Blenheim Mineral Springs - Blenheim, SC
Posted by: NCDaywalker
N 34° 30.604 W 079° 38.844
17S E 624162 N 3819543
Quick Description: Discovered in 1781, the Blenheim Springs provide natural flowing spring continually since. The Blenheim Ginger Ale bottling plant was located immediately next door and used water for their product until the plant burned down.
Location: South Carolina, United States
Date Posted: 8/18/2009 1:52:00 PM
Waymark Code: WM71ER
The springs were discovered purely by happenstance in 1781 while James Spears, a local Patriot, was running from loyalist. He lost his shoe in the chase. He eluded his those chasing him and returned to the site to retrieve his shoe. He drank from the springs and found the water quite refreshing. Word spread of the local springs and the good quality of water it produced. Dr May, a local doctor, invented a concoction for stomach ailments using the water and other ingredients. This would later become known as Blenheim Ginger Ale. As of Oct 29, 2009, there is now an Earthcache at the site, Blenheim Mineral Springs,GC20DQ9.
Public or Private Land?: Public
Public Land Fees?: no fee
Private Land access?: Spring is public land as a historical site.
Please post an original picture of the springs no GPS necessary along with your observations of the spring. What wildlife you saw if any and the condition of the springs. Water level was high, low. The area was clean, trashy ect. Any other knowledge or experiences you have had with this paticular spring that would help document it's history.