• LOCATION 9 | A Stroll through the Heart of Savannah’s Historical District

    Fish Downspout

    Fish Downspout on Savannah, Georgia audio tour A Stroll through the Heart of Savannah’s Historical District

    Stop at the house with the fish downspout on the corner.

    Look up at the ceiling of this porch and notice the light blue color.

    There are actually 2 meanings for this. More commonly here in Savannah it is known as Haint Blue, spelled like paint with an 'H'. This Haint Blue represents water, and it was believed that spirits can't cross water, therefore this is protecting your house from ghosts or spirits. You may also see this color on the columns of the front porch, the trim or shutters. Another version of the story you might hear is that this represents the sky, it tricks birds and insects into thinking it is the sky, therefore birds don't nest in here and it acts as an insect repellant.

    Now, look down, on the corner of the house at the fish downspout. Pirates and sailors believed if a dolphin or whale was following your ship, it is bringing good luck to the ship. So, this is bringing good luck to this house. Also, since it is a working downspout, whenever it rains, it washes out any spirits that may have accumulated in the house.

    Let's keep moving.

    Continue south on Bull Street, towards Six Pence Pub, the red British phone booth. Walk past the pub, towards Liberty Street.

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A Stroll through the Heart of Savannah’s Historical District