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 Neals built their fairy tale mansions between the upper lake and their vast
orchards. All of these are still here. Operated as a Cleveland Girl Scout
camp for over 70 years, the property is now being sold. Friends of Crowell
Hilaka ( FoCH ) seeks to preserve this land as a public-access recreational and educational destination.
Public access is not available at this time
FoCH is delighted that the Richfield Joint Recreation District
has been formed to conserve the land. Although we recognize that the type
of use, the look, and even the name “Crowell Hilaka” may change, we
believe the volunteers of FoCH will continue to have a role as the land enters
the next era in its history.
We Want To:
Preserve Crowell Hilaka as a landmark heritage site for the community
Use historic Kirby structures as basis for science/engineering programs
Use historic Neal Houses as sites for arts, cultural events and education
Promote outdoor recreation by improving/using facilities on the property
Promote love of nature through volunteer-run family camping and outdoor skills programs
OPEN HOUSES AT CROWELL HILAKA Sunday, Sept. 14th, 1-4 PM Sunday, Oct. 5th, 2-5 PM Saturday, Oct. 18th, time 1-4 PM Sunday, Oct. 26th, time 1-4 PM Volunteer to help: click here or send E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
NEXT MEETING - September 9th, 7:00pm Richfield Historical Society.
NEXT RJRD MEETINGS - The Richfield Joint Recreation District will be meeting every Monday in August at 7:30 at the Richfield Village Hall.
MUSIC FOR THE MILLWHEEL - A fundraising concert on October 11th at 7:00. It will feature the Jumping Fleas ukulele band, the Backroom Boys Bluegrass Band, and Tina Bergmann on hammered dulcimer with her husband Bryan Thomas on double bass. Admission will be $25 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under.