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 Richfield Joint Recreation District ( RJRD )
Saturday October 21 9 am - All interested helpers meet at main parking lot.
Project - Leaf Removal!
Sweeping, raking, and blowing leaves from shelters, porches & trails, starting at Gund Hall & moving south to KIrby's Mill. If time permits, we will remove leaves and branches around Spif's Garden and collect fallen wood along the main road and take to saw mill.
December 2 Annual Christmas Cooke Sale - Details TBA
The third annual Kirby Birthday Party on September 23 was a wonderful time!
What is "Friends of Crowell Hilaka" ?
( aka FoCH. pronounced "folk" )
FoCH is a nonprofit advocacy group partnering with the RJRD to preserve, protect, enhance, and promote Richfield Heritage Preserve, formerly Crowell Hilaka.
This video was produced by SkyCam.photography for the 2014 campaign.
Become a Member of FoCH
3rd Tuesday of every month. Everyone welcome!!
October 17, 2017
November 21, 2017 Gund Hall
7:00 pm meeting & program
Crowell Hilaka Memories Project: Camp alumni & families: What do you remember about Crowell Hilaka? What did it mean to you? We are collecting memories! Please click here for more information.
Shop and help! FoCH has joined the Amazon Smile program. A portion of your purchases can come to FoCH. Visit the Donate page for details!
The Property Map - Directions
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