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 Camden, 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 Camden, 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 Camden 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 Camden'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 Camden.
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 Camden, 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 Camden, 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 Camden, 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 Camden, 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
Two of them are believed to have been between 14-16 years old and from Maryland.Credit: South Carolina Battleground Trust AssociationCAMDEN, S.C. — The remains of 14 Revolutionary War Soldiers during the Battle of Camden were recently uncovered in shallow graves. Now, the ...
Two of them are believed to have been between 14-16 years old and from Maryland.
Credit: South Carolina Battleground Trust Association
CAMDEN, S.C. — The remains of 14 Revolutionary War Soldiers during the Battle of Camden were recently uncovered in shallow graves.
Now, the South Carolina Battleground Preservation Trust says they are uncovering more on identifications and are preparing for proper burials.
According to the Trust, the remains, some less than six inches below the surface in seven separate locations across the battlefield, were located during site research, carefully excavated, and removed over an eight-week period beginning in September.
Through preliminary field examination, the archeology team believes:
Since then, they've begun to uncover ages, identities, and origins.
"We know the ages of all the soldiers," said South Carolina Battleground Preservation Trust CEO Doug Bostick. "They are young, sadly. Two of the soldiers are between 14 and 16 years old."
The two that were aged 14-16 years old, he says, are believed to have been from Maryland, based on artifacts retrieved.
"The loyalist from North Carolina has Native American ancestry that's determined by the incisors that he had in his teeth," Bostick said. "So, this particular group of Loyalists from North Carolina came out of the area where the Lumbee Tribe was pretty prevalent, so it might be he was a Lumbee Indian."
As for names, Bostick says they are closing in on one of three for the British 71st Regiment of Foot, Fraser's Highlanders. As for the others, it will take some time as they are taking DNA tests from those who have called saying they believe they are related.
"We're just starting the DNA process," Bostick said. "The identification of these remains will extend into the Fall, so this will go past the April re-interment. When these soldiers are re-interned in April, we'll mark them with a simple headstone that says "Unknown Continental Soldier," but later, when we identify some of them, we will come back and put a headstone with their name on them."
As they continue the search for information, plans for a proper ceremony have been come together.
"We've invited every embassy or consulate of everyone who fought in this battle," Bostick said. "So, we have the French involved, there were French officers serving with the Patriot Army. Certainly, we had the British there, of course, but we also had Germans there."
The ceremonies will kick off on Thursday, April 20, with a precession through Fort Jackson. They will pass by all the public schools from Columbia to Camden.
The next day, April 21, there will be a concert from U.S. Army's old band.
Then, on Saturday, April 22, there will be two ceremonies to honor the soldiers.
For over a week now traffic has been condensed headed into Camden due to roadwork, but lanes are expected to reopen soon.CAMDEN, S.C. — For over a week now, roadwork on Highway 601 has brought traffic to a halt heading into Camden.A concerned viewer reached out to us to find out what was going on after the project condensed two lanes down to one--and that lane is a median.That viewer was unavailable to speak but other residents say they've noticed the pothole and can't wait for the construction to be over.&q...
For over a week now traffic has been condensed headed into Camden due to roadwork, but lanes are expected to reopen soon.
CAMDEN, S.C. — For over a week now, roadwork on Highway 601 has brought traffic to a halt heading into Camden.
A concerned viewer reached out to us to find out what was going on after the project condensed two lanes down to one--and that lane is a median.
That viewer was unavailable to speak but other residents say they've noticed the pothole and can't wait for the construction to be over.
"I have noticed it," says resident Julie Knight. "It's been there for a good minute and they've actually been working on it."
"It has been terrible trying to get out of the parking lot, especially in the afternoon around lunchtime," she adds. "it might take you 30 minutes before you can get out of the parking lot, traffic up and down the road trying to condense down to one lane, it's a hot mess, people are racing to try to get over, they don't want people to get over so it's one hot mess out there."
News19 asked the City of Camden's public works office about what was going on.
