Local Legend: The Gray Man
Legend has it that Pawleys Island is haunted. The story goes that back in the early 19th century, a wealthy planter on his way to propose marriage, was thrown from his horse into quicksand and killed. A couple days later, his love was walking on the beach and saw a gray apparition. As she approached the figure, she recognized him as her lover, but when she drew near, he disappeared.
That night she had a vivid nightmare in which she was caught in a storm at sea. Taking it as a sign, the next day she and her family left Pawleys Island for the mainland, just in time to escape a deadly hurricane.
Then in 1893, The Gray Man was spotted again and immediately afterwards a famous storm hit Magnolia Beach just north of Pawleys.
The Gray Man's appearance came to be associated with impending hurricanes. Those who heeded his warning found that they and their property were spared. The Gray Man was also sighted before Hurricane Hugo in 1989, and was the subject of an episode of the television program "Unsolved Mysteries".
There's a church on the island...
There's a church on the island called Mission Church (I think?) and it's open on Sunday mornings for services.