What's with all of the decorative pineapples?
Decorative pineapples adorn doors, fountains, and the headboards of beds in Annapolis and many other towns and cities along the East Coast. Not being from this region of the United States, it was interesting for me to learn that the pineapple has served as a sign of hospitality and welcome since Colonial days when sailors would place a pineapple in front of their house to signal their safe return from sea and their readiness to share tales of their adventures with friends.
Interestingly enough, legend has it that King Louis XIV of France didn't find pineapples so welcoming when he eagerly bit into his first one without peeling it and injured his lips on the spiky skin. Louis XV, however, found pineapples to be so deliciously sweet that he directed his gardeners to grow them in a greenhouse at Versailles in the winter of 1733.
And what is the sign of a really warm welcome? A pineapple on a red door! After reading one of Joseph's recent posts, in which he explains that a red door may indicate that a house is mortgage-free, I was curious to find out more. It turns out that red doors were also a sign of hospitality in Colonial America signaling that the owners would offer accommodation to weary travelers.
Signs of hospitality in Annapolis:
|A red door with a pineapple under the light|
|A black door with a pineapple under the light|
|A red door with a pineapple|