Ohio's Hidden Treasure TM
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 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...
IT'S ALL TRUE! The Kirby's Mill restoration project received a very generous donation from the Ohio History Fund! The Ohio History Fund is supported by donations and by the sale of Mastodon licence plates.
Kirby's Mill has a new roof thanks to the generosity of
Jon & Kitty Antavari and Helen Cappy
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 email@example.com 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
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Sunday, August 25 – 2pm " Dig into the Past Hike".
Meet at Gund Hall
Dr. Phil Wanyerka , professor of Archaeology at CSU, will guide us through areas of the park where indigenous people may have lived. The more recent history of Kirby's Mill and the self-clarifying lake will also be discussed. Cookies & lemonade will be served.
Sunday, September 15 Kirby Day 2019
"Kirby's Marble-ous Mill "
2 - 5 pm
Jim Kirby was an expert marbles player. Could it be that his childhood games inspired his innovative design for the water wheel of his mill? We may never know for sure, but we know he left a legacy of playfulness and wonder. Celebrate by starting your own collection of marbles. Collect one marble from each letter box that you visit. Return to Gund Hall to learn the game of marbles from Michael Cohill of the American Toy Marble Museum.
Tuesday, Sept 17 7-9 pm
FoCH Membership meeting
Saturday, October 5
Membership Primitive Potluck
October 13 - Guided Hike: Nature at RHP. With snacks along the way.
Tuesday, Nov 19 7-9pm
FoCH Membership meeting
December 7 - FOCH annual Christmas Cookie sale 10 am at Gund Hall.
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