The Friends of Crowell/Hilaka and the Western Reserve Land Conservancy will hold an open house at the mothballed Crowell/Hilaka Girl Scout camp from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday.
The Conservancy and Friends are seeking pledges to purchase the 336-acre camp from the Girl Scouts of North East Ohio, which has been shedding most of its camps because of high maintenance costs.
Friends of Crowell/Hilaka says it needs “in excess of $4 million” to buy the camp on the Medina and Summit county line and to preserve it as a local heritage site.
The property has historical buildings, two lakes, streams and a dance hall built on railroad car springs. Abolitionist John Brown worked there as a shepherd and tanner in 1842.
Sunday’s open house is outdoors only and most buildings will be available to view only from the exterior.
“Please come to our open house to learn why this land is so important to our region,” said Lynn Richardson, founder of the Friends of Crowell/Hilaka.
Guests should park at Crowell/Hilaka’s south entrance at 3771 Oviatt Road or the north entrance at 4374 Broadview Road, both in Richfield.