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
Hira Industries’ Aerofoam USA establishing operations in Abbeville County COLUMBIA, S.C. – ...
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Aerofoam USA, a brand of the family-owned, international firm Hira Industries, today announced plans to establish its United States headquarters and operations in Abbeville County. The company’s $11.5 million investment will create 50 new jobs.
Aerofoam USA produces high-quality, sustainable thermal insulation and AeroSound® acoustic solutions for residential, commercial and industrial buildings. The company specializes in closed-cell thermal insulation materials for condensation control in air conditioning, refrigeration and chilled water installations, as well as reducing thermal losses in heating and plumbing systems. With a firm commitment to sustainability, the products are free from dust, fibers and asbestos, and have zero ozone depletion impacts.
Located at 43 Commerce Drive in Abbeville, Aerofoam USA’s new facility is the company’s first operation in North America. The company will manufacture nytril buthene rubber (NBR) for thermal acoustic products utilized in HVAC-R systems, mechanical applications, transport, packaging and more – along with products used by original equipment manufacturers.
Operations are expected to be online by May 2023. Individuals interested in joining the Aerofoam USA team should visit the company’s contact page.
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits related to this project. The council also approved a $600,000 Rural Infrastructure Fund grant to Abbeville County to assist with costs related to the project.
“After a careful selection of several locations, we have found our home in Abbeville, South Carolina. We feel confident that from Abbeville, we will be able to serve our diverse customer base in mainland USA, Latin America and Canada. We are also confident that we will be able to offer meaningful jobs to motivated individuals that come from in and around Abbeville. We are excited to become a dedicated part of the community, and we are thankful to South Carolina and Abbeville County for the support and opportunity.” -Aerofoam USA President Alex Huis
“Aerofoam USA's decision to establish its first U.S. operation and create 50 new jobs in Abbeville County is a significant win for one of our state’s rural communities. We look forward to a long and successful relationship between Aerofoam USA and South Carolina.” -Gov. Henry McMaster
“Companies like Aerofoam USA are attracted to our state for our assets – a winning workforce, business-friendly environment, strategic East Coast location and much more. We are excited Aerofoam USA chose Abbeville County to establish its first U.S. location and look forward to the company's positive impact within the local community and beyond.” -Secretary of Commerce Harry M. Lightsey III
“Abbeville County is proud to welcome Aerofoam USA to our community. Our strong workforce, geography and quality of living make Abbeville County one of the most attractive rural communities in the Southeast for business and residents. We’re excited to embark on this journey with Aerofoam USA and everything the future holds for our partnership.” -Abbeville County Council Chairman Billy Norris
It’s the first Upstate Spirit Conference, to be hosted at the historic Belmont Inn, 104 E. Pickens St., by paranormal enthusiasts, husband and wife David and Karen Van Marm of Chesnee.Tickets to the main event may be purchased at eventbrite.com.Hear from scheduled presenters, including local ghost story book author Marjorie Chrisley Blalock, who writes under the name Marjorie LaNelle. Her titles include: “The Apparitions of Abbeville” and &ldq...
It’s the first Upstate Spirit Conference, to be hosted at the historic Belmont Inn, 104 E. Pickens St., by paranormal enthusiasts, husband and wife David and Karen Van Marm of Chesnee.
Tickets to the main event may be purchased at eventbrite.com.
Hear from scheduled presenters, including local ghost story book author Marjorie Chrisley Blalock, who writes under the name Marjorie LaNelle. Her titles include: “The Apparitions of Abbeville” and “Ghost Stories of Uptown Greenwood.”
There’s also a gallery reading by a psychic medium, Rick Hayes. Plus, paranormal researchers will lead four overnight investigations in Abbeville. There will also be vendors selling items associated with ghost-hunting, tea readings, ghost tours and more.
“About a year ago, my husband and I, who are both from the North, saw a YouTube video posted by some girls about being at the Belmont Inn and room 10 being haunted,” said conference host Karen Van Marm. “...We decided to go down and spend some time there. We booked a room...”
Soon, the idea to host a paranormal conference took shape.
