The Hermitage

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Wealthy Dr. Allard Flagg moved into the Hermitage in 1849 and invited his sister, the beautiful Alice Flagg, to live there with him. Alice fell in love with a young lumberman, but Dr. Flagg didn’t approve of the match and sent him away. Angry with her brother, Alice disregarded his wishes and met her beau in secret; they became engaged. When Dr. Flagg noticed Alice possessed a ring that her lumberman had given her and demanded she return it, Alice hid it on a ribbon beneath her dress. Then Dr. Flagg sent Alice to boarding school in Charleston, and there she became seriously ill with malaria and, after Dr. Flagg had brought her home, she died. When Dr. Flagg discovered the ring, he took it off and threw it into the marsh–she was buried at All Saints Cemetery without it, under a plain marble slab that says only “Alice.” Alice’s ghost, in her white dress, is said to walk out the front door of the Hermitage and into the All Saints Cemetery, clutching one hand to her chest, hoping her ring will be returned. She has also been seen walking through the marsh, looking for the ring. Visitors often bring flowers and tokens and leave them for Alice.

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17 and Oak Moss Ct
Murrells Inlet, SC 29576
United States

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33.5617478438773, -79.0287458896637
Georgetown County, South Carolina
Nearest Towns:
Murrells Inlet, SC (1.0 mi.)
Garden City, SC (2.4 mi.)
Surfside Beach, SC (4.4 mi.)
Bucksport, SC (8.3 mi.)
Socastee, SC (8.6 mi.)
Pawleys Island, SC (10.4 mi.)
Forestbrook, SC (11.8 mi.)
Myrtle Beach, SC (12.0 mi.)
Red Hill, SC (17.9 mi.)
Conway, SC (19.0 mi.)


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  1. All Saints Cemetery, where Alice is buried, is not on the grounds of the Hermitage as this story sugggests. The Cemetery is across the street from the (very) old All Saints Church which is located just inland from Pawley’s Island 10 miles or so south of Murrell’s Inlet.

  2. This story is very true, me and my sister and cousin went there when we were young in our teens and we went to Alice grave put my ring on it and started to walk around it 13 times and a black cat came up and we took off but came back and my ring was gone and now that’s up to y’all if you believe it or not !

  3. Alice Belin Flagg is actually buried in Belin Cemetary. All Saint’s say the stone with Alice’s name on it is just a memorial to her Aunt Alice but people still go there to leave rings for Alice. All Saint’s cemetery is 15 minutes south of the Hermitage. The Hermitage has been moved from it’s original location on the marsh and was relocated around the corner from my home in a local neighborhood. I tell the local stories on my ghost/history tour on the MarshWalk in Murrells Inlet. Miss Chris’ Inlet Walking Tour

  4. Jeremiah Barfield  |  

    We are a small paranormal investigative group who would like to investigate this location. Who would we contact in order to obtain permission?

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