A portion of the new Richfield Heritage Preserve was once the estate of:
A. James Kirby (Kirby vacuum)
Richfield Heritage Preserve (RHP) is a 336-acre former Girl Scout camp. On the south-side of the preserve, James Kirby, who amassed over 160 patents and is best known for his washing machines and vacuum cleaners, purchased land from the Oviatt family in 1919.
Today, you can visit the Kirby family home along with its water-powered millwheel that produced hydroelectric power for his home and workshop. The mill was placed on the National Register of Historic Landmarks in 1978. Learn MORE…
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