One of the things we love most about Pawleys Island is its’ history. The area is full of stories and legends that every South Carolinian should know.
If you have not heard of Alice Flagg, grab your coffee and listen closely.
Alice Flagg was born to an upper class family in the early nineteenth century. She fell in love with a man who was not “suitable” for her to marry. His social standing was not acceptable to her family.
Alice’s brother was a prominent doctor and extremely outspoken about his disapproval. Like most sisters, Alice completely ignored her big bro and eventually became “betrothed” to her secret love. Since we live in the 21st Century, let’s use the word engaged.
She hid the engagement by wearing the ring on a necklace around her neck. Once her family found out about the relationship, she was sent to a boarding school in Charleston. Alice eventually came down with malaria and was brought home so her family could care for her. When the brother found the ring around her neck, he took it and threw it away. As her illness progressed, Alice grew delirious (probably compounded by her broken heart) and spent her final days begging for the ring back.
Alice is buried in the Flagg family plot at All Saints Cemetery in Pawleys Island.
Here’s the Legend:
Begin at the right bottom corner of the grave and walk counter-clockwise six times ending at the A in Alice. Repeat the steps clockwise. Place a small token (gift) on top of the stone and make a wish. (I’m not sure how hair ties, mini liquor bottles and Dum-Dum suckers fit into the legend, but whatever). Some even say, if you’re wearing your engagement ring or wedding band, you’ll feel a slight tug on your ring finger.
Whether you believe in ghosts or would rather chalk Alice up to a sad love story, the grave is historical and something you should see when in the area. (Please note, there are several versions of the same story).
All Saints Church, 3560 Kings River Rd, Pawleys Island, SC 29585