A History of the Springs and Surrounding Area
by Raymond P. Boylston, Jr.
The story of the springs, from the first time it burst the ground’s surface thousands of years ago to the present. Prehistoric descriptions of the land, animals and the springs are provided to give the reader a picture of how the springs were formed. One of the first settlers in the area, Nathaniel Walker, learned about the springs from the Indians and purchased the springs. He was also the founder of what would become the Healing Springs Baptist Church. Over the next 300 years those living around the springs were involved in the French and Indian War, the Revolutionary War, the cotton economy, slavery, the railroad, the Civil War, Reconstruction, World War I and World War II. Each of these events had an impact on the people living around the springs and in Blackville. In 1944, Lute Boylston, cousin of the author and owner of Healing Springs, deeded the springs to the “Almighty God” for the use of all people forever. Carloads of people have been coming to the springs with the plastic bottles, believing in the water's healing power.
286 pages. 2005. ISBN 0-87844-175-1, Softcover $9.95
From the Foreword:
Healing Springs existed long before the first humans arrived in
North America. When the springs began to flow, the land along present-day South
Edisto River was quite different from what it is now. The ocean had receded for
the last time leaving the landscape high and dry. Tall grass covered rolling
hills and waved in the gentle breezes. Animals of all types and description,
many extinct today, wandered the countryside. The skies were filled with birds
of every kind flying in large flocks in all directions.
As more and more
Europeans arrived and settled on farms, the native Americans
grew concerned. Their hunting grounds were being taken away
and they began dying by the thousands from white man's
diseases. Finally they began to fight back, but it was too
late. There were too many white people and the Indians were
too weak. Over the centuries, they became involved in the
white man's wars, fighting not only white men but other
In 1944 the owner of Healing Springs, Lute
Boylston, deeded the springs to Almighty God for the use of
all people for all time-as it should be! The springs have
flowed steadily, except for a brief period during the
drought of 2002. Some local citizens believe the increased
use of farm irrigation wells in the area has reduced the
Healing Springs water flow. Throughout thousands of years
years animals and humans of all sizes and distinctions have
drunk from the springs. This book tells the story of the
springs and its inhabitants.
Raymond P. Boylston
Raymond Powell Boylston, Jr.,
is a South Carolina native, born January 28, 1930, in Aiken. Most of his early
life was spent with his grandparents, Samuel and Olive Boylston of Springfield,
South Carolina. Ray Boylston descended from the Boylstons and Reeds who settled
in the Healing Springs area, along the South Edisto River just north of
Blackville and drank from the cool springs.
In 1995, Boylston and his brother Sam, of Columbia, South Carolina, wrote the
"Boylston Family History," which was the source of much information for this
book. Ray Boylston is also the author of Butler's Brigade published in 2001,
which describes the Confederate Cavalry Brigade in which his great-great uncles
from Healing Springs served during the Civil War. He published in 2004 Edisto
Rebels at Charleston, a book about two other great-great-uncles from Healing
Springs who served in the Confederate Artillery on James Island near Charleston
and in North Charleston.
Boylston graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1951, then served
in the Army Chemical Corps during the Korean War. He was employed by the DuPont
Company for twenty-two years in South Carolina, Delaware, and North Carolina. In
1973 he became Director of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for
North Carolina. Leaving OSHA in 1977, he served about two years as Safety
Director for the American Textile Manufacturer's Institute. Thereafter, until
his retirement in 1994, he served as vice president and president of ELB and
Associates, Inc., of Chapel Hill, a safety and health consulting firm. During
that period, he was an instructor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel
Boylston served on the Aiken County Historical Commission and authored a booklet on "The Battle of Aiken." An inscription by him about the battle is engraved on the battle monument in Aiken. He served as president of the American Society of Safety Engineers and is a fellow in that organization. Boylston is a member of the North Carolina Writers Network and the Raleigh Civil War Roundtable. He lives with his wife Bobbie in Raleigh, North Carolina. They have three children, seven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
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