These steps reminded me just how welcoming the city of Savannah is. It is a feast for a photographer’s eyes. Even on a gray day, the colors of Savannah stand out. Speaking of gray or in this case grey. Notice the brick on these steps. They are called Savannah grey brick and were made locally in the late 17 and 1800’s. Ships that sailed into the port of Savannah carried grey ballast bricks that quickly became a popular building material throughout the city. It wasn’t long before residents began to emulate the distinctive color. True Savannah Grey bricks are hard to find. In fact they are so rare that one lady wrote, “The only way I could get a true Savannah grey brick was to steal it.”
Even today this type of brick is a bestseller not only in the city but in the surrounding areas. I also have a single Savannah grey brick at the cottage in Toccoa. And I had almost forgotten how I got it until I saw these townhouse steps. The answer to your next question is “yes.” While living in the city years ago, the restoration group uncovered some old construction in the downtown area. I was doing some photography at the time and not unknowingly took a brick that had been tossed to the side.
I thought of Miss Jo (and Parker Wilkes) when I passed this shop: One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish . . . . (smile)
And then this late afternoon shot was just dreamy. An old oak tree and windows from the 1800’s. On his march to the sea, Gen. Sherman did not burn this city. Therefore, everywhere you turn, history abounds.