Ohio's Hidden Treasure TM
formerly Camp Crowell Hilaka, is 336 acres of winding streams, lakes, and forests that had been closed off from the public for over 75 years. It had been 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...
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The Story of
Ohio’s Hidden Treasure (TM) Richfield Heritage Preserve
Back by popular demand. The story of this 336-acre park starts with the Indian Wars of the early 1800’s. It moves on to Kirby’s whimsical inventions, Neals’ vast orchards, and the magical forests beloved by generations of Girl Scouts at Camps Julia Crowell and Hilaka. The most recent chapter of the story is its transition into a public park and its innovative melding of old & new. Presented by Lynn Richardson, historian of Friends of Crowell Hilaka.
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