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The Union County Tourism Commission would like to welcome you and thank you for visiting

Union County, South Carolina.  As you experience our many great attractions, you will also come to

understand that there is more to see and experience while you're here.  Our hospitality that we offer

to you is simply our standard way of living.  With this premise, you are considered family.

So come enjoy Union County and all of our unique treasures!

HISTORY

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OUTDOORS

For the outdoor enthusiast, Union County offers considerable resources for hunting, boating, fishing, camping, or simply relaxing in the great outdoors.  Nearly 62,000 acres of the County have been reserved as part of the Sumter National Forest, which is nationally known for its abundance of deer and wild turkey.  Thousands of hunters converge on Union County each year to take part in some of the best hunting in the country.

The scenic Broad River flows through Union County and the Upstate of South Carolina, not only providing electricity, but serving as a recreation source for those who enjoy canoe trips, sliding past pine forests and getting an opportunity to enjoy nature up-close.  A 24-mile stretch along the Tyger River in Union County is designated as the Tyger River Float Trip and a 30-mile stretch along the Enoree River provides another enjoyable boating excursion for those who love the water and nature.  The Palmetto Trail, a hiking and camping path which stretches from the mountains to the Atlantic coast will cross a 25-mile length of Union County when completed. Fishermen enjoy the county's five lakes where they fish for bream, bass, and catfish.  In addition to lake access, the Broad, Tyger, Pacolet, and Enoree rivers offer fishing access as well.

Wander The Outdoors In Union County

Union County, SC is centrally located between Charlotte, Greenville and Columbia -- with Charlotte one and a half hours northeast, and both Greenville and Columbia a little over an hour east and southeast, respectively.  Union County makes a great day trip from all locations!  Plan out your trip by viewing the map below and

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We are delighted to have you as our guests!  Whether you're in the area looking for a nice weekend get-away, or even if you are in town to experience some ball games, racing events, and our rich historical attractions -- our Hotels and Bed N' Breakfast establishments will offer you wonderful amenities. Local produce, southern home cooking, a family environment, and what we are known for most, our hospitality are all here waiting for you.  We look forward to seeing you soon!

ACCOMMODATIONS

  • Quality Inn

    The Quality Inn® hotel in Union lets you relax and focus on the people and experiences you came for. We're conveniently located off U.S. Route 176 near the Union County Dragway.

     

    Each guest room offers a refreshing shower, microwave, refrigerator, coffee maker and hair dryer, along with an iron and ironing board. Your Q Bed features a comfortable, premium mattress and linens, a generous supply of fluffy pillows and a soft, plush blanket—because we know how much you value a good night’s sleep. Ask about our oversized suites that come with kitchenettes and hot tubs.

     

    315 N. Duncan Bypass, US 176, Union, SC, 29379

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  • Nights Inn

    This hotel is located 15 minutes’ drive from the Sumter National Forest. Free Wi-Fi is provided to all guests.

     

    A microwave and a small refrigerator are found in each simply decorated room at the Nights Inn Union. Rooms are also equipped with cable TV and an en suite bathroom.

     

    A 24-hour reception is available to the guests of the Union Nights Inn. Coffee is available in the lobby. Air conditioning is offered throughout the hotel.

     

    The Big Buck Racing Track is 12 minutes’ drive away.

     

    481 Fairwood Blvd., Union, SC, 29379

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  • Magnuson Hotel

    The Magnuson Hotel Union, formerly Palmetto Inn, is located near University of South Carolina Regional Campus, Union County Museum, Buffalo Motor Speedway, Woods Ferry Recreation Area, Chester County Fairgrounds, Spartanburg Science Center and Croft State Park.

     

    The Magnuson Hotel Union offers guests an outdoor pool, free airport shuttle, free Continental breakfast served from 6:30 am to 10 pm, free high-speed wireless Internet access, fax/copy service, free parking with room for large vehicles, wakeup service, meeting facilities and small pets are accepted with additional charges.

     

    Guest rooms may offer free high-speed wireless Internet access, cable TV with extra stations, microwave, mini-fridge, free local calls, air conditioning and electronic door locks.

     

    1235 South Duncan Bypass, Union, SC 29379

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  • 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.

     

    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.

