The Healing Spring of Broad River

Shivar Springs Cisterns

•Blair’s Curative Ruins•

I set out on the search for the legendary healing spring located outside a ghost town on the Broad River. Once many years ago, a miraculous spring existed whose mineral water could heal all forms of ailment. People from all over the state swore by its extraordinary abilities. I was determined to find it no matter how difficult.

Carlisle Post Office

Carlisle Post Office

It was over 100 years ago when this story began. It involves a traveling salesman who became ill while selling his trade near what is now called Blair in Fairfield County. Back then it was called Shelton and was just a small town near the Broad River. The salesman’s name was Shivar and as he passed through he became severely ill. So sick that he could not be taken back home. He was to instead recover at the home of a widow by the name of Mrs. Newbill.

Carlisle Post Office

Carlisle Water Tower

Luckily enough for Shivar, the widow owned an extraordinary spring. This spring had been known to have substantiated qualities of the curative sort. The widow allowed Mr. Shivar to drink deep from the spring and soon he found himself more than healed. Mr. Shivar was irrevocably in love. What all powers did this spring have it is not known. For not only had he been restored to health, he found himself enamored with the widow named Mrs. Newbill.

Shivar Springs Cisterns

Inextirpable Grace

As I drove through Carlisle I didn’t see a single person who I could stop to ask. This place seemed empty and completely devoid of life. I wasn’t sure which way to go and I had hoped to learn more of the legend here in this quiet community not far from its supposed location. Luckily, I knew it was located somewhere between here and Blair. So with that I continued along my way.

Shivar Springs Cisterns

Irrevocable

In time I found myself branching off old Cherokee road and parking just down from Bristol Drive. I wasn’t sure which way to go. I knew it was somewhere south from of here. Following along the riverside I walked and walked for what felt like several hours. The leaves drifted down all around me through this endless forest. I was determined to find the spot before night. Somewhere out here hide stone cisterns complete with concrete domes.

Shivar Springs Cisterns

Cistern Beginning

Shivar would claim that the spring could cure everything from Dyspepsia to Gastritis. I don’t have a clue what either one of those illnesses entail and I am very glad. They sound completely horrible. Even the the journey was long and difficult, with some luck and persistence, I did eventually find the cisterns. That is also when I realized that all my time spent walking was for nothing. The cisterns just off a road I had overlooked. As to the truth about Shivar’s claims, I will leave you to find out for yourself someday. Perhaps the spring does contain mysterious benefits, perhaps Shivar’s rapid recovery was contributed more to an attractive face. Either way, make sure you take clayton depot road and not Bristol Drive if you decide to visit yourself someday.

Shivar Springs Cisterns

Intermission

#75 of the Adventure Map

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