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Merridun, Union County (100 Merridun Pl., Union)
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Facade Left Oblique Portico Detail Corinthian Columns
Fresco Detail
North Parlor
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Fresco Detail
Dining Room

Merridun is a large antebellum house featuring a massive two-storied portico with Corinthian columns that shelters a one-story veranda that extends partially around both sides of the house. The veranda has a brick floor, pressed tin ceiling, Corinthian columns, and roof balustrade. Built ca. 1855 by W. J. Keenan, Merridun was considerably altered around the turn of the century. The house now presents a Classical Revival appearance that somewhat conceals its origins as a large but simple Georgian-styled house. Outstanding features of the house are the frescoed ceilings in the north parlor and dining room, and the Italian mosaic floor in the downstairs hall. One of Merridun’s previous owners, Thomas Duncan, built the first industrial mill in the area in 1893, the Union Cotton Mill. Duncan also built the Buffalo Cotton Mill, the Union and Glenn Springs Railroad and the hydroelectric plant at Neal Shoals in conjunction with his textile operations. Duncan’s political career included terms as Mayor of Union, a South Carolina Representative, and a South Carolina Senator. Listed in the National Register June 20, 1974.

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