     

    100 Merridun Place, Union, South Carolina 29379

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  • Fowken Farm

    Over the last seventy years, Fowken Farm has grown into a touch of seed stock for much of the states, producing high quality, pure-bred Polled Hereford Cattle. The Hereford Breeders recognized Mr. Norris Fowler, also known as Buddy, by electing him to the Hereford Breeders Hall of Fame. Today, Norris Fowler, Jr., and his family continue the tradition of raising exemplary cattle.

     

    To complete any hunting trip, Fowken Farm offers lodging in a beautifully decorated historical home built in 1912. The authentic architecture of the home will take one back to a more relaxed time while offering modern amenities. Lodging includes four bedrooms, two and one half bathrooms, a dining room, full kitchen, day room and living room.

     

    To top off this charismatic setting is a front porch ready to be enjoyed by all. Meals may be provided if arrangements are made in advance.

     

    328 Fowken Farm Road, Jonesville, SC

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RESTAURANTS

Places To Stay In Union County

Main Street Junction is Union County's newest venue.  This multi-purpose facility can accommodate events and activities such as weddings, receptions, family reunions, corporate meetings, dances, comedy shows and fashion shows. It features a catering kitchen, restrooms, and a banquet area downstairs. There is also a covered veranda and the back stairs allow access to a fenced-in ornamental park. The reception area has two flat screen TVs, chairs, sofa and tables as well as an elevator. Two offices, a kitchenette, a conference room with a flat-screen TV, restrooms, bridal dressing room and a flex room are on the second floor.

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107 E. Main Street, Union, SC 29379

Visit A Venue In Union County

Be sure to check out the events calendar and latest news below to be a part of the happenings in Union County!

Union County, SC is home to multiple motorsports facilities and a state-of-the-art sports complex.  Each motorsports facility showcases everything from GNCC off-road bike and ATV racing to NHRA sanctioned drag racing shows.  The Timken Sports Complex has a total of seven ball fields and two batting cages available with turf surfaces, not to mention a game room, parent lounge, lighted walking trail and a fenced playground.  There is always something to see and do while experiencing the action in Union County -- come join in the fun!

Experience The Action In Union County

Union County Dragway

Big Buck

Team Aruba Racing

Timken Sports Complex

Union County Stadium

Union County Fair

Union County Dragway

 

In February 2009 the Union County Dragway began its inaugural season as Union County's newest motorsports park.  The racing facility is located off Highway 215 in the Santuc community.

 

The 1/8-mile track, with 750 feet of concrete, measures 2,500 feet in length and is 60 feet wide. Lights are installed every 75 feet, making the track well lit for night racing. There is seating for 1,600 spectators, while more can watch from a tailgating area.  The width, length and concrete make the track special, with an extra 700 feet at the end of the strip there is plenty of stopping area that other tracks simply don't have.

 

The facility also features two food and beverage concessions, not to mention a tower that includes suites for guests and sponsors.  The Union County Dragway also features the state of the art timing system in COMPULINK.

 

READ MORE about the Union County Dragway joining the NHRA.

 

 

2102 Santuc Carlisle Hwy, Union, SC 29379

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Big Buck

 

America's largest off-road motorcycle and ATV racing series held right here in the Upstate, at the Big Buck Farm in Union County.

 

1997 saw the first Big Buck Grand National Cross Country held in Union County, SC and the 2015 VP Racing Fuels Big Buck GNCC is the nineteenth. In that time over 19,000 riders from all over the world have participated in the Big Buck GNCC events.

 

The Big Buck course presents the standard GNCC obstacles: everything from tight woods, to fields, creek crossings, rocks and hill climbs. It’s a fast, wide-open course, but definitely not easy! The field sections are very fast and they get chopped up and rough as the weekend goes on, so you need to have your suspension dialed in.

 

170 Red Barn Rd, Union, SC 29335

Official Website

GNCC Racing

Team Aruba Racing

 

The Pro/Stock drag racing team sponsored by the Island of Aruba established its North American base in Union County in 2008.

 

They came to Union because the climate was good, the area is motorsports-friendly, and are centrally located on the East Coast -- the location is right between Greenville, Columbia and

Charlotte, so any of the three airports are less than an hour away.

