Media is the county seat of Delaware County and is located about 13 miles west of Philadelphia. The area was mostly rural until the twentieth century even though it goes back to William Penn. 

The Delaware County Institute of Science,the Pennsylvania Institute of Technology,  Williamson College of the Trades and Delaware County Community College, are located nearby. 

Land in the area was settled by Peter and William Taylor who bought the land where Media is now located, directly from William Penn. The Providence Friends Meeting was established in 1688.

The name most likely comes from the borough's central location in Delaware County.


Land in Media was used by the Underground Railroad. The arboretum was started as a private collection by brothers Jacob and Minshall Painter. In 1825, they began systematically planting over 1,000 varieties of trees and shrubs. Over 20 of their original trees survive, including a giant sequoia.

In the second half of the 19th century, Media was a summer resort for well-to-do Philadelphians during the second half of the 19th century. The Media Theatre opened as a vaudeville house in 1927.  In 1994, the theater underwent a $1 million restoration by Walter Strine Sr. and re-opened as the 'Media Theatre for the Performing Arts'

In June 2006, Media became the first town in the United States to follow over 300 towns in Europe in attaining fair trade certification.

Media is connected to Upper Darby Township by the 101 trolley. The trolley terminates just after the Delaware County Courthouse, at a station known as Orange Street. Media also has a stop on the Media/Elwyn Regional Rail Line at the corner of Orange Street and Station Road.

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