"A pothole did develop we were called on, and so we went down and we checked it out and found out the sewer was collapsing, and developing a pothole," says City of Camden Utility Director Tom Couch.
He says they are working as quickly as possible to get the road reopened…
"We started working on it that was about a week ago, and we had to dig down and we found the sewer pipe had deteriorated, we had to tie into the line when we could but there was no good pipe to tie into," Couch adds. "It was a 12 inch line so we had to keep digging and digging until we can find the good pipe, and then [Thursday] or Friday we hope to have the asphalt on it opens up all the lanes by the end of the week but that's all weather dependent,"
All lanes are expected to be reopened at the end of this week, weather permitting.
After leading her team to a state title last week, Camden High School’s Joyce Edwards picked up another big achievement Wednesday.The junior was named South Carolina Gatorade Player of the Year, an award that encompasses athletics, academics and character.Edwards is the second Camden player to win the award, joining head coach Natalie Norris (formerly Natalie Funderburk) who won it in 1992. It’s the second-straight year a Midlands girls player has won the award. Cardinal Newman’s Ashlyn Watkins, who is now at ...
After leading her team to a state title last week, Camden High School’s Joyce Edwards picked up another big achievement Wednesday.
The junior was named South Carolina Gatorade Player of the Year, an award that encompasses athletics, academics and character.
Edwards is the second Camden player to win the award, joining head coach Natalie Norris (formerly Natalie Funderburk) who won it in 1992. It’s the second-straight year a Midlands girls player has won the award. Cardinal Newman’s Ashlyn Watkins, who is now at South Carolina, was the recipient in 2022.
Edwards is the 15th different girls player from the Midlands to win the award historically. Lower Richland’s Morgan Stroman won it three straight years from 2007-09.
“I say all the time Joyce is the best player in the country,” Camden coach Natalie Norris said after the state championship game. “She showed it today. She handled the ball, she can shoot it, she rebounds, she can pass it. She can do it all and has the size too. We are certainly very fortunate she is on our team.”
Edwards averaged 28.5 points, 13.6 rebounds, 3.5 steals, 2.9 assists and 2.6 blocks this season in helping the Bulldogs to their first state championship since 1981. In the title game against Wren, the 6-foot-3 forward scored 33 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and had five steals in the win.
Edwards also went over the 3,000-point mark in career during the game. She has been a starter on varsity since the seventh grade.
Off the court, Edwards has volunteered locally at the Beyond the Court basketball camp as a coach and at the Jackson Teen Center, where she tutors students in math and science. She’s also a member of the National Beta Club.
Edwards is the No. 2 ranked prospect in the country for Class of 2024 by ESPN’s HoopGurlz rankings. She has more than 30 Division I offers, including top-ranked South Carolina.
Edwards said she will be narrowing down her top colleges during the spring and summer.
South Carolina signee Tessa Johnson won the Minnesota Gatorade Player of the Year award. Johnson averaged 24.3 points, 6.6 assists, 5.5 rebounds and 2.8 steals per games this season and became the school’s all-time leading scorer with more than 2,000 points in her career.
2023 – Joyce Edwards, Camden
2022 – Ashlyn Watkins, Cardinal Newman
2019 – Danae McNeal, Swansea
2017 – Jaelynn Murray, Dreher
2016 – Jhileiya Dunlap, Dreher
2014 – A’ja Wilson, Heathwood Hall
2013 – Alaina Coates, Dutch Fork
2012 – Asia Dozier, Spring Valley
2011 – Xylina McDaniel, Spring Valley
2009 – Morgan Stroman, Lower Richland
2008 – Morgan Stroman, Lower Richland
2007 – Morgan Stroman, Lower Richland
2004 – Keturah Jackson, Dreher
2000 – Nikki Jett, Columbia
1997 – Elena Vishniakova, Heathwood Hall
1992 – Natalie Funderburk, Camden
1989 – Jessica Barr, Batesburg-Leesville
CAMDEN, S.C. (WIS) - After 51 years under the scope of a Camden hospital, the Karesh Long Term Care center has secured its own space. The long-anticipated move came after two decades of discussion and two years of construction for the stand-alone facility off Liberty Hill Road.The $40 million project was made possible through state funds secured through the Kershaw County Health District. This, according to its Board Chairman Derial Ogburn.Now titled Karesh at Beechwood, approximately 88 senior residents were relocated from the...
