Pryor’s Country Place, built in 1927 as a home and in the 1940s converted to an inn, provided three-season accommodation to black vacationers. During prohibition, liquor reportedly flowed from a lakeside still through a pipe to the house.
The rustic charm of the cobblestone and clapboard exterior conveys a connection to nature that is a hallmark of the Craftsman style.
Now vacant, Pryor’s is for sale. The house occupies a five-acre lakefront site in a place where land is at a premium—an equation that puts the landmark in jeopardy. This African American landmark on Fox Lake faces jeopardy not because of severe neglect but because it sits on a large parcel of highly desirable land.
Fox Lake on the southwest edge of Angola became an African American resort destination in the 1920s, a time when segregation limited blacks’ opportunities for lakeside recreation. The Indiana Landmarks placed it on the 10 Most Endangered List in 2017.
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