South Strand Moms

South Strand Moms Introduction

South Strand Moms Introduction https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=9hhurG5zRhwHello I’m Sarah Lewis and I created South Strand Moms as a way to Inform, Connect, Encourage and Support families in the South Strand area. Our goal and mission is to become a comprehensive resource for families by sharing all of the activities, programs and events that the South Strand has to offer throughout the year. We will also feature articles written by local moms discussing relevant topics and subjects that other parents would like to know about. But to do this I will need your help! On our website we have a place for businesses and organizations to add their promotions and events that families would like to know about. We are always looking for guest submissions, so please consider writing for us. You can simply log on to our website at SouthStrandMoms.com and look for the events page, guest submissions, connect with us and many other options. Won’t you join us?

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Ghosts, Legends and History of the South Strand

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Ghosts, Legends and History of the South Strand By: Christine Vernon Summer has crept passed us and we now enter my favorite time of year-Fall! Although I will miss the warm ocean breezes and the long sunny days, I will not miss the humidity that comes with it. The Fall brings cooler temperatures, pumpkin spice everything and ghost stories. I love a good ghost story and tell quite a few on my ghost and history tour on the Murrells Inlet MarshWalk. But there is something to be said about telling spooky tales around a crackling warm fire late at night while listening to barred owls hoot and leaves rustling in the wind.A favorite story of mine is the tale of Alice Flagg. I live just around the corner from what locals say is our most haunted home in the Murrells Inlet area, The Hermitage. And I love to regale the story of the beautiful young girl who supposedly still haunts her bedroom of the old plantation home. Back in 1849, a small, plantation home was built by the marsh near what is now the Murrells Inlet MarshWalk. It was called the Hermitage and was built by Dr. Allard Flagg and Reverend James Belin. Dr. Flagg decided to invite his widowed mother and his 15 year old sister Alice to come live with him. The legend says that Alice started a romance with a young man in the turpentine industry. Dr. Flagg was not happy about their union. He was a wealthy rice plantation owner and felt the young man wasn’t good enough to marry his sister. So, he sent poor Alice to Charleston to boarding school. While Alice was at school, she became ill. The school contacted Dr. Flagg to fetch her and take her home. It normally takes 2 hours to drive to Charleston today, but in those times it could take 2 or 3 days by horse and carriage. When Dr. Allard picked up Alice, she had a terrible fever. By the time they reached the Hermitage, she was unconscious. He quickly took her to bed and noticed something upon her neck. There was a ribbon. And upon the ribbon was a ring. And not just any ring. She got secretly engaged to the turpentine man. Dr. Allard was quite upset by this betrayal. So, while Alice was asleep, he took the ring off her neck and threw it into the marsh. When he went back upstairs, Allard could hear his sister crying. She begged everyone in the household to help find her ring. But the family knew it was gone forever. And Alice Flagg died a few nights later in her bedroom. Alice’s mother was out of town when her daughter passed away, so Dr. Flagg buried Alice in the backyard until their mother arrived to make proper arrangements. When her mother returned to the Hermitage she had Alice exhumed and took her (according to legend) to All Saint’s Cemetery in Pawley’s Island. If you go to All Saint’s you will see a huge, marble slab on the ground with one name on it…Alice. But, Alice isn’t buried there. It’s actually a memorial stone for her. Alice is actually buried in Belin (pronounced- Blaine) Cemetery in Murrells Inlet. However, she is in an unmarked grave. Maybe her gravestone was washed away in a great storm? So, unfortunately, we may never know where she is buried. But we do know where Alice haunts! Some say she haunts the marsh reeds still searching desperately for her ring. Others have seen a young girl dressed in white walking the halls of the Hermitage, the old plantation home. The home still exists and has been moved from it’s original location by the marsh to a nearby neighborhood. But, some say she haunts, of all places, All Saint’s Cemetery. Even though she is not buried beneath the stone, people by the hundreds go to her memorial and leave her rings, trinkets and gifts. Maybe people feel so bad that Alice could not find her real ring in her life, they leave her rings in death. And I beseech you, please do not go to our cemeteries to talk to the dead. If the dead want to talk to you, they can find you anytime, anywhere. But, I can’t stop you from going to the cemetery to talk to Alice. But, if you do, be warned…you may just wake up her neighbor. And he may take a fancy to you and follow you home. About the Author: Christine (Wannop) Vernon moved to Murrells Inlet, SC in 2005. She was raised in a suburb of Philadelphia, Pa and studied Fine Arts and oil/acrylic painting. In 2015, she became the local storyteller/proprietor of Miss Chris’ Inlet Walking Tour, a ghost/history tour along the Murrells Inlet MarshWalk. She won the 2021/2022 Best of the Beach Awards for Best Land Tour. Christine lectures for museums, schools,sells her artwork at her home studio and is currently working on her 3rd book regarding South Strand legends. Storytelling is a lost art. Pass on your story!

