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
Trunk-or-Treat, while it's not as traditional as Trick-or-Treating, is gaining popularity as a fun way to celebrate Halloween.Trunk-or-Treat allows children to collect candy from a stationary location rather than from door to door. Trunk-or-Treat is also a great way to bring people together for a community event.There will be numerous Trunk-or-Treat Halloween events around Anderson County.Here is a rundown of Anderson County Trunk-or-Treat events:Anderson Lights of HopeAnderson Lights of ...
Trunk-or-Treat, while it's not as traditional as Trick-or-Treating, is gaining popularity as a fun way to celebrate Halloween.
Trunk-or-Treat allows children to collect candy from a stationary location rather than from door to door. Trunk-or-Treat is also a great way to bring people together for a community event.
There will be numerous Trunk-or-Treat Halloween events around Anderson County.
Here is a rundown of Anderson County Trunk-or-Treat events:
Anderson Lights of Hope will host its 6th annual Trunk of Treats event on Oct. 24 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The free event will be held at 150 Rose Valley Blvd.
There will be free food, candy, crafts and vendors. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs. To learn more about the event click here.
Children of all ages are invited to dress up in costumes.
"This will be a fun event for all ages, a great outing for family and friends to attend. We want to create a safe environment for family and friends to come out and enjoy," Lights of Hope marketing coordinator Jennifer Merritt said.
Logan's Roadhouse will cook burgers and hot dogs and the staff will be handing out candy and treats to children from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
"The trunk or treat event is a great opportunity to get Logan's Roadhouse involved in the community," Logan's manager Travis Kernels said.
Bluegrass and Company is a band of three musicians from Pickens County. The band is known for playing music at churches, festivals and private events in and around the community and neighboring states.
Bluegrass and Company will perform from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Three members make up the bluegrass band, with Elijah playing the banjo and upright bass. Alyssa plays guitar, and mandolin, and sings. Malachi plays the fiddle, and mandolin, and sings. (add last names)
According to an email from Bluegrass and Company band members "they are looking forward to sharing their faith and their love for Bluegrass Music with the folks in and around the Anderson, South Carolina area at the 6th Annual Boograss Trunk~or~Treat event on Oct. 24 from 6 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. "We hope to see you there!"
On Oct. 28, Eggs Up Gill will host Trunk-or-Treat from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. You can find the restaurant at 1601 East Greenville Street.
The restaurant will be open for dining with a number of vendors on site.
"I think it's great that so many locations are having trunk or treats. I think it's great that kids are getting to celebrate Halloween in a safe way," Eggs Up Grill employee Ashley Crooks said.
As part of Halloween festivities, vendors will give away free candy to children and will also have a variety of snacks, treats and other items available for purchase.
Vendors include Kaylie Bracelets, Wedgewood Kids, Two Broke Girls Rescue, Joyful Creations, At Last Antiques. TLC Custom Station. Klutch Fitness. Cookie Cutter, Lush Salon, Black Leather Poet and Wickedly Creative.
Donations will be used to purchase gifts for local children in need.
Last year we were able to help 17 families in need, and we hope to help more this year," Crooks said.
Click here to learn more about the event.
The Bagger's motorcycle non-profit organization will host its 7th annual Bagger Treat. The free event will be held at Anderson Mall on Oct. 21 from 5 to 9 p.m.
We are always looking for donations to fund the event. Every very little bit helps," Bagger Treat founder Matt Atkinson said.
All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Bagger organization.
"The motorcycle community does a lot for the community that people don't know about. It gives us the opportunity to give the kids a safe place to trick-or-treat, and we get to witness the smiles on their faces," Atkinson said.
Travis Rose covers Anderson County for the Independent Mail. Reach him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“On a Peaceful Mission”, Sez GovernmentOver the past several days, Anderson County offices have been receiving phone calls and emails from citizens asking about a spooky-looking van of some sort, seen roaming about the streets in a slow, deliberate manner.Yes, there is a Mystery Machine in our community, but this one doesn’t carry Scooby-Doo and a bunch of Meddling Kids. Instead, this van and its equipment are being used to assess the physical conditions of our county roads.Its mission ...