 

"While access to highways was important, it was the people of Union County and their commitment to motorsports that was the deciding factor in the team's decision to locate here.  Union County's enthusiasm for motorsports helped make it the U.S. home base for Team Aruba"

- Ven Eaman (owner)

 

 

2334 Whitmire Hwy, Union, SC 29379

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Timken Sports Complex

 

The Timken Sports Complex is a top-notch facility in Union, South Carolina.  We have a total of seven ball fields.  There are four fields that are 215’ in left, center, and right.  These fields can be used for youth baseball and fast pitch softball.  There are two fields that are 300’ in center, and 280’ in left and right.  These fields can be used for boy’s baseball and slow pitch softball.  We have one championship field for baseball.  This field is 375’ in center, and 320’ in left and right.  Each field has two bullpens that are fenced in for the players' and fans' safety.

 

The facility has a 4,900 square foot North main tower, and a 1,800 square foot South main tower that include concessions in each tower, bleacher sunshades, amply-sized air conditioned restrooms, family restrooms, a game room, a parent lounge, and a press facility.  The other features, such as the irrigation and lighting systems, make the new complex a top notch baseball and softball facility.

 

Two batting cages are also available with turf surfaces and a Jugs softball and baseball machine available for rent.  There is a .833 mile long, lighted walking trail that surrounds the park. It is available for use before, during, between, or after games.  Children of all ages will enjoy the fenced playground area as well.

 

725 Rice Ave Exn, Union, SC 29379

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Union County Stadium

 

The Union County Stadium provides facilities for a number of programs and events throughout the year. The stadium is the home field of the Union High School Yellow Jacket football and baseball teams and the Union American Legion baseball team.

 

During the year the stadium is also used for concerts, festivals, rallies, band contests, car washes, flea markets, wrestling, carnivals, and graduation exercises sponsored by non-profit, charitable, and commercial organizations.

 

1000 Kirby St, Union, SC 29379

Official Website

Union County Agricultural Fair

 

For over 100 years, The Union County Agricultural Fair Association has presented an excellent carnival to the citizens of Union and Surrounding counties. The fair is a week long event held at the Union County Fair Grounds. The 2017 Fair is going to be the biggest and best that we have had in years. The carnival is provided by Family Attraction Amusement Co.  Entertainment is scheduled throughout the week as well.

 

120 Kirby St, Union, SC 29379

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Historic downtown Union is filled with specialty shops, friendly people, beautiful architecture and much more.  You will be pleasantly surprised as you take a stroll down our beloved Main Street seeing all it has to offer.  On your tour, you will embark upon historical buildings such as a Robert Mills designed old jail house, the Union County Museum, not mention a little shopping in between. As you plan your trip to Union County, be sure to visit the following landmarks that have been vital to our history and visit our museum to learn more about how our county came to be.

Reenactment at The Cross Keys Plantation

 

The Cross Keys Living History event takes place annually during the last weekend in April.  The Union County Historical Society presents the reenactment of President Jefferson Davis' stop at the Cross Keys house followed by a live military skirmish. It is free to the public.

 

163 Old Buncombe Rd, Union, SC  29379

  • Rose Hill Plantation
    Rose Hill Plantation
  • Rose Hill Plantation
    Rose Hill Plantation
    In the days following the election of President Abraham Lincoln, South Carolina Gov. William Henry Gist was characteristically blunt: “The only alternative left, in my judgment, is the secession of South Carolina from the Federal Union.”

    Today, Rose Hill Plantation State Historic Site stands as a fine example of plantation homes of the South, and its purpose is to interpret the life and legacy of the man history has come to know as the “Secession Governor.”

    The son of a Charleston merchant, William Henry Gist rose from modest beginnings to be elected governor of South Carolina in 1858. By then he had come to accept the belief that South Carolina could protect slavery only by withdrawing from the Union.

    Today, visitors can tour one of the finest plantation homes of the South, walk the elegant grounds, admire its beautiful rose gardens and explore other original plantation buildings. The site also includes a short hiking trail down to the Tyger River.

