Richfield Heritage Preserve
formerly Crowell Hilaka, is Ohio's Hidden Treasure. 336 acres of winding streams, lakes, and wooded uplands, it was farmed by the pioneer Oviatt family and then became the estate of inventor Jim Kirby. During the 1920s Kirby constructed a patented lake, a mill to generate electric power, a house air-conditioned with spring water, and a dance hall built on springs. Upstream, the Neal family built their fairy tale houses and operated a thriving fruit farm. The land was purchased by the Cleveland Girl Scouts in 1937 and enclosed for the protection of the girls. In 2015, the property was purchased by the citizens of Richfield. It is being transformed into a park for public enjoyment.
Richfield Heritage Preserve is open to the public every day, dawn to dusk.
No admission charge.
The main entrance is at 4374 Broadview Rd,
just south of the Richfield Giant Eagle.
The Preserve is administered by the Park Board :
Richfield Joint Recreation District ( RJRD )
Friends of Crowell Hilaka ( aka FoCH. pronounced "folk" ) is a 501c3 nonprofit advocacy group. Our mission is to partner with the Richfield Joint Recreation District to preserve, protect, enhance, and promote Richfield Heritage Preserve, formerly Crowell Hilaka. more...
Congratulations to new FoCH board member Elizabeth Csontos!
Read the notes from our annual meeting here
Ohio History Fund LOVES Kirby's Mill!
February 27 Happy Statehood Day, Ohio!!! Last summer we applied for a grant from the Ohio History Fund. Today we were awarded that grant to create construction documents for restoration of Kirby's Mill!
This project was made possible in part by an Ohio History Fund grant. A grant program by the Ohio History Connection, the Ohio History Fund supports local history organizations all over the state and is funded entirely through Ohio taxpayers’ voluntary contributions. You can learn more about the program at ohiohistory.org/historyfund.
Ohio History Fund
The Ohio History Fund creates grants to support local history projects in communities throughout Ohio. It’s funded by Ohio taxpayers that select “Ohio History Fund” as a donation fund on their state tax returns. For just a $9 donation, you can help repair a roof on a historic home, expand a popular history tour at a local museum, preserve the stories of Ohio veterans or provide public access to rare museum collections. For more information about the Ohio History Fund grant program, visit ohiohistory.org/historyfund.
The grant was made possible by the Ohioans who donate to the Ohio History Fund Tax Check-off and the cool drivers who rock the Mastodon license plates!!
More on the Ohio History Fund 2019 grant recipients.
Forestry. On-going removal of invasive plants. April-June the focus is on garlic mustard - an edible herb that is pulled by hand. July - November we concentrate on barberry. The work is considerably more challenging, but allows us to delve into remote areas of unparalleled beauty. The volunteers of this crew are fondly known as "Barberrians". Barberry removal requires preparation and sign off on the instructions which are here. Contact Lynn Richardson for more info firstname.lastname@example.org 440-667-3367
Weekend Warriors. Opportunities abound most Saturday mornings at 9 am. Usually the focus is on a specific task, but if more than one project is taking place, volunteers may choose their own assignment. Contact Susan CZ
For more ways to be part of this exciting team click on Volunteer
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Saturday, April 27
Defend the Forest - Garlic Mustard Pull for beginners. Meet 9 am. Amity Porch
Sunday, April 28 - Guided Hike 2pm. Nature at RHP Followed by spring time dessert.
Saturday, May 4 Defend the Forest - Garlic Mustard Pull for experienced woodland gardeners. Meet 9 am at the Summer Barn
Tuesday, May 21 7-9 pm
Sunday, June 23 – Guided Hike 2pm Recreation Opportunities at RHP. Followed by picnic snack
Tuesday, July 16 7-9 pm
August 25 – Guided Hike 2pm Kirby’s Mill and the Future. Followed by picnic snack.
September 15 - Kirby Day details TBA
Tuesday, Sept 17 7-9 pm
Saturday, October 5
Membership Primitive Potluck
October 13 - Guided Hike: The Park Story- from Oviatts to GS to Richfield. With snacks along the way.
Tuesday, Nov 19 7-9pm
December 7 - FOCH annual Christmas Cookie sale 10 am at Gund Hall.
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