“On a Peaceful Mission”, Sez Government
Over the past several days, Anderson County offices have been receiving phone calls and emails from citizens asking about a spooky-looking van of some sort, seen roaming about the streets in a slow, deliberate manner.
Yes, there is a Mystery Machine in our community, but this one doesn’t carry Scooby-Doo and a bunch of Meddling Kids. Instead, this van and its equipment are being used to assess the physical conditions of our county roads.
Its mission is not merely to tell us that some roads are bad—we all know that many, many of our roads need fixing. What this strange vehicle will do is help us figure out how much fixing each road needs. Does a particular road just need resurfacing or a full rebuild? Entire road or just sections of it? What kind of shape is the roadbed in?
How does it perform such strange magic? By using space-age technology! No, not Marvin the Martian’s Illudium Pu-36 Explosive Space Modulator, but something almost as neat—LASERS!
As it prowls the countryside on its appointed rounds, the van uses cameras and lasers to measure different deficiencies in the road surface. After the data is collected then it’s analyzed to determine the types of deficiencies and best practice to make repairs. Sometimes, road repairs prove to be only temporary because the true source of the problem isn’t immediately visible to repair crews. Thanks to the work performed by our friendly technological marvel, we’ll be better able to diagnose the problem with a road and address the root cause.
The van will be assessing more than 1,500 lane miles of county road in the coming weeks and months. When it’s done, the data it has collected will be used to help prioritize needs and allow the county to better allocate its road repair budget.
So—no special need to worry if you see our little friend haunting your neighborhood. It is being operated by two nice humans working for Roadway Asset Services, an infrastructure asset and pavement management company working for Anderson County. The van is on a friendly mission and is there to serve you, as are all of us here with the Anderson County government.
RAS Scanning Anderson County Roads: https://youtu.be/XDhywSkf2Ag
Four weeks of the South Carolina high school football season have come and gone and we saw some incredible performances from Anderson County and Pickens County athletes.Now it's time to pick the Week 4 Anderson Independent-Mail football athlete of the week. Here are the 10 nominees. Voting closes Thursday at 5 p.m....
Four weeks of the South Carolina high school football season have come and gone and we saw some incredible performances from Anderson County and Pickens County athletes.
Now it's time to pick the Week 4 Anderson Independent-Mail football athlete of the week. Here are the 10 nominees. Voting closes Thursday at 5 p.m.
RB Marquise Henderson, Belton-Honea Path: On seven carries, Henderson ran for 211 yards — an average of 30.1 yards per rush — with two touchdowns. He also caught one pass for a 24-yard touchdown.
QB Noah Thomas, Belton-Honea Path: On 9-of-14 passing, Thomas threw for 138 yards with two TDs.
QB Kolton Chapman, Daniel: In a 54-7 win over Pickens, Chapman threw for 178 yards with two touchdowns on 10-of-12 passing.
DL Trent Garner, Pendleton: In a 53-0 win over Fountain Inn, Garner made six tackles, three for a loss, had three sacks and a pass breakup.
QB Luke Gray, Pendleton: Gray threw for 247 yards with three touchdowns on 16-of-22 passing. He also ran for a TD.
RB Sharode Richardson, Westside: On nine carries, Richardson ran for 186 yards with three touchdowns.
WR Josh Williams, Westside: Williams caught five passes for 75 yards with a touchdown and returned a kickoff for a touchdown.
QB Cutter Woods, Westside: Woods threw for 257 yards with two touchdowns.
RB Vashun Burton, T.L. Hanna: Burton ran for 114 yards with two touchdowns on nine rushes.
RB Josh Donald, T.L. Hanna: On four attempts, Donald ran for 92 yards with two touchdowns — an average of 23 yards per carry.
Original information for this article can be found on The Anderson Independent’s website.Anderson, South Carolina, came alive on the evening of September 14, 2023, as the community gathered at The Bleckley Station to celebrate the very best of their hometown at the 2023 Official Community’s Choice Awards.Hosted by the Anderson Independent, the event was marked by a lively atmosphere, with a crowd of 400 enthusiastic participants ...
