Its October already here which means its time for Halloween and ghost stories! Pawleys Island is home to several of the most famous ghost stories in South Carolina. The stories of Alice Flagg and the mysterious Gray Man haunt the residents of Pawleys Island year round and have become local folklore among the residents.
There are several accounts to the story of Alice Flagg that have be able to captivate the residents of Pawleys and surrounding areas, but the basic premise is that of a love stricken young woman kept from seeing her true love. Alice Flagg lived with her brother and mother at the seashore home of the owners of Wachesaw Plantation in 1849. Today this home can be found in Murrells Inlet and is known as “The Hermitage”. Alice fell in love with a young man that her family did not approve of. Lacking social stature and wealth, the young man was advised to stay away from Alice, by her family. Despite this he proposed to Alice and gave her a ring. Knowing to well what her family would think of the engagement Alice kept the ring hidden on a string around her neck. Attempting to pry Alice from love’s grasp, her family sent her away to Charleston to attend school. While in Charleston Alice became very sick. When word of Alice’s condition reached Murrells Inlet Alice’s brother went to Charleston to retrieve his sister. However, due to the conditions and length of colonial travel Alice’s condition got worse on the way home. Soon after Alice reached Murrells Inlet she slipped into a comma and died. During the funeral preparations Alice’s engagement ring was found. Disgusted at the thought of Alice being engaged to “a commoner” her family threw the ring out and tried to hide the engagement. Legend has it that to this day Alice is still searching for her ring. Visitors to Pawleys Island can visit Alice’s grave site where many say that if you walk around the grave 13 times Alice will appear to study your ring.
Stay tuned for our next story about the mysterious gray man…
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