SC's Healing Springs still draw people who believe

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Posted: Dec 24, 2014 11:07 AM
SC's Healing Springs still draw people who believe

BLACKVILLE, S.C. (AP) — More than 230 years after gravely wounded British soldiers swore to its supernatural healing powers, people still flock to drink the water of the Healing Springs near Blackville.

Barnwell County property records say the springs were deeded to the Almighty God in 1944. The county has built about a dozen spigots and the water just keeps flowing.

Even with all the miracles of modern medicine, people still come to the spring for their own personal miracle with everything from 5-gallon buckets to orange juice bottles to insulated mugs.

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The water likely originates underground in the mountains hundreds of miles away and comes to the surface through a crack in the rock created by an earthquake. The Department of Health and Environmental Control tests the water, which receives its highest rating.