Crowell Hilaka belongs to Richfield! Title transferred to the Richfield Joint Recreation District on June 30th! Thanks to all who worked so hard to make this happen!
Welcome to the Friends of Crowell Hilaka
Crowell Hilaka of Richfield, Ohio, is 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 mansions 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. As time passed, few in Richfield remembered the beautiful estates.
In 2015, the property was purchased by the citizens of Richfield. It is being transformed into a park for public enjoyment.
The grounds of Crowell Hilaka are open seven days a week from dawn to dusk. Enter on the north side (Broadview Road, next to the Giant Eagle). The buildings are not yet open, and other areas are also closed for safety reasons. Before your visit, check out the RJRD web site for the latest information.
This video was produced by SkyCam.photography for the 2014 campaign.
Crowell Hilaka Memories Project: What do you remember about Crowell Hilaka? What did it mean to you? We are collecting memories! Please click here for more information.
Kirby's Mill Restoration Project
planning in progress
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!
FoCH Christmas Cookie sale
Saturday, December 5, 10-12
at the Richfield Historical Society Museum
3907 Broadview Rd/ 44286
Help the RJRD: The RJRD is looking for volunteers to help them take an inventory of the property. Click on the link to sign up.
Become a Member of FoCH
What We Envision:
- Preserving Crowell Hilaka as heritage site for the community
- Use historic Kirby structures for STEM programs
- Use historic Neal Houses for cultural events and education
- Promote outdoor recreation by improving/using facilities
- Promote love of nature through volunteer-run family camping and outdoor skills programs