Your wedding day. Without a doubt, it's one of the most significant events you will ever experience - when you and the love of your life officially seal the deal and get married. On this day, your friends and family will gather to celebrate the next step in your life. Photographers will be running around snapping photos, catering plates delicious food for guests to enjoy, and the DJ sets the mood for a night of fun and libation. You've worked extra hard to make everything look perfect and run smoothly. You have examined every moving part down to the tiniest detail. At the center of all your effort is your wedding venue in Abbeville, SC.
Your event space can mean the difference between an unforgettable event and an average occasion. Capturing your uniqueness as a couple is paramount to a memorable wedding. But, without the right venue location and staff, your unforgettable event can turn into a painfully average occasion. Fortunately, at Abney Hall, you won't ever have to worry about dingy reception spaces and crummy chow halls.
Constructed in Abbeville, SC, in 1962, Abney Hall is 15,000 square feet and sits on 500 acres of land, making it a large wedding venue unlike any other. Abney Hall was originally the home of Mrs. Josephine Abney, a Abbeville native who was a lifelong philanthropist. Mrs. Abney devoted much of her time and effort towards supporting charities, educational institutions, hospitals, and other noble efforts. Today, Abney Hall stands tall as a symbol of love, both in our community and for the couples who choose to get married here.
Abney Hall is an exclusive event experience unlike any other, surrounded by verdant forests and sparkling ponds. Our venue is a natural fit for several occasions, including:
The beginning of your life starts at Abney Hall. With our team by your side, we can create the fairy tale wedding you have dreamed about since childhood. Whether you have 100 guests or 1,000, our waterfront ceremony locations and French-inspired courtyard are perfect for your big day. Celebrate in luxurious style surrounded by shady magnolia trees, a private forest, large ponds, and the beauty of Mother Nature. While our venue location and aesthetic have been praised far and wide, so too have the practical aspects of Abney Hall. Looking for a relaxing, comfortable spot for your bridal party to get ready in? We offer an entire floor in the Abney Hall residence to get the bridal party ready. Want to make your groomsman feel extra-special too? We've got a private, plush house just feet from a sparkling pond that is a proper hangout spot for the guys in your group.
To make life easier on you, we also offer Abney Hall as your go-to spot for rehearsal dinners. Why book an expensive restaurant or travel to another location when unmatched beauty and convenience are right at your fingertips? Abney Hall is just the place for that very important dinner the night before your big day. We are also happy to host your bridal shower at Abney Hall. Our venue makes for one of Abbeville's most unique bridal shower settings, where your family and friends can gather to give gifts and be merry before you walk down the aisle.
With such a large, magnificent house and a vast property, Abney Hall also makes for an unforgettable location for your bridal portraits and other wedding-related photography needs. Don't take our word for it - book a tour and see for yourself why so many new brides and grooms choose Abney Hall as their wedding venue in Abbeville.
You've already found the person you want to spend the rest of your life beside. The next step? Finding the perfect wedding venue for your ceremony, reception, and celebration of your lifelong commitment to one another. Remember, the backdrop for photos, dancing, eating, and all other activities will be at your wedding venue. That's why we work so hard to set Abney Hall apart from our competitors - so you and your guests can focus on love and living your new life while we work with your vendors and photographers to make your magic night a reality.
Here are just a few reasons why guests choose Abney Hall as their wedding venue in Abbeville, SC, along with some helpful tips from our experienced wedding venue staff:
Choosing the appropriate-sied venue for your desired guest count is a critical decision. A venue's capacity affects the number of people you need to consider having at your ceremony and reception. As you're first starting out, we recommend having a guest count in mind as you're searching for the right venue. Try to stick with that number. You may fall in love with a particular venue, but if its max capacity can't accommodate your guest count, it may be time to cross them off your list.
Keep in mind that this is your big day. You shouldn't feel obligated to invite the college roommate you shared a dorm with for one semester. At the end of the day, your wedding venue should be one that can accommodate those closest to you. Abney Hall is equipped for both small and large weddings, consisting of 500 acres of forest, ponds, and lush natural beauty. Whether you want an intimate wedding with only your best friends or a grand ceremony with hundreds of people, we have the right amount of room to make you comfortable.
On your big day, you're likely to have friends and family traveling in from other parts of the state or country. These folks will need a place to stay during and even after your wedding. Accessibility and ease are important factors when it comes to choosing your wedding venue for both you and your guests.
Located in Abbeville, SC, Abney Hall is situated in a memorable, natural setting, giving your wedding a private vibe in the midst of Mother Nature. While we pride ourselves on having a secluded wedding event space, our venue is within an easy driving distance of hotels and vacation rentals.
