Where does one come up with a name like Poogan's Porch for a restaurant? Bobbie Ball, a court reporter by day, went above and beyond to show their appreciation of beloved canine friend. That's right. Poogan's Porch Restaurant was named after a neighborhood dog called Poogan who acted as their guardian in 1976 when the restaurant was opened. Poogan died in 1979 from natural causes but his memory will live on through this eatery. However, a touching dog tale is not why you read this blog. The structure was built in 1888 as a residence.
Poogan's Porch is a hot spot for celebrities such as Jody Foster, Jim Carrey, James Brolin and the late Paul Newman. It was also used as a filming location for the 1989 Hugh Grant move "Champagne Charlie".
As for the paranormal world, the restaurant was named "Third Haunted Place in America" by the Travel Channel in 2003. Zoe St. Amand, a former resident of the Charleston House, is often seen throughout the building. Zoe was a school teacher who lived in the house with her sister Elizabeth until her death in 1945. Zoe fell into a deep depression. Her mental state deteriorated and she was taken to St. Francis Hospital where she remained until her death in the 1950s. The best time to see her spirit is late at night. Or if you're a guest at the Mills House Hotel, across the street from the restaurant, you may be granted the privileged of spotting Zoe waving from a second story window.
Zoe is believed to be a rather active ghostly inhabitant at Poogan's. Pots and pans crash in the kitchen. Doors slam and stools flip over. Place settings rotate on tables. Faucets turn on by themselves. The police have been called to investigate but they always turn up nothing.
Stop by Poogan's Porch Restaurant. You may go home with a ghostly tale.
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