    2677 Sardis Rd, Union, SC 29379
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  • Cross Keys House
    Cross Keys House
  • Cross Keys House
    Cross Keys House
    Built from 1812 to 1814 by Barrum (Barham) Bobo, the Cross Keys House is one of the oldest and most significant homes in Union County and the entire Upstate of South Carolina. The house was majestically located on a knoll at the intersection of two historic roads; the Old Buncombe Road (or Charleston Road) and Old Ninety-Six (also known as the Old Piedmont Stage Road). Two old milestones indicating the distances to Union and Columbia remain in front of the house. The house was a prosperous plantation that also provided a welcome stop for travelers.

    Tradition supported by diaries hold that Jefferson Davis, some members of his cabinet and a military escort made their last stop in Union and had the noon meal at the Cross Keys House on their flight from Richmond, Virginia. There is a historic marker at the site and the house is listed as an historic site on the Jefferson Davis Trial.

    163 Old Buncombe Rd, Union, SC 29379
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  • Blackstock Plantation Site
    Blackstock Plantation Site
  • Blackstock Plantation Site
    Blackstock Plantation Site
    The Battle of Blackstock's Farm, an encounter of the American Revolutionary War, took place a few miles from Cross Anchor, on November 20, 1780.

    The Blackstock’s battlefield is located south of the Tiger River, immediately east of the Spartanburg County line, in a hilly, wooded region. The smaller hill on which Blackstock’s barn was located is at the end of a dirt road leading from the county road S-51. About 1500 feet from the Tiger River, this hill is designated with a marker. The large hill on which most of Sumter’s troops were stationed during the battle lies about 2,000 feet west of the historical marker. Two creeks run parallel to the road, one on either side, from the Tiger River.

    No above-the-surface evidence remains of Blackstock’s barn or house.

    598 Monument Rd, Enoree, SC 29335
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  • Original Union County Jail House
    Original Union County Jail House
  • Original Union County Jail House
    Original Union County Jail House
    The Union County Jail, attributed to Robert Mills, is a two-storied, Palladian style structure of granite ashlar construction built in 1823. Mills’ work is characterized by the innovative technical aspects he employed in his designs for government structures. In prison design, he recommended that there be no basement dungeons due to their unhealthy nature and also because Mills felt that most breakouts occurred as a result of tunneling to the outside from a basement area. He also recommended that a caretaker’s apartment be placed to overlook the prison, an idea seen in the sheriff’s apartment at the Union Jail.

    Mills was interested in providing decent living conditions for prisoners. Buildings were to be made as fireproof as possible to insure prisoner safety. In the Union Jail, cells were to be one-roomed and were arranged to provide for adequate ventilation.

    The exterior of the jail has received two additions since 1900 and the interior has undergone extensive alteration. Listed in the National Register August 30, 1974.

    220 West Main Street, Union, SC
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  • Buffalo Mills
    Buffalo Mills
  • Buffalo Mills
    Buffalo Mills
    The Buffalo Mill Historic District is significant as an excellent collection of historic resources associated with the textile industry in South Carolina from the early-to-mid-twentieth century. The mill complex, including such resources as the main mill, mill office, power house, ice factory, mill warehouse, company store, and company bank/drug store, is a particularly intact collection of early-twentieth century mill and mill-associated buildings.

    It is also significant for its association with W. B. Smith Whaley, a prominent engineer whose firm designed numerous textile mills in the state, including mills in Camden, Columbia, Lancaster, Orangeburg, and Union.

    The mill village, including supervisors’ and operatives’ housing as well as auxiliary resources such as a school and a baseball field/park, is a particularly intact collection of other mill-associated resources. The mill complex and village, together with their setting, represent perhaps the best extant example of a South Carolina mill town. The district includes 192 contributing properties and 98 noncontributing properties. The mill building and most other Whaley-designed buildings at Buffalo are typical industrial designs with applied stylized Romanesque Revival detailing. This is achieved primarily through round-headed arches, polychromed brick, and decorative brick work including belt courses and corbelling. A major exception is the mill company office which has a less traditional exterior with its pyramidal roofing, battered pier belvedere, wide bracketed overhang and lavish American Renaissance interior. The mill housing varies from large, free-classic, Queen Anne supervisor’s houses, to shingle-style bungalows, to simple, one-story, lateral-gable, workers residences.

    Listed in the National Register October 10, 1990.

