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Medina museum holds treasures of local history

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    Tom Doyle, a Medina resident, is owner and curator of The Wiz Fire and Historic Medina Museum. Admission to the museum, which Doyle described as his hobby, is free. Here, he is pictured with a 1916 Hallock fire truck.

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    Inside The Little Wiz Fire and Historic Medina Museum located at 326 E. Smith Road, visitors can see fire fighting apparatus from as far back as the 1860s.

    ASHLEY FOX / GAZETTE

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    The Little Wiz Fire and Historic Medina Museum began when owner Tom Doyle, a Medina resident, said his collection grew so large, he decided to share it with the public. Visitors were able to tour the museum Sunday for the Dandelion Drive a Journey in Time, a county-wide history self-guided driving tour.

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    Among firefighting equipment spanning over centuries, visitors of The Little Wiz Fire and Historic Medina Museum can find pieces of local history, including the first traffic light in Medina.

    ASHLEY FOX / GAZETTE

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MEDINA — About decade ago, Medina resident Tom Doyle decided to open a museum to share his collection of antiques with the public.

“I’m a collector. I got carried away when I had little stuff but then I found a fire truck that was actually manufactured in Medina,” he said.

The truck, a 1916 Model T Hallock Fire Truck, was one of 22 fire vehicles made in Medina. It served in Florida and now sits at The Little Wiz Fire and Historic Medina Museum, 326 E. Smith Road.

The museum was open Sunday as part of the “Dandelion Drive — A Journey in Time.” It was the inaugural event of the Historical Council of Medina County, which last year hosted History Day.

The Dandelion Drive was a drive-it-yourself tour that along with The Little Wiz museum included:

  •  Litchfield Township Historical Society;
  •  York Historical Society;
  •  Medina County Historical Society;
  •  Medina Town Hall and Engine House Museum.

Horse-drawn and hand-drawn carriages that once served as fire equipment are packed tightly at The Little Wiz, which is open Saturdays.

Doyle, 65, who owns a security company FBN Systems in Medina. said he doesn’t charge admission because the museum is his hobby.

Pieces of firefighting history dating to an 1859 New York hose carriage are displayed at The Little Wiz. There are articles of clothing, toys and firefighting equipment.

“Most of my stuff is concentrated around fire, but there’s also a lot of historic Medina stuff, too,” Doyle said.

Included is the first traffic light in Medina along with pieces of wooden pipe that were served as part of the city’s plumbing system.

Doyle said groups or individuals interested in making a visit may call (330) 419-0200 to schedule an appointment.

More information is available at www.thelittlewiz.com.

Contact reporter Ashley Fox at (330) 721-4048 or afox@medina-gazette.com.

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