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 Anderson, 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 Anderson, 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 Anderson 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 Anderson'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 Anderson.
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 Anderson, 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 Anderson, 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 Anderson, 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 Anderson, 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
The Southern gas hub Buc-ee's has set an opening date for its first location in South Carolina, as Florence will be the new home to 120 fueling stations with Texas-style food options and the famed Beaver mascot.It will be the first Buc-ee's to open in the state, on May 16.The new Florence fueling center puts the expected arrival of an Anderson location on-deck, as the initial timeline for the second of two planned Buc-ee's in South Carolina has been projected for a 2025 opening.Florence's location will ope...
The Southern gas hub Buc-ee's has set an opening date for its first location in South Carolina, as Florence will be the new home to 120 fueling stations with Texas-style food options and the famed Beaver mascot.
It will be the first Buc-ee's to open in the state, on May 16.
The new Florence fueling center puts the expected arrival of an Anderson location on-deck, as the initial timeline for the second of two planned Buc-ee's in South Carolina has been projected for a 2025 opening.
Florence's location will open near I-95 and North Williston Road with nearly an acre of land. Buc-ee's currently owns more than 30 acres of land in Anderson for any upcoming development.
As for a future Buc-ee's Anderson location, roadway improvements are needed before the buckeye'd Beaver brings its business nearby.
"There is an estimated $40 million price tag needed for the bridge portion at Liberty Highway," Rusty Burns said, Anderson County spokesperson. "We are actively seeking that from any source known to mankind."
Currently, Buc-ee's and SC Department of Transportation engineers are studying the traffic upgrades needed to deliver a new location to Anderson.
"With the new subdivisions at that intersection, the road upgrades become more important," Burns said.
Buc-ee's is not a truckstop, so truck traffic will not increase near the area nor affect any new, upgraded roads.
In a November update, county and state officials said significant improvements near exit 21 on Interstate 85, fueled by $1 million by Buc-ee's for studies to get the projects started, would be necessary.
“Buc-ees and the County are interested in an upgrade to the I-85 / US 178 interchange,” Pete Poore said in November. He is the director of communications for SC Department of Transportation. “To help facilitate the development of their proposed mega gas-station at that exit.”
Exit 3 on I-95 in Hardeeville is an example of a local government and developer working together on preliminary work for an interstate interchange project, he added.
A.J. Jackson is a general assignment reporter for the Independent Mail. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org with story ideas and leads.
Kelley Engineering expanding operations in Anderson County$6 million investment to create 80 new jobsKelley Engineering, a premier designer and manufacturer of custom automation equipment, today announced plans to expand operations in Anderson County. The company’s $6 million investment will create 80 new jobs.Founded in 2015, Kelley Engineering provides automation equipment, computer numerical control (CNC) machining and metal fabri...
Kelley Engineering expanding operations in Anderson County
$6 million investment to create 80 new jobs
Kelley Engineering, a premier designer and manufacturer of custom automation equipment, today announced plans to expand operations in Anderson County. The company’s $6 million investment will create 80 new jobs.
Founded in 2015, Kelley Engineering provides automation equipment, computer numerical control (CNC) machining and metal fabrication for a variety of industries across the Southeast including aerospace, automotive, injection molding, packaging, tires and much more.
Located at 1709 Easley Highway in Pelzer, Kelley Engineering’s newest facility will expand the company’s build-to-print manufacturing operations and accommodate growth to meet increasing demand.
The expansion is expected to be complete in the first quarter of 2023. Individuals interested in joining the Kelley Engineering team should visit the company’s careers page.
“We are excited about this next chapter for Kelley Engineering. This latest expansion will give us a combined 82,000 square feet which will allow us to expand our manufacturing and automation capabilities. Growing up in Anderson County, I knew this was an awesome community to raise a family, but I have also seen how great it is to grow a business. It is easy to buy a building and equipment, but the people you hire are what make a company great. Our company culture of hiring good people and promoting within has really made us stand out and be successful in this competitive market. We are looking forward to providing many more good-paying jobs as we continue to grow.” -Kelley Engineering CEO Matt Kelley
“The success of our existing companies continues to be a driving force behind our state’s strong and growing economy. Today, we celebrate yet another expansion as Kelley Engineering invests $6 million and creates 80 new jobs in the Anderson County community. Congratulations, and we look forward to many more years of their success.” -Gov. Henry McMaster
“South Carolina’s advanced manufacturing industry continues to thrive, and today’s announcement by Kelley Engineering is a testament to that. By expanding its already significant operations in Anderson County, Kelley Engineering is making a statement that South Carolina, with our pro-business environment and world-class workforce, is the ideal location for companies.” -Secretary of Commerce Harry M. Lightsey III
“We are so excited to have a homegrown principal growing his company in Anderson County. I’m always thankful for increased jobs, capital investment and growth in our tax base.” -Anderson County Council District Seven Member Cindy Wilson
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There's no such thing as snow or water hills in the Upstate, but a warmer and equally as fun of an experience is on the way:The mini mountain of dirt and straw mats seen driving along Clemson Boulevard at Denver Downs Farm will be the foundation for a 250-foot tubing slide slide scheduled to arrive this summer.When it arrives, reserve the temptation to call it the super drop, giant slide, or anything too freaky, said Ron Smith, operations manager at Denver Downs Farm.Make sure you put the proper respect on...
