God’s Acre Healing Springs – Blackville, South Carolina


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God’s Acre Healing Springs are located in Blackville on land that has the unusual distinction of being deeded to God. Its mineral water flows 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.

God's Healing Spring

Andy Hunter of Denmark, 2013 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Stories of the spring’s healing power were perpetuated during the American Revolution. Legend says four British soldiers were fatally 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 spring’s water with their miraculous recovery.

Healing Springs Blackville

Pamela Bohnenstiehl of Charleston, 2011 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Native Americans are said to have sold the springs to a trader named Nathaniel Walker for corn. 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.

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God's Acre Healing Springs Marker

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God's Acre Historic Marker

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Healing Springs SC

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Healing Springs Entrance

Bill Fitzpatrick of Taylors, 2014 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Make Landy of Leesville at the Healing Springs

Bill Fitzpatrick of Taylors, 2014 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Healing Springs at Christmas

Bill Fitzpatrick of Taylors, 2014 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

God's Acre Healing Springs

Teri Leigh Teed of Camden, 2009 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Reflections on God’s Acre Healing Springs


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 Breadbasket restaurant is 3 miles south in Blackville and well worth the drive!”

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God’s Acre Healing Springs Info


Address: Healing Springs Road, Blackville, SC 29817

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12 Comments about God’s Acre Healing Springs

JaimeNo Gravatar says:
September 15th, 2014 at 11:36 am

I was having trouble getting pregnant and read an article about the springs. My husband and I went to get water and prayed while we were there. I got pregnant that night! I have a beautiful daughter to show for it!

Terry McFallNo Gravatar says:
August 8th, 2014 at 1:47 am

I make the round trip from Charleston whenever I can. This makes the absolute BEST ice. You need at least 5 gallons and nothing but this water. When it is gone, you can tell the difference! And PRAY while you are there.

Bettye ManuelNo Gravatar says:
June 29th, 2014 at 5:42 pm

My son, granddaughter, and I went early one morning just as the sun began to rise. It was one of the most peaceful and pleasant places I’ve ever visited. As I filled my water bottles, I prayed asking God and believing that this water will be a miracles for healing.

PeteNo Gravatar says:
June 6th, 2014 at 12:46 pm

It is a true mineral spring in the sense that the water has more dissolved natural (and healthful) minerals than most stream waters or deep well waters in that general region. It is more like limestone aquifer water. You can get empty clean new gallon milk jugs at the nearby Mennonite Store (on Hwy. 3).

SCIWAYNo Gravatar says:
March 27th, 2014 at 10:24 am

Hi, James. There is a map and address above. Good luck, and let us know if you get any water!

JamesNo Gravatar says:
March 27th, 2014 at 10:15 am

What is the address that will take you to the spring. I would like to vist and get some water.

Dale and TenaNo Gravatar says:
July 20th, 2013 at 3:42 am

We thank God and Mr. Boylston for the dedication of this precious Spring, so that all can come and get artesian water at no charge. It’s a priceless gift.

There’s a small country store on the corner that is a delight to visit as well. We make it a point to stop in each time we come.

KristinaNo Gravatar says:
July 20th, 2013 at 3:39 am

We travel once a month to fill jugs and bring them home. Our local tap water removes the stainless steel coating from our silverware in the dishwasher, so we sure don’t want to drink it!

TonjaNo Gravatar says:
July 11th, 2013 at 6:19 pm

My daughter, who moved from California across the country to SC, took me here once. Such memories!

Donnie JohnsonNo Gravatar says:
July 1st, 2013 at 9:42 am

Greater Beulah Baptist Church of Jacksonville was here to experience the miracles of God’s healing water. What a blessing it is.

Evangelist A. GrahamNo Gravatar says:
January 15th, 2013 at 6:28 pm

Taking some friends to the spring, and we are praying for a blessing.

Felicia HillNo Gravatar says:
August 18th, 2012 at 4:07 pm

My daughter and son-in-law (whose family lives in Blackville) brought me a gallon back. I loved it!!! Begging my husband to take me there next summer, and will bring back to Texas as many jugs as my dually can carry.






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