When you contact us for a tour, make sure to speak with our experienced venue manager about nearby hotels and shuttle service options. We understand that your guest's comfort and convenience are important, and we're happy to work with you to figure out the best way to get your guests to Abney Hall.
At Abney Hall, our staff has earned its reputation as one of the industry's most friendly, accessible teams. We will provide you with a purpose-minded point of contact that can help answer questions relating to timelines, preferred vendors, and every aspect of your wedding. When you tour our wedding venue in Abbeville, SC, for the first time, we want you to feel like you have all the information you need to make an informed purchasing decision.
At Abney Hall, our goal is to be your first resource when it comes to setting up and coordinating the details of your wedding day.
When it comes to your wedding's decor, you probably already have a few ideas in mind. We love it when our brides and grooms have a vision in mind because one of our greatest joys is turning that vision into a reality. At Abney Hall, our team is available to help you and your decorator fit, accent, and accommodate your fairy-tale wedding - whatever that may be.
Are you looking to dress up your wedding with decorations galore? Just want to add a few accents that tie into your preferred color palette? Abney Hall is versatile and ready to help however we are able.
If you're thinking about bringing in your own greenery, lighting, floral pieces, and more, we recommend discussing your vision with us on your initial tour of our event space. That way, we can get a head start on making your big day exactly how you envision it.
10 years from now, when you and your spouse are celebrating your anniversary, you will pull out photographs from your wedding and will reminisce about the unforgettable time you spent at Abney Hall. Your wedding photos will be with you forever, and as such, we work closely with you and your photographer to suggest extra-special photo op spots that you can only find on Abney Hall grounds.
From the grand staircase and French-inspired courtyard to our manicured gardens and lovely pond, there is no shortage of photo-op locations for your photographer to choose from. As one of the most popular wedding venues in Abbeville, SC, we have worked with dozens of photographers over the years.
Our experience has allowed us to cultivate a list of preferred photographers - all of whom have the talent to take your pictures to the next level in a setting they're familiar with. We encourage you to check out our gallery to get a sense of the scope of our wedding venue and gain inspiration from other happy couples.
The gallery on our website is extensive but be sure to check out our Facebook and Instagram pages as well. We keep our social pages updated with recent wedding photographs, giving you an incredible resource that you can use for your own photography purposes.
Abney Hall is known across the United States for our stunning weddings, but we also play host to some of the largest corporate events in South Carolina. Why choose a bland, lifeless meeting space when you can enjoy the beauty of Mother Nature coupled with a professional atmosphere? If you have an important team-building event or corporate conference that you have to coordinate, look no further than Abney Hall.
The epitome of class and style, our corporate event space is large, lavish, and chock-full of onsite amenities for you and your co-workers to enjoy. If your team needs a morale boost, don't bring them to the local Olive Garden for a cheap lunch. Treat them to a refreshing experience in our main dining room, where we can work with you to incorporate your catering options with the goals of your event.
When the hard work is done, and your team needs a breather, what better way to relax than with a quick dip in our pool? To burn off a little steam, head over to our brand-new tennis court - the perfect place to get some exercise in an ultra-private setting while you enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. Don't forget to bring your fishing poles for a couple of hours of fishing. There's even an opportunity to go hunting if you wish.
If you're ready to learn more about Abney Hall as your wedding venue, don't hesitate to reach out. We would love to hear more about your plans, your vision, and your needs. We know that planning a wedding isn't easy. It takes time, attention to detail, and a whole lot of patience. Our goal is to help provide you with all the info you need to learn more about our venue. Once you decide on a date, we'll work closely with you and your vendors to craft a wedding experience that you will treasure for the rest of your life.
Our available dates for your big day are going quick, especially during peak seasons like spring and fall. We look forward to hearing from you soon!Contact us today for a FREE initial consultation
ABBEVILLE, S.C. —An Upstate chef is being recognized for her local flavors and community collaborations, earning her the honor of 2023 South Carolina Chef Ambassador.Erica McCier is the owner and executive chef of Indigenous Underground in Abbeville.In January, she and three other South Carolina chefs were name...
ABBEVILLE, S.C. —
An Upstate chef is being recognized for her local flavors and community collaborations, earning her the honor of 2023 South Carolina Chef Ambassador.
Erica McCier is the owner and executive chef of Indigenous Underground in Abbeville.
In January, she and three other South Carolina chefs were named as the 2023 ambassadors. According to the state, the ambassadors represent South Carolina through culinary events and promotional opportunities.
“We’re like the spokespeople, the 'spokeschefs' I guess you could say- for the state of South Carolina," said McCier.
