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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 Chester, 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 Chester, 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 Chester 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:

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The Top Wedding Venue in Chester, SC

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 Chester'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 Chester.

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What Sets Abney Hall Apart from Other Wedding Venues in Chester?

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 Chester, SC, along with some helpful tips from our experienced wedding venue staff:

Venue Size

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.

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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.

Location and Nearby Lodging

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 Chester, 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.

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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.

Venue Staff

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 Chester, SC, for the first time, we want you to feel like you have all the information you need to make an informed purchasing decision.

We would be happy to go over:
  • Venue Pricing
  • Ceremony Specifics
  • Reception Specifics
  • Catering Possibilities
  • Decorating Possibilities
  • Entertainment Options
  • Photography and Photo Opportunities
  • Venue Amenities
  • Bridal Party Needs
  • Groomsman Needs

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.

Decor

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.

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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.

Photo Opportunities

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 Chester, 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.

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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.

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The Premier Corporate Event Venue in Chester, SC

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.

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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!

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Latest News in Chester, SC

McCrory Selected as Design-Builder of Innovative New Processing Facility for Last Step Recycling in Chester, SC

Columbia, South Carolina — McCrory Construction has been awarded a design-build contract by Last Step Recycling, LLC (LSR) for a new 230,000-square-foot processing facility situated on a 54-acre site in Chester Technology Park in Chester, S.C.Founded in 2019, Last Step Recycling processes automotive shredder residue (ASR) to capture metals such as copper, aluminum, and other resources that would ...

Columbia, South Carolina — McCrory Construction has been awarded a design-build contract by Last Step Recycling, LLC (LSR) for a new 230,000-square-foot processing facility situated on a 54-acre site in Chester Technology Park in Chester, S.C.

Founded in 2019, Last Step Recycling processes automotive shredder residue (ASR) to capture metals such as copper, aluminum, and other resources that would normally go to a landfill. These recycled metals are then sold for use in appliances, automobiles, and technology equipment across numerous industries. The company’s new processing facility in Chester will receive ASR from other recycling plants that have shredded car parts and other scrap metal for recycling.

“McCrory is proud to be the design-builder of choice for Last Step Recycling as they implement their first-ever building program to house a next-generation, proprietary process. Our team’s ability to deliver the project on a fast-track in keeping with their budget, was a differentiating factor. Not only does McCrory have single-source responsibility for design and construction, but we are also handling the process equipment purchase and installation,” said McCrory’s Stephen Cooper, Senior Project Manager.

Construction is well underway with foundations expected to start this month. The $46 million facility is scheduled for completion at the end of June 2022 – less than 12 months after breaking ground. McCrory’s architectural design partner for this significant project is McMillan Pazdan Smith, with Alliance Consulting Engineers, Inc. providing civil design, and Brit Peters and Associates providing structural design.

“It’s exciting to be at the forefront in helping LSR create a facility for its unique operation. Beyond the obvious green implications of reducing waste and preserving natural resources, the remaining automotive shredder material after processing is clean enough to be used as surface cover for landfills,” said Cooper.

When in full operation, LSR will have the capacity to accept and process over 360,000 tons of automotive shredder residue annually.

About McCrory Construction

McCrory Construction, headquartered in Columbia, South Carolina, with an office in Greenville, South Carolina is a full- service general contractor that has operated continuously since 1918. Licensed in 13 states throughout the Southeast, McCrory has served an array of private and public sector clients through more than 3,000 general construction, design- build and construction management projects. Now under fifth generation private ownership, McCrory continues to be a leading force in retail, industrial, commercial, healthcare and multi-family construction in the Southeast. To learn more, visit mccroryconstruction.com.

'We had to rebrand' | International companies eye Chester County for investment

In 2010, Chester County had a 22% unemployment rate. Last month, that number was about 4.9%.CHESTER COUNTY, S.C. — The Sun Fiber CEO and the China General Chamber of Commerce hosted an event to talk about sustaining the environment and the economy in Chester County.Leaders from international companies traveled to Chester County Friday to talk about opportunities for growth. The county rebranded itself in recent years and attracted new manufacturing ...

