Ohio's Hidden Treasure TM
formerly Camp 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...
Kirby's Mill restoration
Historic House stabilization
Native Species Restoration / Invasive Species Removal
Outreach, Education, Friendly Presence, Fundraising
Trash & Latrine Logistics
Friends of Crowell Hilaka works with the governing board of the park ( RJRD) to identify the areas where we can provide the greatest assistance. Projects may change from year to year depending on the needs of the the park and the RJRD.
The lovely Lake Jinelle has been drained TEMPORARILY so that the dam can be repaired. More...
Thank you to everyone who visited Richfield Heritage Preserve
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
This video was produced by SkyCam.photography for the 2014 campaign.
Ways to help:
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The Mill Write
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Sunday, October 20 1-4
Trick or Treat on the Trail
November 19 7 pm FoCH membership meeting
Saturday, December 7 - WINTER WONDERS returns to Gund Hall by popular demand
For a complete listing of events at
Richfield Heritage Preserve visit
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The Property Map - Directions
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