Pryor’s Country Place
1540 West Fox Lake Road, Angola
Development Endangers an African American Resort
For much of the nineteenth century and well into the twentieth, African Americans couldn’t vacation at the popular resorts that attracted whites. Segregation limited their opportunities to enjoy lakeside summers. In Indiana, white Fort Wayne businessmen in the 1920s saw a financial opportunity in this inequality and bought land around Fox Lake near Angola. They marketed Fox Lake as a resort destination for affluent blacks.
Built in 1927 as a vacation home and later converted to an inn, Pryor’s Country Place provided lakeside accommodation and recreation to black vacationers. The rustic charm of the cobblestone and clapboard exterior conveyed a connection to nature.
Rumor and physical evidence suggest that liquor flowed from a lakeside still through a pipe into the inn/speakeasy during prohibition.
The long-vacant Pryor’s occupies a five-acre lakefront site that’s for sale, and land is now at a premium on the lake—an equation that puts the landmark in jeopardy.
Todd Zeiger, Director
Indiana Landmarks Northern Regional Office
Timothy Davie, Chairman
Fox Lake Property Owners Association
Carol Karst-Wasson, Board Member
Fox Lake Association
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