Crowell Hilaka of Richfield, Ohio, is 336 acres of winding
streams, lakes, and wooded uplands. The land has a rich history once owned by the Oviatt
family, the Neal family, and inventor Jim Kirby, 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.
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 and help to open it to the public as a
recreational and educational destination.
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.