Natural Springs Hold a Holy Secret in Rural South Carolina - DatelineCarolina

Natural Springs Hold a Holy Secret in Rural South Carolina

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Visitors to the springs are known to do everything from bathe in them to wash their clothes. Visitors to the springs are known to do everything from bathe in them to wash their clothes.

By Brian Walker

A small town in South Carolina has been attracting both locals and tourists alike for decades now with a very unique attraction.

The God's Acre Healing Springs are natural creeks and springs that rise out of the ground in a forest near Blackville, South Carolina. Ancient legends claim Indians once blessed the springs, granting the water healing powers.

These days visitors come from all over to experience what they believe to be naturally flowing holy water.

"I come once or twice a week to get water," says Priscilla Maybin, who resides in Blackville. "And I have faith and I believe that the water actually heals."

Maybin is not alone, either. The springs have been open for free to the public for years and in recent times they have become a popular spot for both true believers and curious tourists just passing through.

Mary Cyberth is one such tourist.  Seh made the trip from Minnesota with her husband after reading about the springs online.

"We're [here on] our first time to South Carolina," she says. "We wanted to come and see the healing springs."

Whether the springs truly do hold a healing power is up to each visitor to decide. But on any given day you're likely to find people not only drinking the water, but washing clothes with it and even dipping their hair and feet into it.

Vincent Wright resides in Columbia currently, but still makes the trek to the springs just as his mother did a generation ago.

"I grew up coming to the springs as a little kid," says Wright. "My mother [always said] that the water was good for you, that it comes from the earth and heals your body and as I got older...I continued the tradition."

Those interested in visiting the blessed springs for themselves can do so any day of the week free of charge.

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