Hidden along the rural roads is Blackville, home of Healing Springs. This trip is primarily a nice stroll through rural areas. Blackville doesn’t offer much in the way of shopping or antiquing but lunch at Miller’s Bread Basket is a worth the drive.
From Columbia travel up Hwy. 321 to Hwy. 3. Enjoy the rural scenery through Springfield. As you approach Blackville you will start to see the signs for Healing Springs. Turn left on the road and it will take you past the Menonite School. At the springs be sure you have a container for the water. Artesian wells supply legendary mineral waters to pilgrims seeking help for all kinds of ailments. Historical accounts and legend date the springs back to pre-European era when Indians considered the waters sacred and bathed in them for healing when sick or hurt. Tradition relates that during the American Revolution, four mortally wounded British soldiers were left here in the care of two able bodied men until they died and were buried. Six months later, all six returned to their garrison in Charleston, further perpetuating the springs’ legend for healing*. People travel from all over to fill containers with Healing Springs water. Many profess it has healing powers. You be the judge! Talk with some of the visitors there about their healing springs stories.
In Blackville enjoy the laid back pace of this small town. When you get hungry the only place to go is Miller’s Bread Basket. Run by Menonites for the past 25 years, it’s excellent Pennsylvania Dutch food with a Southern touch. Enjoy a cafeteria lunch from 11 am till 2 pm Monday through Saturday and dinner buffet from 5 pm till 8 pm Thursday and Friday. Check out Miller’s Mini Mall with arts, crafts, antiques and some delicious bread for you to take home.
Drive through Barnwell State Park and hike trails, fish and camp.
Blackville sponsors several events including First Saturday in the middle of Main Street.
For the trip home go up Hwy. 3 to Hwy. 78 to Denmark. In Denmark you’ll find Jim Harrison’s Art Gallery, Caroline Collection Antiques and The Diner. Follow Hwy.78 through Norway, Neeses, North and Swansea as you make your way back to Columbia.
- Healing Springs — Springs Court Road
- Miller’s Bread Basket
- Caroline Collection Antiques
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*SC PRT website