David and Karen have long been interested in the unexplained. David, originally from Illinois, and Karen, originally from Ohio, met through paranormal internet circles. They married in 2010 and honeymooned at a phenomenology conference in Pennsylvania, before moving to South Carolina in 2011 for “warmer weather and history,” according to their biographical information.
“And, we’ve actually had some experiences at the Belmont, in room eight,” David said. “We heard a voice down a hall telling us to ‘Get out! Get out!’ near where the fire escape heads out. Early in the morning, we heard two loud raps on our door, from the inside. ...Most recently, at about dawn, it felt like someone, or something, kicked our bed. It woke me up. It was pretty substantial.”
“People find out, it is, in fact, a busy place for ghosts,” Jim said. “But, it’s all positive energy ... Just last week, when I was helping a couple with a late evening check-in, I walked with them to their room, to make sure it was ready. I knocked on the door and we all distinctly heard a male voice say, ‘One minute.’ But, when I knocked again, and opened the door, no one was there.”
Jim said the inn routinely has guests from across the country “hoping to have an experience” of the paranormal kind and has hosted other spirit-themed events.
“We will have a meet and greet and a dinner and several things during the weekend, Karen said. “I’ve always been interested in the paranormal and David has had some experiences.”
Tim Drake Jr. a Clemson University state entomologist, says the Van Marms have experienced unusual things at property he owns in Abbeville. It’s at the corner of Poplar and Henry M. Turner streets.
It is one of four locations for the Upstate Spirit Conference’s overnight paranormal investigations.
The structure there is believed to have been once owned by an Abbeville storeowner by the name of Charles Dendy, and previously situated on the Abbeville square, on what was known as Dendy’s Corner.
“The Van Marms have previously spent two nights there and picked up a lot of activity in the house,” Tim said. “I’ve not experienced anything, but I have friends who have. The Van Marms have noted a dark mist descending the staircase and others have picked up on something, but whatever is there is not communicating with me.”
Older than previously thought, Tim said the structure dates to 1791, based on an inscription he’s uncovered on a ceiling timber. The building is believed to have been first used as an arsenal and most recently as a house.
Tim said previous use as an arsenal would make the building among the oldest still-standing public structures in the South Carolina upcountry.
Tim purchased the building, which was for sale in 2019, and he has been working on restoring the interior, room by room, to what it might have looked like as a home in the 1800s.
“I have a direct ancestor, Hugh Wardlaw, who is said to have served on a committee to build the arsenal,” Tim said.
Beneath the structure, Tim has found remnants of marks from huge logs used to roll it from its previous location on Abbeville’s Court Square to where it sits now. He’s also found a sizeable cannon ball, and three fire pits, containing artifacts believed to date to the Revolutionary War.
ABBEVILLE, S.C. —An Upstate man with autism has been found dead after he was reported missing in September, according to the Abbeville County Sheriff's Office.Rachel Harvey, the mother of Adam Harvey, says her son has been missing since Sept. 11. She said he was last seen at his grandmother’s house along Mount Carmel Road.Officials with the sheriff's office s...
ABBEVILLE, S.C. —
An Upstate man with autism has been found dead after he was reported missing in September, according to the Abbeville County Sheriff's Office.
Rachel Harvey, the mother of Adam Harvey, says her son has been missing since Sept. 11. She said he was last seen at his grandmother’s house along Mount Carmel Road.
Officials with the sheriff's office said Adam Harvey's body was found in February off Old Charleston Road in McCormick County and DNA found was taken to a genetic lab in Greenwood County.
On Wednesday it was confirmed that the remains were Harvey's.
"I want to know what happened to Adam. The whole community wants to know what happened to Adam," said Chandra Bowie, a longtime family friend.
Bowie is a close family friend and was Harvey's neighbor for 14 years.
"He was a very helpful person," she said. "He helped me when I didn’t need his help sometimes," she recalled, smiling. "I would be out there working on my flowers in the yard and he’d come over and say, 'You need some help?' I’d be like, 'No, I got it.' He’s like, 'No, you need some help,'" she said.
Harvey has been described by some as a gentle giant.
Bowie and other friends organized local search groups to look for the 23-year-old during the last few months.
