OHIO'S HIDDEN TREASURETM,
RICHFIELD HERITAGE PRESERVE
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 now listed on the National Register of Historic Places
as the Crowell Hilaka Historic District.
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...
Bird hike sign up here: 8 AM hike 10 AM hike
Click HERE for Kirby's Mill video by Ethan Horacek
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...
This video was produced by SkyCam.photography for the 2014 campaign.
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Limited capacity at all hikes.
(subject to change or cancellation d/t the pandemic)
Sunday, April 25
Led by Jennifer Windus
Register for 11 AM walk
Sunday, May 1
Bird Migration Hike
Led by Fred Dinkelbach
Register for the 8 AM hike
Register for the 10 AM hike
Sunday, June 27
Led by Lynn Richardson
Sunday, July 25
Led by Dr. Phil Wanyerka
Sunday, August 22
Led by Corey Ringle, AIA
Sunday, September 19
Kirby's Marble-ous Mill
Saturday, December 4
Kirby's Mill refrigerator magnet
$5.00, including tax.
proceeds go toward the restoration of Kirby's Mill.
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FoCH, c/o Sandy Norris
3991 Humphrey Rd.
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If you have questions, contact Sandy Norris 330-715-0404
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