Merridun is an antebellum mansion and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. I had a little bit of trouble finding this place. Only one small sign shows where it is and it is located just around the block from downtown Union.
This Georgian style house is in serious disrepair today. I knocked on the front door and waited around for someone to come around. No one ever did. I had tried contacting the owner prior to arriving with little success. I have heard wonderful things about the conditions of the rooms. Most people who come to Merridun enjoy their stay. I do hope that restorations can be made to the exterior soon.
The only company that I had was that of a talkative orange and white cat. So at least I didn’t feel alone standing in front of this uncanny home which dates all the way back to 1855. It was originally built by William Keenan and included 4000 acres of land. I guess that means that a great deal of what is downtown Union was once part of the plantation.
After a while, I gave up on anyone coming to the door. I decided it would be best to just snap a few photos of buildings exterior and be on my way. The house exchanged hands a few times between 1855 and 1885 when it was renamed “Merridun”. It seems to be a combination of three family names: Merriman, Rice, and Duncan. Of course, I feel like this Rice fellow got cheated here. Merriman is both MER and RI. Of course, I don’t blame the owner for that since Merriman was his wife.
The Inn at Merridun is a highly rated Bed and Breakfast located in Union, South Carolina.