There's no such thing as snow or water hills in the Upstate, but a warmer and equally as fun of an experience is on the way:
The mini mountain of dirt and straw mats seen driving along Clemson Boulevard at Denver Downs Farm will be the foundation for a 250-foot tubing slide slide scheduled to arrive this summer.
When it arrives, reserve the temptation to call it the super drop, giant slide, or anything too freaky, said Ron Smith, operations manager at Denver Downs Farm.
Make sure you put the proper respect on the slide when it's given a permanent name:
"The Palmetto Flyer or The Carolina Flyer," Smith said. "Probably, the Palmetto Flyer."
The to-be-titled attraction is set to be one of the largest dry slides to come to SC, it will have two lanes, and cater to children roughly four and above. At peak speed, riders will reach up to 35 miles per hour, Smith said.
“We have known for a long time that we’ve to start having more activities for older kids," Smith said. “And the adults, I think the parents will enjoy the ride.”
Children under 42 inches will not be able to ride the slide, he said.
The National Historic Registry agritourism business invested more than $100,000 into an attraction intended to bring more visitors year round, and expand its reach beyond the guests who come from far as Charlotte and Atlanta.
“We have tens of thousands people a year," Smith said. "We really enjoy the business. It’s been really good for Anderson County."
The slide will feature:
It took the earthmovers at TD Craft Grading four weeks to move 15,000 cubic yards of dirt to shape the hill which will support the two-lane slide. It will feature an observation deck at the top as well as an area to the side near the middle of the slide for visitors to take pictures and cheer on riders.
It would be illuminated at night.
The slide is planned to be open for Denver Downs' annual Sunflower Festival in June, or in fall at the latest, said Catherine Garrison Davis, co-owner of Denver Downs Farm.
The new attraction will neighbor a 12-acre bed of sunflowers, and detail AstroTurf that surrounds the perimeter of the slide.
"It's one of the biggest things we’ve ever added to the park," she said. “People are always looking for stuff to do, take their children to have a little adventure and have a taste of the farm."
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ANDERSON, S.C. – Before Shane Beamer spoke to around 250 South Carolina Gamecocks fans at The Bleckley Station, the second-year coach was asked to update defensive tackle Rick Sandidge.“Had a little bit of a procedure that was voluntary, to get him a little closer to being 100 percent,” Beamer said, before...
“Had a little bit of a procedure that was voluntary, to get him a little closer to being 100 percent,” Beamer said, before the Gamecock Club meeting in Anderson.
Sandidge, who missed last season with a foot/leg injury, was limited throughout much of spring practice. Last week, he posted a picture from a hospital bed.
TheBigSpur shared an update about it last week.
“He was able to do a little bit during spring practice, but just wasn’t quite 100 percent, and did a little voluntary procedure, to hopefully get his foot even better than what it is right now,” Beamer said on Tuesday. “Nothing long-term. We expect him to be full go shortly.”
This latest procedure was related to the previous injury that’s kept Sandidge off the field for most of the last 10 months or so.
“It’s (not a) new injury,” Beamer said. “It’s just trying to speed up the rehab process a little bit, trying to kick-start some things that have been holding him back a little bit.”
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On perception with preseason rankings, does it mean something?
“I think it means that, hopefully, you’re doing the right things. People are taking notice of what you’re doing and there’s a – I don’t want to use the word respect, but there’s an excitement about Carolina football. I’d rather see us preseason ranked than not preseason ranked. It certainly has a lot of people excited. But also, I’ve said it before, but there’s also the reality of, OK, there may be some of these preseason polls that have us ranked in the top 25.
“But there are also six or seven of our opponents that are ranked higher, and some of these preseason polls, three of the top six teams in the country, we play. You realize that, and we don’t spend a whole lot of time thinking about preseason rankings or rankings in general, but it is nice. It means you’ve had a little bit of success. It means that you probably recruited well and there’s an excitement level on the outside of your program.”
How much more equipped are your coordinators to deal with SEC football now, versus this time a year ago?
