What Does Poogan’s Porch Offer?
Poogan’s Porch sits on Queen Street in an area filled with great restaurants housed in old historic homes. The carefully restored Victorian house offers the perfect spot for lunch, dinner or a weekend brunch.
I especially like their warm homemade buttermilk biscuits and the she-crab soup! The buttermilk fried Chicken dinner is one of their signature dishes and it does not disappoint!
The restaurant has a variety of options for seating. There are private rooms for small groups as well as quaint, quiet, romantic tables of two. In good weather, the porch is available for dining. Well- mannered dogs are welcome to dine with the owners on the porch.
How Poogan’s Porch Got Its Name?
The house was built in 1888 and lived in as a single family home for nearly a century. By 1976, the neighborhood had become more suitable to restaurants and the house was sold. The owners moved, but legend has it, Poogan, the family pet, stayed behind. He became the official porch greeter as he wondered the porch searching for scraps and a good back scratch. In 1979, Poogan died of natural causes but his porch and restaurant live on.
Is Poogan’s Porch Haunted?
Plenty of local guides tell stories of Poogan’s Porch being one of Charleston’s famous haunted houses. Of course, one ghost often referred to is Poogan himself.
But there is another ghost that reportedly walks the halls of this old Victorian house. Her name is Zoe. She lived at 72 Queen with her sister, Elizabeth in the early 1900’s. The sisters were very close and largely kept to themselves. Elizabeth died in 1945 and Zoe slipped into a deep depression. Neighbors claimed Zoe walked the streets at night, calling for her sister. She eventually was sent to a mental hospital where she died.
Many stories circulate the ghost tour routes about people in the hotel across the street, sighting Zoe’s ghost moving through the house at night. Staff of the restaurant also report encounters with her. You can read more entertaining ghost stories about the house here: Ghosts
Poogan’s Porch is a very popular place so be sure you have a reservation!
Parking: There is a deck across the street. Poogan’s Porch is a long block walk from the Charleston Market.