    106 Mill Rd, Buffalo, SC 29321
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  • Carnegie Library
    Carnegie Library
  • Carnegie Library
    Carnegie Library
    The Union Carnegie Library bears the distinction of having been the first Carnegie library built in South Carolina. Funded in 1903 according to what became known as the “Carnegie formula,” the millionaire required that communities receiving his grants contribute ten percent of his original donation amount every year thereafter, to provide for maintenance and operate the library as a public institution. Additionally, the community was asked to acquire a site for construction and to furnish all books and materials. Considered a brilliant business plan, this way Carnegie felt he was guaranteeing that a town’s investment was greater that his own, and that the libraries would be provided for in the future.

    In 2009, the Union Carnegie Library was awarded the "Best Small Library in America.” by the Library Journal and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

    Whether you are doing genealogical research or just would like to experience a gorgeous piece of history, it would be our honor to host you.

    300 E South St, Union, SC 29379
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  • Union County Courthouse
    Union County Courthouse
  • Union County Courthouse
    Union County Courthouse
    The neoclassical building in historic Union, the county seat of Union County, was completed in 1913.

    This courthouse replaced the original, which was build in 1825 and designed by noted architect Robert Mills. The first courthouse was torn down in 1911, and construction on the current courthouse began that year. It still serves as the Union County Courthouse.

    210 W Main St, Union, SC 29379
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  • Union County Museum
    Union County Museum
  • Union County Museum
    Union County Museum
    Located on West Main St, the Union County Museum is open Thursday through Sunday and Tuesdays. The Museum, voted “Best Local Museum in the State of South Carolina,” is filled with historical materials ranging from local pottery, Civil War flags, photographs, paintings and rare books. The Museum is owned and operated by the Union County Historical Society and welcomes those who come to discover the history of Union County, South Carolina.

    127 W Main St, Union, SC 29379
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  • Union Mural
    Union Mural
  • Union Mural
    Union Mural
    Union Mural by Blue Sky.

    The mural, begun in 2007 and installed in 2008, depicts a train transporting textiles for Union Cotton Mills.

    Completed in 1894, Union Cotton Mills was the first textile mill in Union County and the first in South Carolina designed by noted textile mill engineer William Burroughs Smith Whaley. His design firm, W.B. Smith Whaley and Company, is responsible for 15 new textile mills or major renovations and additions to existing mills in the state, including nearby Buffalo Mill, Newry Mill in Oconee County, and Granby Mill in Columbia.

    185 Sharpe Ave, Union, SC 29379
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  • Musgrove Mill
    Musgrove Mill
  • Musgrove Mill
    Musgrove Mill
    Musgrove Mill’s peaceful setting in the Piedmont woods stands in sharp contrast to the bloody Battle of Musgrove Mill that took place there on Aug.19, 1780. The Revolutionary War historic sites at Musgrove Mill interpret and protect the location of the Battle of Musgrove Mill. The battle, in which the vastly outnumbered Patriot militia outlasted the Loyalists in a surprising victory, is detailed through interpretive signage in the visitor center and along two and a half miles of nature trails.

    Natural features of the park include Horseshoe Falls and the Enoree River, along which much of the fighting took place. Special events and living history programs are held at the park throughout the year.

    398 State Park Rd, Clinton, SC 29325
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  • Union Depot
    Union Depot
  • Union Depot
    Union Depot
    Used as a passenger depot, the Union Depot was built at the turn of the twentieth century in downtown Union. The depot is still in service for the Norfolk Southern Railway.

    Depot St, Union, SC 29379
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  • Downtown Union
    Downtown Union
  • Downtown Union
    Downtown Union
    Downtown Union has existed for over 225 years. A nice collection of architecturally diverse buildings and over 150 businesses are surrounded by magnificent public buildings, and a branch of the University of South Carolina.

    The commercial, public, residential, industrial, and transportation-related buildings were built between about 1878 to about 1940, with the majority dating from about 1880 to about 1930. The district includes buildings representative of the Neo-Classical and Victorian styles. Notable buildings include the Union County Courthouse, Union Post Office/Federal Building, Flynn Building, Krass Building, People's State Bank/Arthur State Bank, Union Depot, Union Cotton Oil Mill, and Union Hardware Co.

    E Main St, Union, SC 29379
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