100 Merridun Place
Union, South Carolina 29379
(864) 427-7052
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History

Merridun, an antebellum mansion listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is surrounded by shady oaks and century old magnolias and is located in the gently rolling upstate region of South Carolina. The nine-acre property is located in the tranquil community of Union, South Carolina. The mansion, although very secluded, is only 3-4 blocks from the main section of downtown Union.

Now one of the most regal homes in this city of colonnaded mansions, the originally Georgian styled house was built in 1855-57 by William Keenan, a local merchant and {also intendant (mayor) of Union} in 1855. The property at that time included 4000 acres and was known as Keenan Plantation.

The house and property were acquired in 1876 by Benjamin H. Rice, a local Union lawyer. He had inherited a plantation in the Buffalo area known as Pleasant Grove, which adjoined the Keenan property. At the time of purchase, the house in Union became their town home on this 8000 acre estate; cotton was the main industry of the plantation. Some major renovations were done to the home in the early 1880's.

In the Early 1880's Thomas Cary Duncan (1862-1928), son of Bishop W.W. Duncan and Medora Rice Duncan, moved to Union to live and work with his grandfather, B.H. Rice. In 1885 T.C. Duncan brought his bride Fannie Merriman (1863-1948) of Greenwood, SC to live in Union. T.C. Duncan inherited the house from his maternal grandparents and renamed it "Merridun"- a combination of three family names that graced this ancestral home (Merriman, Rice, Duncan).

In 1893 T.C. Duncan, almost single-handedly restored Union to its former position of wealth and prestige by introducing the textile industry to the city. He built the first successful cotton mill within sight of this mansion. A political and industrial leader, he served in the South Carolina House of Representatives from 1892-94 and 1916-18 and is also responsible for constructing the mill in Buffalo, Union's B.U.C. Railroad and hydro-electric plant.

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