Richfield Heritage Preserve
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 nonprofit advocacy group partnering with the RJRD to preserve, protect, enhance, and promote Richfield Heritage Preserve, formerly Crowell Hilaka. more...
There are only a few of these hand-crafted ornaments left ...
Cook's Cabin - hand painted by r. garlen oviatt on a slice of discarded tent pole from the old Camp Crowell Hilaka. The tiny cabin, nestled in a grove of hemlock trees on the edge of the creek behind Garfield Hall, was built in 1937 to provide lodging for the camp cook. It often went unnoticed until the re-routing of the Buckeye Trail past the cabin. It now represents an idyllic yet solitary forest retreat. Only $10 plus $5 for shipping. Send check to FoCH / 100 Wandle Ave. / Bedford OH 44146
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
Cleaning Crew being formed for Gund Hall (flier below)
For more ways to be part of this exciting team click on Volunteer
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