Alice’s family was very prominent in Pawley’s Island, South Carolina. When she had her coming-out party, her brother, who was studying to be a doctor, brought a friend who was working his way through school. When he and Alice met, they fell in love.
They got engaged, but because his social standing was so far below that of her family, she was forbidden to see the young man again. She hid her engagement ring on a chain around her neck.
A few months later, Alice caught malaria. Because her family was in Europe at the time, her brother came from Charleston to take care of her. During the course of her delirium, her brother was sponging her down in an attempt to lower her fever when he came across the ring around her neck. He ripped it off her neck and threw it down the stairwell.
Alice went up and down the stairwell looking for her ring, all the while reducing her strength. Within weeks she died from the disease. As she had disgraced her family, her grave was marked with only her first name.
Since her death, a misty figure with a long white dress and long blond hair has been seen around the house where Alice died. They say if you wear a ring and walk the well-worn path around her tombstone backward, you’ll see her ghost rise up, turning the ring on your finger to see if it’s her missing ring.
Adapted from the book Haunted Houses by Corinne May Botz.
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