"We spent hours and hours in these woods. For 9 days, I was in these woods until 2 or 3 o’clock in the morning and I wasn’t alone," she said.
An autopsy on February 14 found no evidence of blunt force trauma. An investigation into what happened is ongoing.
"We have no idea what happened and that's what makes it bad. We don't know. Did he stay out here by himself and did or was there foul play? I wanna know. His family deserves to know," said Bowie.
WYFF News 4 reached out Thursday morning to the Abbeville County Sheriff's Office for more information. As of 5 p.m. Thursday, we have not heard back.
ABBEVILLE COUNTY, S.C. —The South Carolina woman who lost her arms after being attacked by dogs in Abbeville County has been released on bond following a drug charge.Kyleen Waltman, 39, was booked into the Abbeville County Detention Center this week, according to Capt. Matthew Graham, with the sheriff's office.She appeared before a bond judge on Wednesday and was given ...
ABBEVILLE COUNTY, S.C. —
The South Carolina woman who lost her arms after being attacked by dogs in Abbeville County has been released on bond following a drug charge.
Kyleen Waltman, 39, was booked into the Abbeville County Detention Center this week, according to Capt. Matthew Graham, with the sheriff's office.
She appeared before a bond judge on Wednesday and was given a recognizance bond, meaning she will not have to pay bail.
Watch the court hearing in the video player above.
Graham said deputies pulled over a car on Monday on Keowee Road near Scoby Road.
He said deputies confirmed that a passenger in the car had active warrants.
When the passenger, Jeffrey Wayne Bond, was arrested, he told deputies he had meth in his pocket, according to Graham.
Graham said during a search of the car, a purse belonging to Waltman was found on the floorboard, and inside the purse were 8.3 grams of meth.
Graham said once Waltman was arrested, deputies found two additional bags of meth, one weighing approximately 5.9 grams and the other 1.3 grams.
According to Graham, Waltman had a total of 15.5 grams of meth, which is considered trafficking weight.
In March, Waltman lost both of her arms after being attacked by three dogs while walking home on Ball Road in Honea Path.
Waltman suffered critical injuries, including having both arms amputated up to the shoulder, her colon removed, and she has undergone numerous skin grafts, according to her family, as documented on a GoFundMe page.
The latest post on the page from Oct. 4 said that Waltman was continuing to struggle with her recovery as well as with medical costs.
"It’s been a struggle with trying to get everything for Kyleen and having to fight for her Medicaid and disability," the post read.
The post stated that Waltman had surgery on Sept. 22 and that her insurance was not going to cover the cost of the surgery. The GoFundMe has raised more than $308,000.
"She is really depressed," the post said. "She (cries) a lot and we don't know what to do, anymore."
Rosters for this year’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Bowl were released Tuesday, with many of the state’s top senior football players chosen for the game.The game, formerly known as the North-South All-Star game, will be held Dec. 10 at Myrtle Beach’s Doug Shaw Stadium. The North leads the all-time series, 40-31-2, but the South has won three straight games.Spring Valley’s Robin Bacon is the head coach for the North squad, and Chapin’s Justin Gentry is head coach for South team.Fifteen of ...
Rosters for this year’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Bowl were released Tuesday, with many of the state’s top senior football players chosen for the game.
The game, formerly known as the North-South All-Star game, will be held Dec. 10 at Myrtle Beach’s Doug Shaw Stadium. The North leads the all-time series, 40-31-2, but the South has won three straight games.
Spring Valley’s Robin Bacon is the head coach for the North squad, and Chapin’s Justin Gentry is head coach for South team.
Fifteen of the players selected have committed to Division I programs already.
The event also will feature the Joanne Langfitt Showcase, which has w120 of the state’s best juniors in a skills challenge at Doug Shaw. The junior showcase will be held Dec. 9.
Advance-purchase tickets are now available online at TouchstoneEnergyBowl.com/tickets for $25. On game day at the stadium, tickets will cost $30 each. School group rates will also be available through South Coaches Athletics Coaches Association.
The 2022 Mr. Football award, given to the state’s top senior football player, will be announced at halftime of the game.
