Media is extra special to us because it’s our hometown. We live here, our kids go to school here, and we know our neighbors. Media’s slogan “Everybody’s Hometown” is the perfect description for this community. In 2012, Media was featured on the TV show Today in America, with Terry Bradshaw. Starting in May, and continuing through September, Media closes down its streets every Wednesday night for “Dining Under the Stars”. This event transforms Media into a “Champs Elysee” of Paris. Pictured at left, Media is the only suburban town in the United States to have a trolley down the middle of its main street.
Homes For Sale
The majority of homes in Media are part of the Rose Tree Media School District. Please contact us to find out whether or not a particular home you’re looking at is eligible for this school district.
Public School Data for Media, PA
|School Name||Enrollment||Test Rating||Students Per Teacher|
|Glenwood Elementary School||369||9||12:1|
|Indian Lane Elementary School||414||9||13:1|
|Rose Tree Elementary School||314||10||14:1|
|Springton Lake Middle School||892||9||11:1|
|Penncrest High School||1,293||9||12:1|
Are you looking for a community that provides convenient access to a wide range of attractions? What about first-class restaurants, and top-notch sports and amusement centers? If you answered yes to either of these questions, then moving to Media, PA is a great choice to make. You’ll be closely located to an assortment of venues, including shopping districts, culinary arts schools, golf courses, and much more. Here’s a quick look at the lifestyle you an live when you make the move to Media.
Media Parks and Orchards
If you enjoy being outdoors, you’re going to love living in Media. Ridely Creek State Park provides optimal opportunities to go horseback riding and hiking. Well-known for being one of the most beautiful parks in PA, Ridely Creek gives you access to the states’ best nature surroundings. Not too far from the park is Linvilla Orchards. Providing you with lots of family fun, this orchard not only gives you a great way to spend the day outdoors, but it also teaches your children the importance of growing their own fruit. Another orchard in Media that you’ll want to visit is Wolff’s Apple House. Museums and theaters in the area include:
- The Media Theater
- Hedgerow Theater
- Tyler Arboretum
- Pennsylvania Veteran’s Museum
You won’t have to travel very far at all to grab a bite to eat in Media. Whether you’re wanting to host a special dinner for a special ocassion or you simply want to grab a pizza on the way home from work, there are many top-notch eateries to choose from. Some provide seating for 100+ guests, while others are tucked away in some of Media’s best spots, such as on the square. Some of the best restaurants in the area are:
- Azie Restaurant
- Fellini Cafe
- Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant
- Desert Rose
- D’lgnazio’s Towne House Restaurant
Media Sports and Amusement
Whether you’re interested in shooting some hoops or walking the greens to play an 18-hole round of golf, there is much to do in Media. You’ll find venues for children of all ages as well as adults. Some of the area’s best amusement and sports attractions that you and your family are sure to enjoy include:
- Marple Sports Arena
- Kid’s Quest
- Rocky Run YMCA
- Grand Slam USA
When compared to its surrounding areas, Media has always been a bit different. It was established in 1848 with the purpose of creating a centralized location in Delaware County for the Court of Justice. Thanks to its carefully planned design, this town has enjoyed massive profits from its restaurants, shopping districts, and residential neighborhoods. Just as the town is constantly bustling, so is its Court House.
Historians have found enough evidence to support the theory that many escaped slaves fled to the Honeycomb UAME Church (only three miles from Media) to be assisted by local Quakers. Many of these slaves chose to establish roots in Media and surrounding areas.
History of Media
It was toward the end of the 19th Century that Media found itself to be a popular summer resort. As more wealthy Philadelphians made their way to the area, several large vacation hotels were built. The Philadelphia Baltimore Washington Railroad was built in 1854 in Media, connecting it directly to Philadelphia, which enhanced both imports and exports throughout the city.
Landmarks and Retail in Media
There have been an assortment of architectural landmarks built in Media, including the Delaware County Institute of Science, Media Armory on State Street, the Cooper House, and Media Theatre. Media’s first grocery store was built in 1849, which also sold farm implements. It wasn’t until six years later when the next grocery, feed, and dry goods store would open on the northeast corner of State and Olive Streets. In 1870, the town’s first barber shop was opened, followed shortly by the opening of Ellis Pharmacy.
History of Churches in Media
Media has always been a community built on strong religious beliefs, and residents and visitors have always had a variety of churches to attend. Churches built between 1850 and 1900 include:
- First Baptist Church
- Media Presbyterian Church
- First Methodist Church
- Second Baptist Church
- Trinity U.A.M.E. Church
- Christ Protestant Episcopal Church
History of Law Enforcement in Media
During the first 27 years of establishment, Media was able to keep calmness and order throughout the community with the help of constables. In 1877, though, two regular police officers were named to perform regular work duties during night hours. It wasn’t until 1893 that the first police department was formed, with James McKniff appointed as both Chief Fire Marshall and Chief of Police.
History of Schools in Media
In relation to schooling, the first school in Media was opened in 1856 and can still be seen today on Lemon Street. Thanks to Media’s talented teachers and well-respected reputation, people from every state in the Union came to attend schools in Media, including private and public schools. One of the area’s most notable schools was the Brooke Hall of Seminary for girls. Other early schools included Sprogrell School, Graysdale School, and the Swithen C. Shortlidge Military Academy.