“I think better in just that there’s an overall understanding of the teams in this league, then also our own team. The fact that they haven’t been in the SEC was certainly a little bit different for them last year. Football is football. Everybody is going to run the same schemes, but understanding of personnel, for sure.
“Understanding – we played Georgia for the first time, we played Tennessee for the first time, here’s the things they did schematically. Now, you play that game, as soon as that game’s over, you’re also thinking about how you can also be better the following year. OK, what would we do differently and things like that? And then an understanding of our own roster as well and the things we do well.”
Any idea how many players are in Columbia right now?
“There’s quite a few. Last week was the exams, so there were a lot of guys I talked to, they were going to finish exams, they were going to go home for less than a week and then they were going to get right back to Columbia. One, they wanted to get back to work in the weight room, voluntarily. They wanted to be back around their teammates. They love being in Columbia and just want to get back to Columbia, so there’s a bunch of them that went home third week, to see family for a few days, then are coming right back.”
On Austin Stogner’s arrival…
“He’ll be here by June, when summer school starts, if not earlier. None of them have to be back until right after Memorial Day, when summer school starts. That’s when they all have to be back or that’s when they all will come back. Stog may come earlier than that, I don’t know, but we’re expecting everybody to be here at the start of June.”
Is it realistic for incoming freshmen to be ready to play once the season starts?
“I think it’s realistic, because the NCAA now allows us to do more in the summertime than we’ve ever been able to. For the first time ever, we can actually go out with them in the month of June this year and actually take a ball. I’ve never been able to go out in the month of June and have a football. You can’t do anything competitive, but Spencer Rattler can be out there and throw a football to Josh Vann, and we can be there and watch it. that’s the first time that’s ever happened in my coaching career, so the fact that you’re able to do a little bit more with them, mentally in the meeting room and physically on the field, within the rules, we’re able to do more. To me, it speeds up the process.
“You’re able to teach them the offense and defense in June, then kind of reteach it in July, so they’re not hearing it for the first time in August. And then you’re able to get back out there on the field for a little bit in the summertime. The majority of the stuff in the summertime, they’re on their own. Coaches are getting out of town and getting some time off. We’re able to work with them a little bit more, so I think it’s very realistic. In my mind, you have June, July and the entire month of August to get a guy ready to play, which is more time than the incoming freshmen had, to get ready for spring practice, so I think it’s very feasible.”
ANDERSON, S.C. – South Carolina Gamecocks men’s basketball coach Lamont Paris finally found a moment to get out and mingle with Gamecock Club supporters.On Tuesday, Paris joined football coach Shane Beamer for the Anderson County meeting, which had around 250 South Carolina fans in attendance. It was the first Game...
ANDERSON, S.C. – South Carolina Gamecocks men’s basketball coach Lamont Paris finally found a moment to get out and mingle with Gamecock Club supporters.
On Tuesday, Paris joined football coach Shane Beamer for the Anderson County meeting, which had around 250 South Carolina fans in attendance. It was the first Gamecock Club appearance for Paris, who's spent much of the last several weeks on the phone, meeting with potential players and staff members and recruiting.
Recruiting never stops, especially in this landscape.
“It’s always – when you take over a job at this time, it’s crazy, right,” Paris said. “It’s a recruiting period, which has gone to another whole level, with just the level of transfer portal and all that goes on with that now, so it’s non-stop from the second that you get the job, so you can put your roster together. … Any person that gets a job, for the most part, you’re probably going to have to recruit half of your team, and so that is what it is.
“That’s part of it now, the landscape. But it’s a challenge, for sure. While you’re also trying to hire a staff and meeting some people around here, stuff like finding a place to live is way on the back-burner.”
As of Wednesday morning, South Carolina has signed three transfers: Ebrima Dibba (Coastal Carolina), Meechie Johnson (Ohio State) and Hayden Brown (The Citadel). The Gamecocks have also inked a pair of high school prospects: Daniel Hankins-Sanford (Charlotte, N.C.) and Zachary Davis (Denmark, S.C.).
“We’ve been able to attract some good players so far and we still have some scholarships available, so we’re still trying to do that, but I’m optimistic about how it all comes together,” Paris said. “You never know that, until you start putting the pieces together. Who picks up on what? But I am really excited about this first layer of bricks that we’ve laid so far and where they can end up being as players.”
“We’re looking at early June to bring guys in and start to get acclimated to our strength and conditioning, as well as what their daily routine is going to be, some workouts with us,” Paris said. “The NCAA has made it to where you can work out for up to eight weeks, so we’ll take full advantage of that time, get to know each other.
“We’ve got a lot of new faces – everyone is a new face to me and I’m a new face to them. … Just get to know each other and get in the gym. It’s a great to be. I’m really glad they let us have that time in the summertime. Early June, the first week or so of June, most of the guys will be here.”