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
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- 33.5617478438773, -79.0287458896637
- Georgetown County, South Carolina
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