Original information for this article can be found on The Anderson Independent’s website.
Anderson, South Carolina, came alive on the evening of September 14, 2023, as the community gathered at The Bleckley Station to celebrate the very best of their hometown at the 2023 Official Community’s Choice Awards.
Hosted by the Anderson Independent, the event was marked by a lively atmosphere, with a crowd of 400 enthusiastic participants eagerly anticipating the announcement of this year’s winners. The 2023 Official Community’s Choice Awards celebrated the best of Anderson, South Carolina, in grand style at The Bleckley Station. It was a night filled with excitement and anticipation as the winners from various categories were announced.
Jada Samuel, who holds the prestigious title of Miss South Carolina 2023, graced the occasion with her presence, delivering an inspiring speech. Lindsey Twitty, Sales Executive with Local iQ, also took the stage, making the event all the more special.
The evening was further enriched by a musical performance by Jeff Neil of the Synergy Twins music group, adding a melodic touch to the celebration.
Without further ado, let’s honor the winners who emerged victorious in their respective categories, showcasing the diverse talent and excellence within Anderson’s community:
From outstanding businesses in shopping, finance, and health to exceptional schools, dining, and services, Anderson showcased its vibrant community spirit and excellence.
Congratulations to all the winners, who have proven that they are the best of the best in Anderson, S.C. Whether it’s in real estate, healthcare, education, or dining, these businesses and individuals have set the standard for excellence in our community. An additional congratulations to all the nominees for their hard work and dedication to the Anderson community.
Stay connected with AndersonSCLiving.com for more updates on the community, events, and all the latest news in Anderson, South Carolina. We look forward to another fantastic year of celebrating our hometown’s finest!
Keep supporting local businesses and making Anderson an even better place to live. Thank you for being a part of the Official Community’s Choice Awards, and we can’t wait to see what the future holds for our vibrant community!
The soup kitchen is hoping to be in its new location by the end of September Infinite Scroll Enabled Anchor/Reporter GET LOCAL BREAKING NEWS ALERTSThe latest breaking updates, delivered straight to your email inbox.Your Email AddressPrivacy Notice ANDERSON, S.C. —The Anderson Emergency Soup Kitchen will soon have a ne...
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The Anderson Emergency Soup Kitchen will soon have a new home on South Main Street in Anderson.
The soup kitchen will move into the former Roy's Diner building after receiving a grant from the Abney Foundation along with other donations.
“It’s convenient because we have a lot of homeless people in this area, this particular area, and all the soup kitchens are practically lined up," said Bobby Hardman, President of the Board of Directors for the soup kitchen.
Hardman said the building will need cleaning, renovations and a storage building. But once it's ready to open, he said it will give them more space.
“It’s going to be a lot spacier because over there we just kind of outgrew ourselves," said Hardman. "We didn’t have the room for people. Here you can see we have the room for the people and we have a lot more kitchen space.”
The soup kitchen plans to open inside seating in the new location for the first time since the pandemic.
Ivy Davis, operations manager, said volunteers prepare and package homecooked meals for the people they serve 5 days a week.
She said the soup kitchen serves between 80-110 people a day.
“They come to us and this might be the only meal they get," said Davis. "If you’re homeless and you can’t cook, you don’t have anywhere to go and you don’t have any money, this is the place, it’s free food for all.”
However, Davis said their current location on West Franklin Street is rundown.
“This house is crumbling, it’s simple," said Davis.
Hardman said they are seeking monetary donations to fund the renovations. For information on how to donate, visit the soup kitchen's website.
The Abney Foundation shared the following statement:
"We wholeheartedly support Anderson Emergency Kitchen's unwavering mission of serving hot and delicious meals to those in need of nourishment without judgement or strings attached. Anderson Emergency Kitchen's service to others is second to none, and we respect the selfless manner with which they serve our shared community. The Chairman and Trustees of The Abney Foundation extend best wishes for the AEK Team as they transition into this new(er), larger and more conducive location in service to those in need. We rejoice with Anderson Emergency Kitchen in this long-awaited "dream-come-true!"