McCier says she creates dishes that remind her of her childhood.
“I grew up living off the land," she said. "A lot of my items on the menu just reflect those foods– those indigenous foods of South Carolina.”
But, she says she thinks her work with local farmers and other producers is what earned her the honor from the state.
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“I think that’s what caught their eye," she said, "because I pull so many different businesses into this business as well.”
McCier says she is excited to have received the honor but that, ultimately, it's not about her. She says it's more about those businesses that she works alongside.
“It wasn’t really me thinking about myself and what this does for me as a chef," she said. "It really came down to what this does for Indigenous Underground, what this does for the workers here at Indigenous Underground, what this does for Abbeville – the city of Abbeville, and what this does for the farmers that I use, you know, the products that they use in Abbeville."
McCier describes her kitchen as a 'little kitchen with big flavor.' But more impressive than the flavorful dishes is the story behind the woman who creates them.
McCier is a former art teacher. She taught middle school until she was diagnosed with a kidney disease.
“My life just got flipped upside down. I couldn’t teach anymore," she said. "All of the activities I was doing at this time, I couldn’t do any of those."
But, it was during this tough time that McCier discovered cooking.
“While I was on dialysis, I started watching the Food Network, and I also liked the cooking channel," she said.
McCier, inspired by the chefs she watching on television, Googled "culinary schools near me," leading her to Greenville Tech to visit their culinary program.
She decided to enroll, if nothing else, to learn to enjoy a new hobby.
“'Hey, I’ve learned a new skill. I’m not bored with life.' You know, I did something besides go to dialysis and go home," she said.
McCier attended classes at Greenville Tech on Tuesdays and Thursdays, all the while continuing dialysis on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
Then, she fell in love.
“Needless to say, I just fell in love. I fell in love with cooking," she said.
Next came a catering business, her first successful restaurant venture, teaching culinary classes and even a kidney transplant.
Now, McCier operates Indigenous Underground in a building in downtown Abbeville that she has loved for years.
"In like 2014, I was saying, ‘that’s going to be my building one day!'" she said.
Her goal: connecting the people of Abbeville with their community and celebrating all that her city has to offer.
“You don’t have to drive to Greenville or Columbia or Augusta," she said. "because it’s right here in our backyard."
Peach State Federal Credit Union is expanding. The Lawrenceville-based credit union is merging with operations in Pickens and Abbeville, South Carolina.Members of Pickens Federal and Abbeville Community Community Federal Credit Union agreed to the mergers in meetings held at their main branches on November 29.The financial mergers have been approved by the National Credit Union Administration and take effect on December 1, 2022, Peach State officials say.“Our Board and staff are elated about the endless possibiliti...
Peach State Federal Credit Union is expanding. The Lawrenceville-based credit union is merging with operations in Pickens and Abbeville, South Carolina.
Members of Pickens Federal and Abbeville Community Community Federal Credit Union agreed to the mergers in meetings held at their main branches on November 29.
The financial mergers have been approved by the National Credit Union Administration and take effect on December 1, 2022, Peach State officials say.
“Our Board and staff are elated about the endless possibilities created for our members through this union with Peach State,” says Pickens Federal President and CEO Clayton Kerr. “We will continue to focus on serving the members in our community with the highest level of care, but now with even more products and support.”
Pickens Federal Credit Union was founded in 1961 as the Diehl-Poinsett Federal Credit Union and provided services to all Singer Company employees. In 2001, the credit union was approved for a community charter, expanding its field of membership to include service to anyone who lives, works, worships, or attends school in Pickens County, South Carolina. They also welcomed the teachers and employees of the School District of Pickens County into their field of membership in 2011, which ties in with Peach State’s start as an education-based credit union.
“We are excited to join forces with a like-minded credit union, one whose Board and management share a similar vision and has ties to the local education system. It is our hope that combining our resources will enhance the financial well-being of both the community and lives of those in Pickens County,” says Peach State President and CEO Marshall Boutwell.
Boutwell calls the merger with Abbeville a “great example of a cooperative unity” saying it demonstrates a strong commitment to the credit union philosophy of ‘people helping people.’
Abbeville was founded in 1971 to serve the needs of local railroad employees and their immediate families in Abbeville, Greenwood, Anderson, and McCormick counties. In January 2004, Abbeville was granted a community charter, and in July 2011, it became federally chartered. Their field of membership includes service to anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in Abbeville County, SC, as well as any businesses.
“There is no better time than the present to bring about positive changes for our members,” says Abbeville Community FCU Manager Trish Fuller. “Our focus remains on our members and understanding their needs. We’re excited about this merger as it will create more opportunities to expand services and deepen relationships for the communities we serve.”
