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I found this place in Union that may be interesting.  Here is the information on it.
Inn at Merridun Ghost Story
100 Merridun Place, Union, SC (864) 427-7052
http://www.merridun.com/rooms.html (hotels web page)

There are said to be 10 spirits, energy forces, or ghosts that share the Inn at Merridun. These include men, women, children, Native Americans and a white dog. The inn has more recent history of unusual happenings and occasional sightings, and the resident cat talks to "someone" frequently. Still working on the stories....

Would anyone be interested in at least trying to get permission to investigate there?  If so let me know, I can call them.  Or someone that has more experience than me can.  Which ever is fine with me.  It sound like it might me a very active place.  Give me some thoughts on what you guys think?

Teresa From Gaffney
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Re: Interesting place in Union SC that we may want to check out
« Reply #1 on: Oct 30, 2008, 08:18:32 AM »
The link you posted times out so not much information there.  Bonnie is our events coordinator so hopefully she will come along and tell us what she thinks.

Meantime I will do some googling to see what I come up with.  For the most part if places are advertised as having activity, it's not an easy task to get permission because there are so many paranormal groups these days.

Feel free to post any other info you may have about this place.
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Re: Interesting place in Union SC that we may want to check out
« Reply #2 on: Oct 30, 2008, 07:01:49 PM »
The only thing I can get on the web site posted are the rates. As for checking into permission to investigate, I say, before we can plan an event we do need permission and any info that you can get will be great, Tersa.
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Re: Interesting place in Union SC that we may want to check out
« Reply #3 on: Oct 31, 2008, 12:15:55 PM »
Here is the history of the inn, the inn itself does not advertise they have ghost.  I found this information while doing a search on the web for haunted places in South Carolina.  There may not be anything to it, but it would not hurt to see if we can find out more.

Teresa From Gaffney

History of the Inn at Merridun
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.

After inheriting Merridun T.C. Duncan "remodeled" giving the originally patterned Georgian style exterior its characteristics of the classic revival style. The original plain double piazza's with doric columns were replaced with corinthian columns and side wing marble porticos were added, resulting in over 2400 square feet of porch space.
The 7900 square feet Georgian floor plan includes a stunning curved staircase, large foyers on both floors, a music room, parlor, library, dining room, kitchen, 7 bedrooms, multiple bathrooms, and a third story cupola. A brick wing behind the main house once was used as servant's kitchen, well, laundry house, quarters and a smoke house. The carriage barn, located behind the brick wing, still houses the Duncan's carriage; plans for restoration are underway. Unique architectural aspects of this mansion include frescoed ceilings in the music room and dining room, mosaic tiles and turn of the century stenciling and faux graining in the main foyer and beautiful chandeliers.

T.C. and Fannie Duncan had 2 sons (both died at a very young age) and 3 daughters: Medora Eleanor Duncan Fitten (1887-1960), Louisa Merriman Duncan Eaves (1890-1975), Fannie Merriman Duncan (1897-1974). Medora married and moved to Atlanta; Louisa and Fannie lived at Merridun until their deaths. Louisa's only son, Thomas Cary Duncan Eaves and his wife Juliet Caruana Eaves, inherited Merridun; seven generations of the Benjamin Rice family enjoyed the pleasures of Merridun prior to being sold in the summer of 1990. Portraits of Thomas Cary Duncan and his wife, Fannie Merriman Duncan hang in the foyer and parlors.

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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Re: Interesting place in Union SC that we may want to check out
« Reply #4 on: Oct 31, 2008, 12:44:35 PM »
Great history on the house.  I just cannot imagine a porch that is 2400 square feet.  WOW, that is bigger than my house.

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Re: Interesting place in Union SC that we may want to check out
« Reply #5 on: Oct 31, 2008, 04:10:21 PM »
It would be interesting just to see that place.
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Re: Interesting place in Union SC that we may want to check out
« Reply #6 on: Nov 07, 2008, 09:54:11 PM »
Any update on this Teresa?  Sounds like an interesting place.  Might have to stay the night in one of the rooms in order to investigate though.  :cringe:
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