Friends of Crowell Hilaka
are the Friends of Richfield Heritage Preserve
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 has been transformed into a park for public enjoyment. In 2020, the property was added to the National Register of Historic Places as the "Camp Crowell Hilaka Historic District".
Donations to Kirby's Mill are being matched dollar per dollar up to $5,000 from now until September 6
This pictorial history from Arcadia's "Images of America" series is now available anywhere fine books are sold. A portion of all books purchased in person at FoCH events or from this website will be donated to Kirby's Mill. Books will be for sale in the park before the Kirby's Mill benefit on August 4 and at Kirby Day on September 19.
Censored, Deleted, and Off-The-Record
A presentation for the benefit of Kirby’s Mill
Hosted by author Lynn Scholle Richardson
Wednesday August 4, 7pm at The Lodge (formerly Gund Hall)
Richfield Heritage Preserve (formerly Crowell Hilaka)
4374 Broadview Rd. Richfield, OH 44286
Tickets : $10.00 at the door. Mature audiences only.
100% of the proceeds from ticket sales will go toward the restoration of Kirby’s Mill AND will be matched by a generous donor.
Kirby's Mill restoration
Historic House Stabilization
Native Species Restoration / Invasive Species Removal
Outreach, Education, Friendly Presence, Fundraising
Trash, Latrine, and Clean Up crew (TLC)
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 streams that flow through RHP are part of the headwaters of the Rocky River Watershed. Learn more on this video by Colin Murphy, hosted by Heather Liccardi.
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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July 14 - August 10
Book release July 19
Censored, Deleted, and Off-The Record" A benefit for Kirby's Mill. Wednesday, August 4, 7 pm at The Lodge ( formerly Gund Hall)
Tickets $10.00 at the door.
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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