In 2010, Chester County had a 22% unemployment rate. Last month, that number was about 4.9%.

CHESTER COUNTY, S.C. — The Sun Fiber CEO and the China General Chamber of Commerce hosted an event to talk about sustaining the environment and the economy in Chester County.

Leaders from international companies traveled to Chester County Friday to talk about opportunities for growth. The county rebranded itself in recent years and attracted new manufacturing jobs.

In 2010, Chester County had a 22% unemployment rate. Last month, that number was about 4.9%. It's a big difference for a rural community that struggled when textile mills shut down.

“It was very difficult in the early 2000s when our industries left and we had to rebrand,” Brooke Clinton, President of Chester County’s Chamber of Commerce, said.

Clinton watched and helped her community transform into a manufacturing hub in recent years, with companies like GITI Tire and Sun Fiber opening facilities in Chester County and creating jobs.

“They are attracted to Chester County primarily for our location – we’re close to the port of Charleston, we’re close to Charlotte Douglas International Airport, and we also have the railroad system, which is a huge benefit here in Chester County,” Clinton said.

On Friday, Sun Fiber CEO Ya Sun and the China General Chamber of Commerce, which represents Chinese companies nationwide, hosted an event in Chester County to talk about new opportunities.

“How nice South Carolina, particularly the Chester area, is to any investment because of the convenient transportation to Charleston and also the airport,” Sun said through a translator, explaining why she wants other companies to know more about Chester County. “As well as I-77 and the friendly environment for manufacturing and other businesses as well.”

South Carolina Secretary of Commerce Harry Lightsey attended the event. He said Chester County is a good example of how South Carolina was able to rebrand in the last decade.

“When I left the state 10 years ago, there were a number of counties that had unemployment over 20%, now we don’t have a single county,” Lightsey said.

A lot of the discussions at the event were on sustainability, and how recycling as a business could sustain the environment and the economy. Business leaders identified that as one more opportunity for Chester.

1 person dead after fatal house fire in Richburg, officials say

The fire was extinguished by the morning, officials said.CHESTER COUNTY, S.C. — One person is dead following a house fire in Chester County late Saturday night, according to the Chester County Sheriff's Office.Firefighters with the Richburg Fire Department arrived at the home located on Greene Drive around 10:10 p.m. where they fo...

The fire was extinguished by the morning, officials said.

CHESTER COUNTY, S.C. — One person is dead following a house fire in Chester County late Saturday night, according to the Chester County Sheriff's Office.

Firefighters with the Richburg Fire Department arrived at the home located on Greene Drive around 10:10 p.m. where they found a home fully engulfed in flames.

A victim was found dead inside the home, the sheriff's office said.

The fire was extinguished by the morning and not much of the home was left standing, officials said.

Chester County Sheriff’s Investigators, along with the Chester County Coroner, and SLED Arson Agents responded to the scene.

WCNC Charlotte has reached out for more information regarding the incident.

The Richburg Fire - Rescue Facebook page also posted about the incident. According to the agency, two other homes were damaged due to the heat from the fire.

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NWS confirms tornado in Chester County, S.C.

All had calmed in Chester County after some tense moments in a tornado warning.CHESTER COUNTY, S.C. (WBTV) - Severe weather brought a tornado to Chester County after severe storms rolled through the area Monday, the National Weather Service confirmed Wednesday.According to the NWS, an EF-0 tornado touched down around 6:34 p.m. four miles west of Great Falls.The emergency management director of Chester County told WBTV Tuesday they had been talking to National Weather Service when the tornado warning started.&ldq...

All had calmed in Chester County after some tense moments in a tornado warning.

CHESTER COUNTY, S.C. (WBTV) - Severe weather brought a tornado to Chester County after severe storms rolled through the area Monday, the National Weather Service confirmed Wednesday.

According to the NWS, an EF-0 tornado touched down around 6:34 p.m. four miles west of Great Falls.

