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Echo Lake is a small lake that formed along the Meredith Branch of the Chickahominy River (this river forms the northern boundary of Henrico County and flows into the James River).  In the late 1800s there was a flour mill on the lake, but that has long since disappeared.  In 1909 an African American farmer named Jacob Lewis purchased the lake with its surrounding land and turned it into a park. During the days of segregation, Echo Lake Park was a place where African American families and church members could gather for picnics, dances, camping, and baptisms.  It is still a popular park today with a playground, pavilion, and a 1.5 mile walking trail.

Updated 9/4/2011