1855 Greek Revival – Union, SC – $350,000

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Added to OHD on 1/10/17   -   Last OHD Update: 7/23/20   -   28 Comments
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100 Merridun Pl, Union, SC 29379

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  • $350,000
  • 6 Bed
  • 6.5 Bath
  • 5738 Sq Ft
  • 8.99 Ac.
Have you dreamed of owning a piece of history? Possibly a bed and breakfast or your own private mansion? Well this is your chance...Merridun or The Inn at Merridun was opened in 1992 by the current owners. It is an 1855 Georgian/ Greek Revival home listed on the National Register of Historic Homes which epitomizes Southern grandeur, charm and hospitality. This beautiful home is in need of lots of work and new energetic owners to continue restoration of its old bones and to respect its storied past. This stately mansion sits in the middle of 8.99 acres, yet only a 5 minute walk to downtown Union. The home features over 5000 square feet with 5 guest rooms, innkeeper's quarters, 6.5 baths, a commercial kitchen (SC Restaurant License), large dining room, tea room/parlor, fresco-ed ceilings, curved stairway, mosaic tiles in foyer, and magnificent chandeliers and light fixtures. There is a brick wing, 3 outbuildings and a greenhouse. This grand old home needs new owners who are ready to work and breath new life into it. Call Kenny O'Shields for a private showing at 864-426-2151.
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Kenny O'Shields, New Horizon Realty
(864) 427-0048
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28 Comments on 1855 Greek Revival – Union, SC – $350,000

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  1. SueSue says: 1111 comments
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    1802 Cape
    ME

    They are allowed to use this as an Inn in this state of disrepair? How does it pass inspection?
    Truly this is a beauty and on a good amount of land as well. When I look at the outside issues my head swims with what it would cost to repair. I wonder what needs to be done inside? That mosaic floor in the entrance way is to die for. With a delicate hand, finished this will be a magazine show place.

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    • RosewaterRosewater says: 6692 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Actually Sue, this is just the kind of place I like to stay! I’m not fond of the decorated to within an inch of their life, pseudo museums, full of scary wallpaper, and kept by someone wound as tight as a clock spring. Give me the slightly schlumpy, (and still well preserved), kind of place where you feel comfortable wandering around; and might end up having one too many with the fun owners out on the porch of an evening. But that’s me 🙂

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  2. Lissie says: 238 comments

    Greek Revivals are my favorite and this is a diamond in the rough. The outside needs work and the kitchen does too, at least replace the stove.

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  3. BethanyBethany says: 3431 comments
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    1983 White elephant
    Escondido, CA

    What a fascinating post! I too was alarmed at the condition of the exterior, and yet the interior is still clearly set up as an inn or b & b. ??? I would adore this place, if only it were about 2000 miles closer to me 🙁

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  4. Graham says: 142 comments

    A grand old house that should be saved. I looked at the outside pictures and see braces holding things up, and places that could use braces that don’t have any. Hopefully one of this site’s more experienced folks will chime in and give some insight into what is really going on from a structural point of view.

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  5. Rick H. Veal says: 44 comments

    I live about 45 minutes away from this place and if some one buys it, it will likely have to be as a single family dwelling. Union County is one of the poorest counties in South Carolina with little opportunity for employment. When the mills left, they took life with them 🙁

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  6. RossRoss says: 2411 comments
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    1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
    Emporia, KS

    My 1894 house is surrounded with expansive original porches. Not long ago they looked like the porches on this house.

    Slowly, carefully, and for less than you might think, they are being brought back to life, and today look SO much better. All that now needs doing is finishing the railings, and recreating the original beefy lattice.

    What is nice about the house here is that it looks in move-in condition. The porches can be restored over time, ideally with one experienced carpenter doing the work in phases, or experienced owner

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    • Robert Headley says: 7 comments

      Ross it is heartening to read your comments. We are considering buying it and I thoughts were it isn’t as bad as it appears missing a column and facia issued above where it should connect as well as other missing boards along the east side of the houses back porch. I found out a replica column is 6k shipped from California. I believe in not replacing any wood except was is missing or rotted.

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  7. RosewaterRosewater says: 6692 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    I’ve never seen tin ceilings used on a porch in that manner. I don’t care for their use IN antique houses, but that really works and I like it! Looks like it’s installation was considered when the porch was built and not an afterthought. Really a fantastic effect; and so lovely in haint blue.

    Looks like the whole house is full of really great light fixtures, (especially if you like crystal). I’ll bet the whole upper floor still has all of it’s gas/electroliers, owing to the few shown. The one in the upper hall with all of it’s original rosy fade shades is DYNOMITE!

    • Robert Headley says: 7 comments

      The tin porch ceiling where put in probably during the Georgian beginnings of this house when the inheritor altered the house in the current fad of greek revival. another remake with elecrifing was done in 1890’s and hopefully all updated after the 1960’s.

  8. Zoomey says: 523 comments

    The failing porches made me expect a tattered interior, but the inside of this grand house looks like it’s in good shape. I love the Palladian windows. They remind me of ones I saw in a Virginia plantation house I visited as a child. I can never get that beautiful house out of my mind! Aside from the porches, this house doesn’t look like it needs much work aside from refreshing the kitchen and cleaning out all that stuff so the architecture shines through. I love the gigantic dining room and the chandeliers. Wish I had the energy to own such a palatial house. Just walking through the rooms must be a pleasure.

  9. Frann H Harrison says: 13 comments

    That exterior is an accident waiting to happen. I can’t believe they are allowed to stay open. Interior looks like it needs some help too. The kitchen would be closed by the health inspector around here.

