Horse Properties International


1720 Neal Shoals Road
Union, South Carolina 29379
United States

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  • Price: 769,000 USD Property Area: 11.25 Acres
  • Property Type: Home with existing horse facilities Property Use: Hobby Farm, Hunter Jumper, Dressage, Cutting, Polo, Reining Horses, Riding School, Western Riding, Retired Horses, Horse Rescue, Trail Riding, Horse and Buggy, All Around, Breeding Facility, Cattle Ranch
  • Special Amenities: - Utility Type: Electric, Well, Propane
  • Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 5.10
  • Age: 1852 House Area: 6,500 Sq. Ft.
  • For Sale By: Realtor Architectural Style: Antebellum Colonial


This beautiful Antebellum Colonial home was built of brick in the Carolina plantation-house style in 1852 by Austin Wilson.  It was acquired by the Dr. John Meador in 1857 and owned by the family until 1999. Meador family lore has it that this magnificent edifice escaped the fiery fate meted out by Sherman’s forces to so many of the grand old plantation homes due to its secluded location in the hardwoods of what has become the Sumter National Forest.  Standing on the front porch one can almost see grey-clad soldiers appearing once-again over the rolling hills, seeking food and shelter on the long way home, even as they did in 1865.

Situated on a hillside just outside Union, South Carolina (located between Spartanburg/Greenville, South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina and Charlotte, North Carolina), this magnificent piece of history has been meticulously maintained.  The home and gardens were originally renovated in 1929 by Douglas Meador and again in 1959 it was completely renovated and expanded (the renovation being designed by the Hemphill architectural firm of Columbia, South Carolina) by the grandson of A. D. Meador, Sr.  All of the 1959 work was done in a fashion true to the Colonial style, using original materials where possible and replicas of existing moldings and mantel-pieces where needed. 

Entering the center hallway with its winding staircase reveals two plaster archways, one leading to the right to the formal dining room and the other to the left into the formal living room complete with fireplace, and also gives access to the main east/west hallway. A comfortable den, accessible from the living room or the main hallway, offers built-in bookcases, a fireplace and double French doors leading out to the screened porch overlooking a side fenced pasture. There are four bedrooms (two up, two down), each with its own full bath plus a half bathroom on the first floor. The master suite is on the first floor and boasts a huge fully tiled shower, Jacuzzi tub and his and hers closets. The many closets (some walk-in) provide storage galore. The oversized gourmet kitchen with eat-in alcove has a center island, an informal sitting area and washer and dryer (enclosed within matching custom cabinet and countertop). A comfortably sized roofed deck off the kitchen is perfect for those special outdoor-grilling evenings, and provides the opportunity to observe the abundant wildlife in the main pastures and bands of hardwood to the rear and side. Upstairs are two more bedrooms, a sitting area, many closets, a grand porch overlooking the front lawn and circular driveway as well as pull down access to the large attic storage space.
The heated and cooled lower level boasts a full kitchen (perfect for canning), laundry, full bathroom, a living/game room, large office or fifth bedroom (with fireplace), a garage and a perfect room for the wine lovers prize possessions. This makes this floor completely functional as a separate suite/in-law suite.  

The buildings located on the 11.25 acre site consist of a barn, which boasts four stalls and a tack room as well as power and water, separate garage and a large equipment storage building.  Fenced pastures grace three sides of the house while mature timber frames the acreage.  This piece of history is buffered by over 800 acres of the original family estate. 

50 or more additional adjoining acres, graced by a creek and pond, and including an old barn at the rear of this acreage, refurbished to provide storage for 150 round hay bales, and also provides an additional hint of antiquity. 

For more information or a private viewing of the home contact Sean Schaeffner at 803-635-2114 or email:

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