, PA
- It was incorporated and named the Delaware County Seat in 1850.
- The Delaware County Institute of Science was founded here in 1833.
- It is one of the smallest boroughs at only 0.8 square mile.
- Media shares the 19063 ZIP code with the following areas due to its small size: Upper Providence Township, parts of Nether Providence Township including South Media, Bowling Green, Pine Ridge, and Ridgewood. Most of Middletown Township including Elwyn, Bortondale, Riddlewood, Lima, Glen Riddle, and Lenni, and parts of Marple Township.
Culture and Entertainment
The Media Theater for the Performing Arts is one of the older buildings in the area. It was built in 1927 as a vaudeville house hosting frequent live performances. It was refurbished in 1994 and reopened as a professional live music theater where popular shows such as The Full Monty, and Miss Saigon were performed. Judy Kaye and David Miller, both Tony Award winning performers, have performed in the Media Theater for the Performing Arts.
Old Rose Tree Tavern was built in 1809 and situated in the Upper Province Township. The large, two-and-one-half-story fieldstone building received an addition in 1836, and was fully renovated in 2011. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971. It is now home to the Brandywine Conference and Visitors Bureau.
The John J. Tyler Arboretum was established in 1825 when brothers Jacob and Minshall Painter systematically planted more than 1,000 varieties of trees and shrubs in a specific area of the property. A few of the original specimens are still alive today including a giant sequoia that is nearly 97 feet tall with a spread of more than 36 feet.
Some of the important landmarks that you shouldn’t miss include:
- Delaware County Courthouse on Front Street, built in 1871
- Provident National Bank on State Street at Veteran’s Square, built in 1900
- Minshall House on Route 252, built in approximately 1750
- Cooper House on State Street, built in 1870
- Media Armory on State Street, built in 1908, now home to the Pennsylvania Veterans Museum and Trader Joe’s
- Jaisohn House on East Lincoln Street
- Hillhurst on Orange Street, built in 1890
- Media Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends, built in 1875, and Media-Providence Friends School, built in 1876, are neighboring structures on West 3rd Street
I’m sure I could name several other incredible historic locations that deserve to be on your must-see list, but that would take a while. Media is home to several outdoor activities due to the number of local parks within the immediate area.
The Delaware County Summer Festival in Rose Tree Park is one such activity. Many summer festivals are held throughout America each year, what makes ours so special? It lasts from mid-June to mid-August! Every Wednesday through Sunday is filled with fun, games, or live music.
Other nearby parks include: Clayton Park and Golf Course, Glen Providence Park, Kent Park and Dog Park, Smedley Park, and Upland Park. Click here to see other parks and recreational spaces in Media. Several other smaller parks are available as well, if you prefer something a little more private and secluded.
Farmers’ Markets are still alive and well here in Media, Pennsylvania. Local farmers begin planting as early as April when possible, often starting their plants in small containers in greenhouses so that they may share them with us throughout the growing season. Many visit specific locations in Media in order to sell their produce, or oftentimes you may drive to the farm to make your purchases. Keep an eye out for local farmers’ markets throughout the summer so you can stock up on amazing local fruits and vegetables.
The Small Town Atmosphere is a Local Business Owner’s Dream
Small business ownership is alive and well in Media and the surrounding area. I’m a small business owner myself, and sole operator of Lou Curley’s Chimney Service. I provide fireplace, wood stove, and chimney services throughout Media and the surrounding areas. Call me any time to schedule an appointment for a free consultation to discuss potential problems with your chimney or fireplace.
Many homeowners feel that if they don’t use their chimney very often it doesn’t need to be inspected or cleaned. The Chimney Sweep Institute of America (CSIA) recommends that every chimney structure be inspected once per year and cleaned at least once or twice per year depending on the amount of use. Don’t put your home’s, or your family’s, safety at risk by neglecting a yearly inspection or cleaning.