UNION — The Union County Health Care Foundation will sponsor its annual Christmas Tour of Homes from 4-8 p.m. Saturday.
One of the homes on the tour is the Meador Home, located at 1739 Neal Shoals Road in Union. The home is the current residence of Wayne and Sharrie Wallace.
This antebellum home — originally owned by Dr. William Thompson — was built in 1852 and later sold to John Meador in 1857. The original house was designed as a brick “Federal Style Colonial” and its original characteristics still remain today. The 7,000-square-foot home consists of five bedrooms, four fireplaces, six bathrooms, a three-room attic and a basement with full living quarters. There are also barns and a pond on the property.
The Meador Plantation — as it has come to be known — was historically a cotton and corn plantation. During the “War Between the States,” many footsore and tired Confederate Soldiers would pass by the house on their way home and ask to bed down in the barn. John Meador would insist they sleep inside the house where he gave them a meal and, after breakfast, “bade them God speed” as they left. It was also reported that a “schoolmarm” held class for area children in the three-room attic.
Throughout time and over the years, The Meador Plantation was transformed into a dairy farm with an assortment of crops and farm animals on its nearly 1,000 acres. Today, the plantation is a cattle and horse farm on 62 acres of land.
In the mid-1950s, A.D. Meador Sr. renovated the “Big House” and held an open house for the community. Many of the Meador family still live in Union and the surrounding area and the descendants are still welcome to visit.
The house has many antiques. Some originally from the Meador’s include kitchen, sewing, luggage items and pictures. The current owners, Mike and Sharrie Wallace, came to Union from California and Arizona. The kitchen and den are decorated with their furnishings of Western Cowboy and rustic Mexican decor.
Tickets are $15 per person and are available at Wallace Thomson Hospital, WBCU Radio Station, Paradise Home Center, Midway BBQ, Forest Street Grill and Lockhart Cafe.