Quarterbacks: Grayson Loftis, Gaffney; Bennett Judy, Hillcrest
Running backs: Ve Morton, Greenwood; A’Chean Durant, McCormick
Receivers: Tyleke Mathis, Saluda; Drake Sloan, Powdersville; Keithan Washington, Denmark-Olar; Eli Merck, Daniel; Kyai Cook, Byrnes; Cayson Elledge, Laurens; BJ Atkins, Christ Church
Offensive lineman: Lawton Clamp, Travelers Rest; Cam Johnson, Seneca; Zach Moss, York; Will Jennison; South Aiken; Kanaan Ligons, Ridge Spring Monetta; Cameron Darby, Belton Honea Path; AC McMoore, South Pointe; Graham Smith, Dorman; Darrell Brannon, Spartanburg
ATH: Apollos Cook, Airport
Defensive lineman: Hunter Puckett, Westside; Jeb Robinson, Hillcrest; Cameron Johnson, Spartanburg; Orari Davis, Clover; Hezekiah Kinard, Clinton; Anthony Thurman, Blythewood; AJ Miller, South Pointe
Linebackers: Brody Tesimale, Catawba Ridge; Evan Javis, Spring Valley; Ty Cade, Abbeville; Peyton Little, Powdersville; David Wilson, Spring Valley; Terrill Hopkins, CA Johnson; Damien Jackson, Northwestern
Defensive backs: Donovan Watkins, Fairfield Central; Josiah Jeffery, Greenwood; Alston McGee, Greer; Will White, Dorman; Kaliber Hoey, Gaffney; Jaylen Foster, Emerald; Jacob Gary, Blythewood; Travon West, Wren
Kicker: Addison Nickles, Abbeville
Head Coach: Robin Bacon Spring Valley
Assistants: Chris Liner, Greenwood; Robert Mustar, Powdersville; Demetrius Davis, Fairfield Central; Brian Smith, Ridge Spring-Monetta; Larry Poole, Pelion; Gil Cade, Abbeville
Quarterbacks: Zolten Osborne, Fort Dorchester; Tanner Staton, Brookland-Cayce
Running backs: J’Shawn Anderson, Hartsville; Jonah Norris, Lexington; Tyler Smith, Barnwell
Receivers: Nate Branch, Lower Richland; Elijah Chalmers, Marlboro County; Taeshaun Sellers, Hannah-Pamplico; Jaylin Linder, Bluffton; Jake Doty, Myrtle Beach; Justin Daniels, Manning’ Nigel Johnson, Crestwood
Tight end: Tracy Stephens, Ridge View
Offensive linemen: Josh Daniels, West Florence; Kameron Durant, Cane Bay; Mason Gregg, Sumter; She’Fon Boyd; Andrews; Nathan Thompson, Conway; Blake Cooke, Gilbert; KenDell Brown, Wilson; James Moseley, Woodland
ATH: Kacy Fields, Beaufort; Dequan Burroughs, Johnsonville; Jaylin Davis, Lake Marion
Defensive linemen: Jaiden Jones, May River; Anthony Grant, Dillon; Trenton Richardson, Lee Central; Timothy Castain, Oceanside Collegiate; Alijah Brown, Sumter; A’Monte McCray, Cross; Deamonti Garrett, Lower Richland; Max Drag, Chapin
Linebackers: Chandler Perry, Dutch Fork; Omarion Buckmon, Bamberg-Ehrhardt; Jaylin Davis, South Florence; Tory Gethers, Stratford; Fuller Sims, Andrew Jackson
Defensive backs: Darrion Perry, May River; Jordan Turner, Goose Creek; Cameron Alston, Conway; Colton Phares, Beaufort; Brandon Cisse, Lakewood; Javon Gillespie, Ridge View
Kicker: Jack Weil, Lucy Beckham
Head Coach: Justin Gentry, Chapin
Assistants: BJ Payne, Hilton Head Island; Roosevelt Nelson, Crestwood; Justin Danner, Lee Central; Scott Cook, East Clarendon; Gene Williams, Bamberg-Ehrhardt; Marco Thompson, Manning
This story was originally published October 19, 2022 12:14 PM.