CAMDEN, S.C. (WIS) - After 51 years under the scope of a Camden hospital, the Karesh Long Term Care center has secured its own space. The long-anticipated move came after two decades of discussion and two years of construction for the stand-alone facility off Liberty Hill Road.
The $40 million project was made possible through state funds secured through the Kershaw County Health District. This, according to its Board Chairman Derial Ogburn.
Now titled Karesh at Beechwood, approximately 88 senior residents were relocated from their longstanding facility within the MUSC Health Kershaw Medical Center on Wednesday.
Less than 24 hours in, residents told WIS the new facility was “unbelievable” and far better than its previous location.
90-year-old Thema Bodiford invited us to her new room where WIS Channel 10 was already playing.
“At first, I would say, thank the Lord that they got together, such a beautiful place as this. It’s like being in a hotel… I’ve had some visitors in my room, and they want to take the bathroom home with them,” said Bodiford who moved into the Keresh thirteen months ago.
Karesh at Beechwood is a 95,000 sq. ft. facility that holds 132 beds. The complex is split into three “neighborhoods” that are still being furnished.
“We did try very hard in the hospital to make it more of a home life. And it’s hard to get away from that institutional look. So today, the biggest difference - the care will remain the same, but we have more of the furnishings of an actual home,” said Loretta Wrigley, Director of Nursing.
Karesh Administrator Scott Neal said the expansion comes after a statewide demand for senior living care.
“We have a large waiting list now to get into Karesh. And we will be going through that list as we speak. So, there’s definitely a need here,” said Neal.
Karesh added at least 50 new nurses and certified assistants to the 100-plus staffers carried over from the previous facility.
This new home for 132 seniors includes free-standing departments for food service, laundry, and housekeeping.
“I just love it here. Everyone is so nice. At Karesh wing they were good, but the place is nothing like this one. Kershaw County’s got a lot to be proud of to have this facility in it,” concluded Bodiford.
Neal said they will start admitting those with immediate needs as soon as possible.
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The AC Flora girls basketball team got big halves from its all-state performers Trinity Delaney and Terianna Gray in its playoff opener on Thursday.Delaney scored 15 of her 17 points in the second half and Gray added 15 in the Falcons’ 50-25 win over North Myrtle Beach in the first round of the Class 4A girls playoffs. AC Flora (18-9) will travel to Bluffton on Saturday in the second round. The game will be played at May River High School because the lower state individual wrestling championships will be held at Bluffton....
The AC Flora girls basketball team got big halves from its all-state performers Trinity Delaney and Terianna Gray in its playoff opener on Thursday.
Delaney scored 15 of her 17 points in the second half and Gray added 15 in the Falcons’ 50-25 win over North Myrtle Beach in the first round of the Class 4A girls playoffs. AC Flora (18-9) will travel to Bluffton on Saturday in the second round. The game will be played at May River High School because the lower state individual wrestling championships will be held at Bluffton.
The Falcons used pressure defense and a big first half from Gray, who scored 11 of her 15 points in the first half to give them a 29-16 halftime lead.
Delaney, who was in foul trouble in the first half, took over in the second half. The 25 points allowed by AC Flora were the third lowest given up this season.
Flora was one of several Midlands teams to win big on Thursday. Other highlights included:
Top-ranked Camden girls won their 23rd straight game with a 67-19 win over Dillon in the 3A playoffs. The Bulldogs host Battery Creek on Saturday.
? No. 3 Westwood girls rolled to their ninth straight win with a 59-28 win over West Florence. The Redhawks host Hartsville on Saturday.