The emergency management director of Chester County told WBTV Tuesday they had been talking to National Weather Service when the tornado warning started.

“It’s hard to think about it,” says Donna Creed. “It’s hard to believe it happened.”

When Creed got the tornado warning alert on her phone, she took cover with her son in a hallway. Once the coast was clear, she went out to look how her house faired.

”I went out the front door and saw all the trees down. And I said oh honey I think this is a tornado,” she says.

Twisted and snapped trees littered her yard as tree parts were thrown around like they weighed nothing.

”It was unbelievable. You don’t expect that to happen at your house,” she says.

While locked away in the hallway, Creed’s husband was outside working in the shop. He took cover but heard everything that was going on around him.

”He heard a couple big booms. He knew some trees had fallen but he didn’t know the extent,” she says.

Two days after the winds roared, National Weather Service surveyors walked the area checking out the damage. Confirming what the Creeds already felt they knew.

”You’re seeing snapped trees. You’re seeing uprooting of smaller trees. And it’s on a narrow path indicating you had a small feature moving along that had some rotation causing damage,” says NWS Meteorologist Steve Wilkinson.

The surveyors said the EF-0 was pinging their radar when it touched down, but if it was not for Creed calling.

”We probably wouldn’t have found this. So you might of that well this is a false alarm,” says Wilkinson.

The latest info is giving Creed some closure, but for her, the peace of mind is much more valuable.

”We’re just glad we’re safe and our house didn’t get much damage,” says Creed.

Just before Creed had called, the emergency management director thought all had calmed in Chester County after some tense moments in a tornado warning.

”Pretty much no damage was reported. Some limbs and small trees but nothing major,” said Emergency Management Director, Ed Darby, on Tuesday.

That is until Ed Darby got a phone call Tuesday morning. A farm out in the Great Falls area had trees snapped in half and it looked like a tornado could have swept through. When the Emergency Management Director gave NWS the address, he got some important information.

”They said that address was exactly where they thought there was some rotation,” he said.

The damage is on Dewitt and Golf Course Roads in Chester County. The emergency management director says a woman called in saying her trees around her farm looked like they were snapped off.

Trees that were snapped like twigs left a maze of destruction. Some even looked upside down as the tops lay broken on the ground.

The trees however were a great indicator. Darby said if it wasn’t for the phone call, they might not have known an event big enough to call the NWS in even happened.

”If a roof has blown off, yeah we’ll know. But if it’s just people see some trees down there might now be a report about it because it’s not damaged enough to call 911,” he said.

Darby said those reports are crucial to getting data that can later help track patterns or even get grants to rebuild. So the emergency management team can keep helping the people living in the county.

”It’s personal to us. Everything’s Chester to us. We want to take care of our people,” he says.

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EF0 tornado confirmed in Chester County on Monday

CHESTER COUNTY, S.C. — An EF0 tornado with wind speeds up to 75 mph touched down near Great Falls in Chester County, South Carolina, on Monday, the National Weather Service confirmed.The tornado touched down near Dewitt Road west of Great Falls during Monday's severe weather outbreak in t...

CHESTER COUNTY, S.C. — An EF0 tornado with wind speeds up to 75 mph touched down near Great Falls in Chester County, South Carolina, on Monday, the National Weather Service confirmed.

The tornado touched down near Dewitt Road west of Great Falls during Monday's severe weather outbreak in the Carolinas. The storm moved northeast for about half a mile, causing damage to trees and uplifting some before lifting northeast of Dewitt Road.

This is the second confirmed tornado in the Charlotte area on Monday. National Weather Service crews also confirmed a tornado touched down near Reedy Creek, along the Mecklenburg-Cabarrus county line.

A second tornado was confirmed in the upstate of South Carolina, occurring about 2 miles northeast of Boiling Springs before ending near the town of Chesnee. That tornado had 110 mph winds and was on the ground for just over 5 miles.

Thousands of people lost electricity during Monday's storms, which took down trees and power lines near Harrisburg. The second round of storms brought damaging winds and a possible tornado to northern Stanly County Monday evening.

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