Saturday, January 9, 2010

The R&R Station

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The R&R Station

Westmoreland County's The R&R Station is a popular restaurant, bar, and B&B located on West Main Street in downtown Mt. Pleasant. It was built in 1883, when the town was a layover for passengers of the B&O and Pennsy RR lines. It still is the preferred residence for some permanent guests - at last count, it hosted 15 different ghosts.

The first floor boasts of the spirits of a little boy, a little girl, and a milkman. The second floor lays claim to a Victorian lady, two former owners, one of whom is supposed to be John Polonosky, who owned the building a century ago when it was the East End Hotel, the Groper, and the Top Hat Man (Robert) and Sarah.

On the third floor, we have the Mob Boss, the Snitch, the Insane Daughter, and two children playing in the hallway. It's also where infamous Room 15 is, the alleged portal that various spirits use to travel between planes. In addition, there have been sightings reported from the lower level of the R&R, where the bar is located.

The ghostly group collectively has kicked, pinched, and torn the sheets from unsuspecting customers. People in the building have heard bouncing balls upstairs, footsteps when the building was empty, seen objects disappear just to reappear later, and flying pots and pans.

The owners thought they were losing their minds amidst all this eerie activity, and contacted the Paranormal Researchers Organization, which assured them their sanity was fine. PRO captured orb photographs and recorded voices, and said they couldn't explain the things going on at the R & R rationally.

The Pittsburgh Paranormal Society took a look, too. They snapped some photos that they claim are of Polonsky.

Now that they know that their establishment is haunted, the relieved owners have sent tapes to movie producers resulting in a docudrama/DVD "The Haunted R&R Station," sponsored nights with psychics and PRO, gotten reams of newspaper coverage, and offer dinner followed by a ghost tour. In fact, their web site contains a lengthy list of links to its spooked-out history.

Who said a six pack or three of spooks is bad for business?

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