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An Early History of Media, PA

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The sexual assault lawyers in Media, PA, sponsor this article to present a detailed excerpt about the area.

Media is a borough and county seat of Deleware County, Pennsylvania. The area spans 0.76 square miles and is entirely composed of land. The borough is home to approximately 5,327 residents with a population density of 7,486.17 per square mile. Mayor Robert A. McMahon currently governs the borough, and in June 2006, the borough became the first fair trade town in America.

Media belongs to ZIP codes 19063, 19065, 19091, and area codes 610 and 484.


Prior to the area's European settlement, Media was inhabited by the Sioux, or Cherokee, or Iroquois Native American tribe.

In 1681, William Penn, founder of Pennsylvania, settled and became the proprietor of the colony of Pennsylvania by King Charles II of England. Still, the area remained rural up until the 20th century.

William Penn sold the land to Peter and William Taylor, and the Providence Township was organized by 1684 to then later be divided up into the Upper Providence and Nether Providence townships.

In February 1688, Media became home to the Providence Friends Meeting, a Historic Quaker meeting-house belonging to Thomas Minshall, who later donated the land for the foundation. If you are ever interested in learning more about the history of the grounds, a house on Minshall's property remains open today and was given to the borough's citizens in 1975.

Media continued to develop throughout the years, and by the latter end of the 19th century, Media became well known as a town with summer homes and vacation resorts for Philadelphians. One of the largest vacation hotels was the Chestnut Grove House or "The Colonial," which was used for a year by Swarthmore College due to a fire on its campus.

In 1927, theatre was introduced to the town of Media when The Media Theatre opened as a vaudeville house. The theatre remained a popular destination for locals throughout the 70s and 80s, and in 1994, the theatre received 1 million dollars for restoration.

Of the most recent monumental moments for Media was becoming the first town in the United States to attain a fair trade certification. To receive the certification, Media passed a council resolution supporting fair trade that ensured a wide range of fair-trade products were available in local restaurants and businesses.

Historic Landmarks

The town of Media has such a rich history. Therefore, it is no surprise that the town hosts numerous landmarks with historical significance. Some of which include,

Old Rose Tree Tavern

  • A historic inn and tavern located within Rose Tree Park. Built in 1836, the tavern was added to the National Register of Historic Places on June 21, 1971.

Dr. Samuel D. Risely House

  • Also known as the Elton B. Gifford House, the historic home was built in 1877 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1990.

Media Armory

  • Built in 1908, as the armory for Company H of the 6th Infantry Regiment of the Pennsylvania National Guard, the armory was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1989. Today, the upper level was converted to retail space and is now home to the local Trader Joe's supermarket.

Want to learn more? Check out: A Timeline and Modern History of Wallingford, PA

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David Petrone
Date Published: June 24, 2021
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