When Tom and I were in Natchez Mississippi earlier this summer, we learned the legend around the red front door. Many fine southern homes have them and I always loved them as a statement. In fact, I always secretly wanted one.
On a tour of one of Natchez’s grand antebellum homes, we learned that back when these historic homes were built, the red door signified that a major milestone had been hit. The homeowners would paint their front doors red when they paid off their mortgages. I guess it was a way to show off to everyone in the neighborhood.
So when we decided to repaint this old house, I absolutely had to have a red door. Certainly we have not paid off our mortgage but, I love the history behind the red door. I think it adds a little flair to the house that it did not have before.