Friday, December 30, 2011

The Olde Pink House

My family and I opted to spend this beautiful vacation day taking a unplanned day trip — from Charleston, S.C. to Savannah, Georgia. 

Right after a hearty breakfast at our hotel, we headed south on Highway 71 in a rented mini-van. All of us were eager to see a second southern beauty.

We got to Savannah just before noon and decided to go ahead and stop for lunch before we did anything else.

The Olde Pink House, located at 23 Abercom in Reynolds Square, was our pick as the restaurant du jour. We didn't have a reservation, so getting in to this national landmark (on this holiday weekend) was iffy.

But, luck was on our side. We got to the Olde Pink House a bit before the crowd and were taken immediately to a prime spot in the main dining room of the stately Georgian Mansion. The service staff was quick and eager to assist us. Before we knew it, drink orders were taken and menu items were being considered. 

Comfort foods — fried chicken with mashed potatoes and white cream gravy — seemed appropriate and just too tempting to pass up, so I didn't.

While we waited for the food to come out, we did what any iPhone-toting family would do. We "googled" the Olde Pink House to educate ourselves about its history.

We learned the house was built by James Habersham, Jr. on land granted by the crown of England. He lived in the house from 1771 to 1800. And, during that time, the home was the site of "many secret meetings which helped secure the independence of the 13 original colonies from England."

In 1811, the home became the Planter's Bank, the first bank in Georgia, and housed the monies of all the colonists. The original, cast-iron vaults are still there and in use today - as wine cellars.

During lunch, our waiter told us that "ghosts of the past often walk freely among the tables" at the Olde Pink House. 

Fortunately, today, we were not among the diners who saw them!

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