? Gray Collegiate and Keenan boys rolled in their 2A openers. Gray defeated Greenville Tech, 90-14, while Keenan beat Blacksburg, 76-49. Gray hosts Abbeville on Saturday, while Keenan goes to Saluda.
? Eau Claire and Columbia were the Midlands teams to pull off road upsets. Eau Claire defeatedRegion 3-2A champion Strom Thurmond, 55-36. The Shamrocks will travel to Greer Middle College on Saturday. Columbia defeated Silver Bluff, 53-45, and will travel to Landrum on Saturday. It was the Capitals’ first-round playoff win since 2009-10 season.
? River Bluff boys were the lone area Class 5A team to win Thursday (Lexington won on Thursday). The Gators defeated Berkeley, 63-56, and will host St. James on Saturday.
TL Hanna 84, Chapin 36
TLH: Adarius Armstrong 22, Jaquarious Patterson 15, Anthony Edwards 12, Culler 8.
Byrnes 68, Blythewood 61
Byrnes: Kobe Staggs 30. Bwood: Will Olden 19
Fort Mill 57, Spring Valley 55
SV: Justin Skelton 16, Kendall Williams 12, CJ Rich 10. FM: AJ Washington 18, Braylen McCain 16, Gabe Tooper 13
Conway 66, White Knoll 30
River Bluff 63, Berkeley 56
B: Dubose 18, Youngblood 8, Cleveland 14, Hazelton 6, McNeil 8. RB: Caldwell 9, Cromer 9, Dawson Powell 14, Luke Chapman 18, Ahrick Wright 11, Pitts 2
Sumter 71, Dutch Fork 37
Class 2A Boys
Landrum 95, Mid-Carolina 58
Columbia 53, Silver Bluff 45
Saluda 62, Batesburg-Leesville 42
S: Watson 8, T. Mathis 6, Zion Wright 20, A. Mathis 8, JT Lott 20. BL: Bolen 2, Whitt 6, Swygert 7, Clark 2, Micheal Leaphart 15, Te’Maj Gilliam 10
Keenan 76, Blacksburg 49
K: Sumpter 6, Amarri King 15, Elam 8, Chrisean Oree 16, Broderick Anderson 12, Caughman 2, McCullough 3, McNiel 2, Golston 5, Price 3, Simmons 2, Anthony King 2.
Eau Claire 55, Strom Thurmond 36
EC: Sean Quick-Streeter 29
Greer Middle College 58, Newberry 39
Gray Collegiate 90, Greenville Tech 14
GC: Braylhan Thomas 19, Avantae Parker 15, Trai White 10.
Marion 83, North Central 59
Class A Boys
CA Johnson 54, Dixie 48
Easley 55, Airport 25
Westwood 59, West Florence 28
W: Woods 4, Miracle Branch 15, Makiah Thompson 11, Pope 2, Davis 3, Entzminger 6, Johnson 2, Omeire 2, Daniels 7, Brown 7
Wilson 48, Irmo 37
AC Flora 50, North Myrtle Beach 25
NMB: Faith Farmer 15, Vereen 1, Livingston 2, Hatchell 3, ACF: Tamira Delaney 7, Trinity Delaney 17, Terianna Gray 15, McCray 3, Wright-Thompson 3, Curnell 5.
Ridge View 54, Lucy Beckham 47
Class 3A Girls
Camden 67, Dillon 19
C: Joyce Edwards 28, Braylin Mungo 13, Harris 8, Jefferson 6, Champion 5, Carter 3, Jackson 2. D: Treasure Davis 12, Lester 4, Campbell 3, Murphy 2.
Lower Richland 70, Hanahan 16
H: Johnson 5, Tyson 3, Brabham 3, Hughes 3, Weatherford 2. LR: Chi’Nya Isaac 19, Tyra Floyd 12, Sumpter 12, Foster 5, Curry 6, Hiller 8, Weston 8
Battery Creek 48, Swansea 41
Philip Simmons 57, Dreher 30
This story was originally published February 16, 2023, 10:33 PM.