One of Orleans County's canal port villages, the historic Village of Medina (pop. 6415 in 2000) lies partly in theTown of Ridgeway, and partly in the Town of Shelby in western Orleans County. Incorporated in 1832, its prosperity has been based both on its location on the Erie Canal and on rich sandstone deposits in the surrounding area, which were quarried and exported worldwide. It has a restored 19th-century downtown area with numerous specialty shops and restaurants. Among the many parks in the Village are several that give access to the canal: Erie Canal Public Boat Launch Bates Road and Erie Canal Public Boat Launch Route 31 East. The Village's history can be traced at the Medina Historical Society Museum in a mid-19th-century house owned and maintained by the Medina Historical Society, while the Medina Railroad Museum housed in one of the largest surviving freight depots in the United States includes scale models and exhibits from railroad, fire and law enforcement history. A short distance to the east of the Village is the Erie Canal Culvert, the only roadway passage under the Erie Canal.