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".
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 at Kirby Day on September 19.
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 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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