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Fox Lake

The rustic cottages of Fox Lake

Angola, Indiana

The Fox Lake resort community was developed specifically for African Americans in the 1930s, when such communities were quite rare. Fox Lake provided black families, who were generally unwelcome in white resorts, with a place of their own where they could escape the heat of the cities and enjoy the pleasures of summertime activities. Young men and soldiers also came to swim, dance, and socialize. In recognition of history and the deep community ties it formed, Fox Lake was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2002. The historic district contains 32 relatively modest lake cottages, most of which were constructed before World War II. The resort is still a successful community today and its traditions are still maintained by many second- and third-generation owners.

Photo: The rustic cottages of Fox Lake
– Courtesy Indiana Historic Preservation Office

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