Peach State is an $820 million credit union that serves more than 75,000 members in Georgia and South Carolina. The credit union has branches across Northeast Georgia in Athens, Carnesville, Cornelia, Jefferson, Watkinsville, Winder, and Young Harris.
Operating as a not-for-profit financial cooperative, Peach State’s mission is to provide quality financial services that meet the needs and exceed the expectations of its member-owners.
ABBEVILLE COUNTY, S.C. (FOX Carolina) - State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman announced that the state is allocating $38 million in state funding to Abbeville County School District to help them improve the infrastructure of multiple schools.Officials said the funding is part of the $140 million that falls under Proviso 1.92 of the General Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2022-2023.“With school facilities over 60 years of age, the time is now for Abbeville County to address facilities issues in order to prov...
ABBEVILLE COUNTY, S.C. (FOX Carolina) - State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman announced that the state is allocating $38 million in state funding to Abbeville County School District to help them improve the infrastructure of multiple schools.
Officials said the funding is part of the $140 million that falls under Proviso 1.92 of the General Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2022-2023.
“With school facilities over 60 years of age, the time is now for Abbeville County to address facilities issues in order to provide their students, families, and educators with safe places for teaching and learning,” said State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman. “With the influx of COVID-19 relief money and generous support of the General Assembly, the South Carolina Department of Education is pleased to be able to provide this additional funding for the district to make necessary renovations.”
In April 2020, the South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE) decided to conduct studies of the schools in the state’s poorest counties to determine how the funding for disadvantaged schools should be used.
“What a tremendous day for our students, parents, teachers and the entire Abbeville County community,” said Rep. Craig Gagnon, the representative for District 11 in the General Assembly and chairman of the Abbeville Legislative Delegation. “I am most appreciative of the state of South Carolina’s investment in Abbeville – one that will allow educators and students to thrive in a safe and effective learning space.”
The review of Abbeville County’s schools showed that the age and condition of some of the schools were problematic for long-term use. The team in charge of the review recommended that both Abbeville High School and Dixie High School needed additional classroom space and improvements to the cafeteria. The team also recommended renovations to the district’s career center.
The board will vote on the funding at a special-called meeting on August 25. If approved, the district will use the money for the following projects.
Dixie High School
Abbeville High School
Abbeville County Career Center
“A sincere thank you to Superintendent Spearman and the South Carolina General Assembly for this significant investment into our great district,” said Dr. Mason Gary, Superintendent of Abbeville County School District. “Each day, the Abbeville County School District puts its students first and today’s announcement bolsters that claim. We are excited for the renovations to begin.”
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ABBEVILLE — Concern over a community of tiny houses located in the city is misplaced, officials said Wednesday.A post on an Abbeville Facebook page featured a video of a man and woman from Incredible Tiny Homes of Newport, Tennessee, discussing plans for such a development. It garnered several responses from people, many of them opposed to such a project.Mayor Trey Edwards said statements made in the video implied that he and City Manager Blake Stone support such a development and claim that they would cu...
ABBEVILLE — Concern over a community of tiny houses located in the city is misplaced, officials said Wednesday.
A post on an Abbeville Facebook page featured a video of a man and woman from Incredible Tiny Homes of Newport, Tennessee, discussing plans for such a development. It garnered several responses from people, many of them opposed to such a project.
Mayor Trey Edwards said statements made in the video implied that he and City Manager Blake Stone support such a development and claim that they would cut through red tape. Those statements are wrong, he said.
Any such plans would have to be discussed with the planning committee and be addressed by the council, Stone said at Wednesday’s meeting. Tiny homes are not addressed in the city’s laws. The developer has submitted a rezoning request to the planning committee.
If the council and the planning committee give a go-ahead, the process of changing the rules could take nine months to a year.
Copies of a request for a zoning change were on the agenda. Contact information lists Randolph Jones as a representative of Incredible Tiny Homes.
Nothing is being done in closed rooms or back alleys, said council member Matt Gambrell, who addressed residents’ concerns on the thread of the Facebook post.
“I really think it’s a classic case of putting the cart before the horse,” Gambrell said after the council meeting.
He is not against such a development, but it’s so early, he’s not for it either, he said.
“Just by watching the video it’s almost like it’s a done deal, that the ink dry on the paper. It’s very wet,” Gambrell said. “It could happen, maybe, but it’s in the very infant stages of development. There will need to be a lot of boxes to be checked, there are a lot of conditions that need to be met to make everyone happy.”
He invited officials with the business to open a dialogue. Gambrell said they are not talking with council.