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Educational Opportunities and Programs

On-going educational programs and opportunities: The South Strand area from Andrews to Murrells Inlet is rich in history, art and beauty and several amazing and unique organizations offer on-going educational opportunities. We will add and share these family friendly opportunities that occur throughout the year. Stay tuned and check back often as they get added and revised. HOBCAW BARONY: Hobcaw Barony is a 16,000 acres tract on a peninsula called Waccamaw Neck between the Winyah Bay and the Atlantic Ocean in Georgetown County. Hobcaw Barony is a research institute, rich in history and offering many opportunities for families and children’s programs for continuing education. Their offerings for kids can generally be divided into two categories: field studies and public programs. Field studies are the preK-12 “field trip” offerings; for each grade level, there are two programs (one forest ecology, one social studies) based on SC state standards. You can find a listing here: https://hobcawbarony.org/for-teachers/field-studies-pre-k-12. Field studies are scheduled through the Sara Beth Freytag, Coordinator of Children and Youth Education, and are $5/child; 30-minute virtual adaptations are available for $50. Public programs, on the other hand, are programs offered on specific days and times and vary seasonally. These require reservations through the website: https://hobcawbarony.org/visit/childrens-programs. Currently posted are programs from now until February 2023. The most popular public program is Coastal Ecology Camp. Brookgreen Gardens: Brookgreen Gardens offers many education opportunities for youth and adults. Their field trip curriculums are designed to work with teachers and help them prepare students for their Brookgreen visit and be able to measure what students learned afterward. They offer monthly programs for homeschool students, which gives them an opportunity to visit the Gardens, interact with other students, and learn in a group environment. Children’s Nature & Sensory Trail is located near the Enchanted Storybook Forest and the Whispering Wings Butterfly House. It is free with garden admission. Children ages 6 and above will enjoy “Sensory,” “Information,” “Creative Physical Activity,” and “Unstructured Play” stations that reflect the nature and history of Brookgreen Gardens. Learn more here: https://www.brookgreen.org/creative-education Homeschool Programs here: https://www.brookgreen.org/homeschool-programs School Field Trip opportunities here: https://www.brookgreen.org/school-field-trips Scout Workshop Days here: https://www.brookgreen.org/scout-days   Georgetown County Library System: Andrews Library: 105 N Morgan Street Andrews, SC 29510 Story Time @ Andrews Branch Thursday’s 10:30-11AM  Read, play, sing craft, make friends and have fun! Ages birth to 5 (siblings welcome.) For more information, contact [email protected] Main Georgetown Branch: 405 Cleland StreetGeorgetown, SC 29440 Music Time with Kathy Newton, Lap Baby through age 5, 10AM Mother Goose StoryTime, Lap Baby through age 5, 10AM Family Fun Fridays, 10AM-4:30PM All ages drop -In Legos, board games, arts & crafts, VR Art Class  @ Georgetown Library, 3:30-5PM (ages 6-12) Southern Georgetown Library: 4187 Powell Road Georgetown, SC 29440 Art Class: @ Southern Georgetown Branch, 3:30-5PM (ages 6-12)   Waccamaw Neck Branch: 41 Saint Paul PlacePawleys Island, SC 29585 Storytime @ Waccamaw Neck Branch Wednesday’s 10:30-11AM Read, play, sing craft, make friends and have fun! Ages birth to 5 (siblings welcome.) For more information, contact [email protected] or 843-545-3349. Located in the DeBordieu Auditorium Art Class  @ Waccamaw Neck Branch Thursday, 3:30-5PM, Ages 6-12. Pre-registration required.  To register, contact [email protected] or 843-545-3349. No cost, but registration is required. LEGO Free Build @ Waccamaw Neck Branch Friday, 10AM-5PM Build and play with our large LEGO collection. All ages. For more information, contact [email protected] or 843-545-3349. Located in the Children’s Area

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