The Olde Pink House - Savannah, GA
N 32° 04.779 W 081° 05.387
17S E 491526 N 3549267
Quick Description: This Georgian mansion was built in 1789 for James Habersham Jr. The house is purported to be haunted by the ghost of Mr. Habersham who supposedly hanged himself in the basement in 1799. It is located at 23 Abercorn St in Savannah.
Location: Georgia, United States
Date Posted: 6/13/2008 12:20:14 PM
Waymark Code: WM3ZTB
From the Visit Historic Savannah web site:
Savannah's Olde Pink House was so named for the beautiful shade of "pink" stucco, which covers its old brick. This Georgian mansion was built in 1789 for James Habersham Jr., one of Savannah's most important early cotton factors and founding-family members. The lot was originally a land grant from the British Crown. The building is a fine example of colonial architecture, and one of the few buildings to survive the fire of 1796. Of particular interest is the Greek portico with a beautiful Palladian window above. The fanlight over the front door is one of the oldest in Georgia. The interior features a lovely but simple Georgian stairway.
The Bolton family, sister and brother-in law of architect William Jay, occupied the house from 1804 to 1812. Between 1812 and 1865, the house was home to the Planter's Bank and First Bank of Georgia. It also served as headquarters for Union General Zebulon York in 1865. One of the early restorations, it is now home to an elegant restaurant and cellar tavern beneath. The restaurant is well known for their romantic dinners.
The Olde Pink House is popular destination for Savannah ghost hunters. Patrons of this restaurant and tavern claim to have found themselves in conversation with James Habersham Jr., who supposedly hanged himself in the basement in 1799. It is said that his restless spirit frequently wonders around his old home on quiet Sunday afternoons.
I did not encounter anyone purporting to be James Habersham, but I did not visit on a Sunday. My cynical nature leads me to suspect this may be an exaggerated, if not entire made-up, tale to lure ghost hunters.