According to the 2018 International Residential Code, a tiny house is a dwelling unit with a maximum of 400 square feet of floor area, excluding lofts. The term “tiny house” is sometimes used interchangeably with “micro-house.” Some states consider any home under 1,000 square feet to be a tiny or microhouse.
One of the state’s storied programs is a state champion again.Quarterback Zay Rayford threw for a touchdown and ran for one as Abbeville defeated Oceanside Collegiate, 35-20, to win the Class 2A championship on Friday at Charlie W. Johnson Stadium.It is the Panthers’ 12th state championship and eighth under coach Jamie Nickles. Abbeville’s 12 titles ties Summerville for second most all-time. Gaffney has the state record with 17.Nickles’ eight state championships are third most in state history for...
One of the state’s storied programs is a state champion again.
Quarterback Zay Rayford threw for a touchdown and ran for one as Abbeville defeated Oceanside Collegiate, 35-20, to win the Class 2A championship on Friday at Charlie W. Johnson Stadium.
It is the Panthers’ 12th state championship and eighth under coach Jamie Nickles. Abbeville’s 12 titles ties Summerville for second most all-time. Gaffney has the state record with 17.
Nickles’ eight state championships are third most in state history for a head coach, trailing Willie Varner and John McKissick’s 10 titles.
“I’m so proud of the coaches, players, community,” an emotional Nickles said after the game. “There ain’t nobody in Abbeville right now. Everybody is down here right now. It is emotional for me because these kids believed in us while we were losing games. But they kept believing in what we were doing.”
Abbeville began the season at 2-2 with losses to Class 3A runner-up Powdersville and Class 5A Westside. But the Panthers finished the season with 11 consecutive wins, scoring 35 points or more in every game.
Abbeville led 21-0 at halftime but turned it over on its first possession of the third quarter. Edward Reidenbach hit Jace Krafchick on a 27-yard touchdown pass to cut the lead to 21-7. Reidenbach threw for 332 yards and three touchdowns. Krafchick had six catches for 130 yards and two touchdowns.
The Panthers’ lead was 28-13 in the fourth quarter when running back Antonio Harrison scored on a 9-yard run with 2:01 left. Harrison missed most of the season with a torn ACL suffered in June while playing basketball.
But Harrison returned in late October just in time for Abbeville’s playoff run.
“He was our inspiration all year long,” Nickles said of Harrison. “He kept telling me everyday, wait to Tooboo (his nickname) gets back. Well, we go him back and we didn’t run him to the second or third round of the playoffs. He still doesn’t have that Tooboo burst, but he is pretty good.”
Abbeville’s run-oriented offense finished with 283 yards on the ground. Jamel Marshall had a team-high 81 yards.
Karsen Norman had 70 yards, 61 coming on a TD run in the first quarter.
Rayford finished with 103 total yards. He completed just two passes but one of them was a 31-yarder to Javario Tinch to make it 21-0 in the second quarter.
Oceanside had a chance to score right before halftime, but running back Vaughn Blue was tackled at the 2-yard line on the final play of the half. The Landsharks got the ball in Abbeville territory on three other drives in the half but turned it over on downs each time.
Oceanside ends the season at 12-2. It was the Landsharks’ first championship appearance.
“The goal will be to get back here next year and win,” Oceanside coach Chad Wilkes said. “We got a lot of great players coming back. We are going to miss our seniors, who did a great job in my first year buying into what we are trying to do to get to this point. We got to take another step next year to make sure we are the ones celebrating.”
A - Karson Norman 61 yd run (Nickles kick), 3:51
A - Cade 22 run (Nickles kick), 10:50
A - Tinch 31 pass from Rayford (Nickles kick), 0:44
OC - Kraftchick 23 pass from Reidenbach (Mahoney kick), 10:52
A - Rayford 10 run (Nickles kick), 1:14
OC: Blue 6 pass from Reidenbach (Kick blocked), 4:36
A - Harrison 9 run (Nickles kick), 2:01
OC - Kraftchick 66 pass from Reidenbach (Mahoney kick), 1:31
RUSHING: A: Marshall 10-81; Norman 6-70; Rayford 11-52; Patterson 11-29; Cade 3-29; Harrison 4-27; Hadden 1-1. OC: Blue 19-69; Reidenbach 10-14.
PASSING: A: Rayford 2-6-0-51. OC: Reidenbach 22-37-1-322.
RECEIVING: A: Tinch 1-31; Harrison 1-20. OC: Kraftchick 6-130; Strickler 5-82; Blue 5-68; Bennett 3-22; Hagedon 1-8; Brown 1-7; Johnson 1-5.
This story was originally published December 2, 2022, 5:15 PM.