DescriptionAbout midway between Buffalo and Rochester, Medina sprang up in the early 1830s as a port along the Erie Canal. The canal meanders along the edge of Oak Orchard Creek Gorge through the downtown area, which still retains some of its 19th-century characteristics. Culvert Road, the only point along the canal where a road passes underneath it, is north of SR 31E about 1.5 miles east of Medina.
Locally quarried Medina sandstone, which was used in the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge and Buckingham Palace, also can be seen in such buildings as the Medina Armory, at the corner of Pearl and Prospect streets; City Hall, 410 West Ave.; and St. Mary's Church, 211 Eagle St.
Two-hour sightseeing excursions in vintage 1947 passenger coaches aboard the Falls Branch Railroad and Erie Canal excursion train depart on selected days from May through December. The 34-mile round trip between Medina and Lockport follows the scenic Erie Canal Heritage Corridor. Fall foliage and seasonal themed trips also are available. Reservations are recommended; phone (585) 798-6106.
Things to SeeMedina Railroad Museum