God’s Acre Healing Springs — Blackville, South Carolina
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God’s Acre Healing Springs are located behind Healing Springs Baptist Church in Blackville on land that has the unusual distinction of being deeded to God. Their mineral waters flow from nearby artesian wells, and the springs have been a source of folklore spanning centuries. Native Americans who lived near this site believed the waters were sacred because of their healing properties.
Stories of the springs’ healing power were perpetuated during the American Revolution. Legend says four British soldiers were severely wounded in a nearby battle at Windy Hill Creek. They, along with two men ordered to bury them when they died, were rescued by Native Americans, who took them to the springs. Six months later, all of the soldiers returned to their post in Charleston, crediting the springs’ water with their miraculous recovery.
Native Americans are said to have sold the springs to a trader named Nathaniel Walker for corn. Walker was also the founder of the adjacent church, which originally was known as Edisto Church after the South Edisto River. The land passed through many hands before it was eventually purchased by Lute Boylston. In 1944, Mr. Boyston decided to deed the land to God so that everyone could enjoy the spring’s healing powers.
Today, South Carolinians continue to hold the site sacred, and many people – especially those who are sick – travel hours to collect water from its humble spigot. The springs are accessible via a paved sidewalk and ramp which takes you directly to the water source, making it completely handicap accessible.
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Contributor Teri Leigh Teed shares her experiences visiting God’s Acre Healing Springs:
“Probably the only property in the country that is deeded to God, Healing Springs is a natural artesian spring that is visited daily for its cool, crystal clear, best tasting waters. Native Americans claimed that the waters had healing properties, hence the name. During the Revolutionary War, wounded British soldiers were left to die. They were nursed back to health with the help of the waters and the Native Americans. The soldiers were eventually healthy enough to rejoin their regiment in the Charleston area. Today, Healing Springs still attracts visitors locally and regionally to partake of the delicious waters, and enjoy the soothing shade of the trees surrounding the springs on the edge of the forest and swamp.
“I have visited this site on many occasions since I first had a picnic here with my mom and brother in July 2005. The renowned Miller’s Bread Basket restaurant is three miles south in Blackville and well worth the drive!”
God’s Acre Healing Springs Info
Address: Springs Court, Blackville, SC 29817 (Take I-20 to exit 18 and go south on SC 19 (Edgefield Road/Laurens Street) for 5.7 miles into downtown Aiken. Turn left onto US 78 (Richland Avenue) and go southeast 32 miles into the town of Blackville. Turn left and go north on SC 3 (Soloman Blatt Avenue) for 2.9 miles. Turn right onto Healing Springs Road (SC 32) and go east a short distance. Turn right onto Springs Court (SC 358), and go south until you reach the Healing Springs.)
GPS Coordinates: 33.39202,-81.27368