The Old Pink House and Haunted Savannah Pub Crawls
One of our more unique stops on our Haunted Savannah Pub Crawl is the Old Pink House. This large home got it’s name from the color of the exterior stucco. Originally intended to be a white home, the stucco was put over the red brick. In the Savannah heat, the brick color bled through and turned the whitewashed stucco pink. The home was built for James Habersham Jr. in 1771 and is one of the few homes to survive the fire of 1796. There is no doubt that James Habersham Jr. was proud of his mansion, which has survived as Savannah’s most elegant eighteenth century building. James Habersham Jr’s pink complexioned, long faced portrait still hangs in the foyer of this old building.
The Old Pink House, A Storied Past
James Habersham Sr. was a leading merchant, planter and public servant during the colonial era. Of his ten children only three sons survived. James, Joseph, and John, all opposed him politically during the months preceding the outbreak of the War of Independence. James Habersham Jr. like his father made a fortune in rice and shipping which helped finance the war effort. During his residence at what is now the Pink House, it was the location of secret and desperate meetings of the local Sons of Liberty. These helped lay plans for the raid on the King’s powder machine in 1775, and the arrest of the royal governor, Sir William Wright in 1776. Later the building became the Planter,s Bank,the first in the state. The old building was later an attorney,s office, bookstore and a tearoom. On the 200th anniversary celebration it was re-opened as a restaurant and colonial tavern in the furnishings of the period. The downstairs tavern has become one of the favorite places for our Haunted Savannah Pub Crawl to relax with a local drink and hear of the buildings hauntings.
A Haunting at the Old Pink House
Haunted Savannah Pub Crawls
The Old Pink House has been involved in three wars and a lot of money… the old bank vaults are now the wine cellars. The traumatic emotions which the building has known in over 200 years, has guest on the Haunted Savannah Pub Crawl believing James is still here in presence from time to time. The spirits that reside here have become as much a part of its atmosphere as the old pine floors and the Georgian staircase.