William Penn sold a parcel of land in central Delaware County 300 years ago that eventually became Media. The name means “middle” in Latin.
Soon Philadelphians began vacationing and moving to this suburb shortly after it received a courthouse in 1851. Many Victorian homes still stand, as do buildings housing first-floor businesses with upstairs apartments.
Adventurous types should check out Ridley Creek State Park for hiking, cross-country skiing and more outdoor activities.
Media’s close-knit history lives on at sites such as Providence Friends Meeting , a Quaker meetinghouse whose members participated in the Underground Railroad.
Public lots and metered parking are available to visitors traveling by auto. Trolley lines laid in 1890 continue to service a route to and from Philadelphia.
In The Town
Visitors unplug media for a day to contemplate nature at the Tyler Arboretum and Ridley Creek State Park . With admission that allows for repeat entries on the same day, fans of horticulture can spend a few hours exploring Tyler’s 650-acre collection of plants, special trees, interesting treehouses and historic buildings.
For lunch, the nearby Country Deli offers packable food items for eating somewhere along the area’s 17 miles of trails amid meadows, woodlands and wetlands.
Ridley Creek State Park encourages fishing, hiking, cross-country skiing and exploration of its formal gardens and living-history Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation site.
Wednesday evenings during warmer months, Dining Under the Stars replaces automobiles on State Street with dinner tables to host this unique dining experience.
Media hosts concerts throughout the year as part of America’s Music Festival series , with events like the Americana Roots Ramble in May, the State Street Blues Stroll in June and the Jazz By Night Celebration in November.