  10. CharlestonJohn says: 1093 comments

    There appears to be two periods of construction here. The porches were likely added around the first decade of the 20th century. These huge Corinthian columns were popular in the South on Classical Revival houses, and the porch construction with a first story wraparound porch and a temple type two story front porch is common for circa 1900 Classical Revival design in SC. Kelly has featured several examples in the past including in Cameron, SC and Sumter, SC.

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  11. Sean Craft says: 37 comments

    Heavily altered from its Greek Revival origins but still interesting. Here is a link to the history of the house and better pix. https://www.rootsandrecall.com/union/buildings/100-merridun-place/

    • Diane says: 534 comments

      Interesting to see the porch supports were in place in the 2011 pictures, too. Long time to be temporary. Question: Would it be more prudent, historically and financially, to take the porches off?

  12. Colleen Johnson says: 1061 comments

    What a grand old Lady! If I were 20 years younger and American LOL!

  13. says: 99 comments

    After some clean up, I wouldn’t use it for a B&B – I would move in! Looks like a fun project home.

  14. Darragh Brady says: 7 comments

    This looks like serious damage from a leaky roof! and it appears all around the house- this not be cheap. But what a beautiful example of this type of home- hope someone snaps it up that has the bucks to repair correctly.

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  15. Mark M says: 9 comments

    Now this is one that I can speak to. I am a Charleston based Architect and I own a similar antebellum urban plantation home a couple blocks away from this one. When word got out that I was restoring my property, I was approached by people in the community to inquire if I would also take on this property. Unfortunately that would be one too many personal projects to tackle at once. I was told the current owner is a lady who is getting older and is unable to maintain the large structure. From my experience here, knowledgeable and skilled craftsmen in historic restoration is lacking in this part of the state. There are plenty of qualified craftsmen in the Charleston area, but they have too much local work there to entice them to travel upstate. Perhaps that has contributed to the current state of this property. I do not know if it is currently open for business, but as stated by others, the condition of the exterior would likely prevent that. Formerly known as the Keenan plantation, it was the centerpiece of a 4000 acre cotton plantation. The porticos were added at a later date. Ranked 29th out of 46 counties in per capita income,Union County is relatively poor compared to the State’s urban counties but I would argue that is true of most rural areas. As my practice is based in Charleston, I cannot speak to local employment availability. What I can say is that it is a sleepy town. There just isn’t a lot to do. However that may be exactly what some buyers are looking for. I believe most locals travel to Spartanburg for entertainment. Once renovated, could it continue as a bed and breakfast? Perhaps. The city has approached me in the past to suggest that I turn my property into a bed and breakfast, a change that I do not wish to pursue, but that would suggest that there is a vacancy in that type of use. The rural nature of the county has preserved a number of similar antebellum structures dotted throughout downtown. In addition to my restoration efforts, another Architect from North Carolina is restoring a plantation home outside of town. Hopefully more like minded people will do the same with this property.

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    • Pamela says: 1 comments

      Dear Mark, I hope all is well with you. I am actually considering purchasing the Merridun Inn. I wanted to know if you would be willing to give me a call?

      • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11871 comments
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        1901 Folk Victorian
        Chestatee, GA

        If he replies back (not sure he’ll get the notification), I’ll exchange your phone number with him privately so you won’t have to post it.

  16. Jason says: 25 comments

    I agree that how they are open in that shape is abhorrent but maybe they aren’t. The street view is interesting. They have what seems to be an entire city street going through their property which is maybe 30 ft from the front door. I wonder if you can gate off the entrance but being an actual city street maybe not.

  17. says: 32 comments

    This home reminds me of a wonderful book that dissects the history of home architecture. “The Old Way of Seeing” by Jonathan Hale. Great read for history/architecture buffs.

  18. Dano says: 103 comments

    What parts of this would have been original? Guessing it had four big columns and the portico but anything else? On the curved upper part of the Grand staircase I don’t see spindles on one side, is this unusual? I’m klutz so If I had it it would have to. Wonder if the missing pillar is on the property? I doubt they have any at Lowe’s or H deposit lol and if theyou did it would be partial board dipped in plastic.. inside looks good but seems pricey for the area,sure hope someone with a love of old homes can fixer up.

  19. Michael Mackin says: 2665 comments

    Somebody tell me they saved the missing front column. I’ve seen where they can be rebuild.

  20. Julie B. says: 45 comments

    I suppose this is why I poke around on OHD. I scroll down and my imagination runs wild. Splendid. There’s just no other word for this home. Enjoyed Mark M’s commentary.

  21. JimHJimH says: 5102 comments
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    Open for business. If I needed a place to stay in the area, I’d gladly step through the construction or use a back door just to see the place, and to sample Peggy Waller’s cooking. She’s a local institution and I doubt the town would shut her down unless it was seriously dangerous, which it doesn’t appear to be. If I were buying the place, I’d insist Peggy stay on to cook, whether it was open to the public or not. Salmon salad with creamy onion soup, please.
    https://www.facebook.com/InnatMerridun/posts/

    After dinner under the frescoed ceiling and a stroll on the veranda, I think any notion of removing them to backdate the place would seem absurd, like demolishing Bernini’s improvements to St. Peter’s.
    The cost and expertise required to buy and preserve this piece of history will be substantial, and worth it for some lucky soul who can take it on. Wish it was me.
    https://focus.nps.gov/AssetDetail/NRIS/74001883

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  22. Louise Hockenson says: 1 comments

    It really is quite stunning! Someone would need a good budget and stick to the historical design or footprint. Thanks for sharing, Love it!

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