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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

South Carolina county gives inmates access to tablets while incarcerated

Inmates will be allowed to complete court paperwork, find educational resources, as well as access to some games, music and movies, officials said.CHESTER COUNTY, S.C. — Inmates at the Chester County Jail will now have access to tablets, county leaders said.Officials said they have about one tablet per inmate in Chester County. The devices can be used for services like reporting an illness or grievance inside the jail, as well as find resource...

Inmates will be allowed to complete court paperwork, find educational resources, as well as access to some games, music and movies, officials said.

CHESTER COUNTY, S.C. — Inmates at the Chester County Jail will now have access to tablets, county leaders said.

Officials said they have about one tablet per inmate in Chester County. The devices can be used for services like reporting an illness or grievance inside the jail, as well as find resources for education.

Inmates will also be able to complete court paperwork on the tables. They'll also have access to some games, music and movies.

The jail houses approximately 90 inmates.

Earlier this year, Sheriff Max Dorsey told WCNC Charlotte the building — which was built in the 1970s — is showing major structural issues, even in the newer portion. Dorsey said building a new jail could cost roughly $40 million, but the entire county has an annual budget of $25 million, according to Chester County Councilman Pete Wilson.

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Chester County teacher under investigation for ‘unwarranted touching,’ deputies say

Chester County teacher under investigation for ‘unwarranted touching,’ deputies sayBy WSOCTV.com News StaffCHESTER COUNTY, S.C. — The Chester County Sheriff’s Office is investigating what parents say are allegations of inappropriate contact by a teacher at a South Carolina middle school.The sheriff’s office said the allegations were so strong that they chose to step in.According to the sheriff’s office report, the teacher is accused of “unwarranted touching.” In the ...

Chester County teacher under investigation for ‘unwarranted touching,’ deputies say

By WSOCTV.com News Staff

CHESTER COUNTY, S.C. — The Chester County Sheriff’s Office is investigating what parents say are allegations of inappropriate contact by a teacher at a South Carolina middle school.

The sheriff’s office said the allegations were so strong that they chose to step in.

According to the sheriff’s office report, the teacher is accused of “unwarranted touching.” In the report dated April 22, a school resource officer said he was called into the office by the principal to talk about an incident that may have taken place on school grounds.

No other information was provided in the report.

Parents told Channel 9′s Glenn Counts the situation has been boiling for a few weeks. They said they are highly critical of the Lewisville Middle School’s administration because they were not notified about the situation right away.

“Basically, parents are looking for transparency. They are looking for compassion,” parent Kristian Adams said.

Adams said her 13-year-old son, Shane, is a student at Lewisville Middle School. She said he was one of the students interviewed in regard to the allegation by school officials without her knowledge.

“They did not tell me anything about it. They did not ask permission,” Adams said.

Parents told Channel 9 that the allegations concern a teacher who had inappropriate contact with a student. The teacher is also accused of saying inappropriate things to others in front of several other students.

In a statement to Channel 9, the Chester County School District said the following:

“Chester County School District received information of a possible Title IX violation involving one of its employees. Upon learning of the allegations, the school involved immediately contacted the District’s Human Resources Department and law enforcement to initiate the investigation in accordance with the protocols listed under Title IX. All persons in direct connection to the investigation, including students and parents, have been notified.

“It was recently questioned by the school if rumors were circulating on social media against any of its staff members. No information on the allegations, or the fact that there was a formal investigation, was disclosed to any person outside of the investigation. This is a personnel matter which is being addressed per Chester County School Board policy.”

Adams said the school should have contacted the sheriff’s office early on.

“This should be concerning to everybody. I mean all parents,” Adams said. “They essentially acted like we didn’t have any rights or opinions as parents. Like the kids’ rights stopped or the parent’s rights stopped when those kids walked through that front door. And they were treated more like suspects than victims. That’s a problem.”

Parents told Channel 9 that the teacher has been placed on leave.

Channel 9 reached out to Lewisville Middle School to see if the teacher involved has been placed on leave, but has not heard back.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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

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 ...

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.

Letter: SC House Candidate Calls On Lawmakers To Invoke Sine Die Resolution

Dear Editor,While all conservative Christians can be encouraged that the Supreme Court may be willing to overturn the egregious Roe v. Wade opinion, the fact of the matter is the most likely course will be to turn over the decision to the states.Therefore I am calling on all conservatives in the House to demand that the sine die resolution, which controls what legislation can be conside...

Dear Editor,

While all conservative Christians can be encouraged that the Supreme Court may be willing to overturn the egregious Roe v. Wade opinion, the fact of the matter is the most likely course will be to turn over the decision to the states.

Therefore I am calling on all conservatives in the House to demand that the sine die resolution, which controls what legislation can be considered after general session ends next week, include a provision to pass an abortion ban.

For too long, Republicans in the legislature have waffled on the issue of protecting unborn life by hiding behind the federal court rulings. Instead they have passed weak, timid bills so they can claim to be pro-life without actually passing anything of substance.

When the ‘Heartbeat Bill’ was introduced in the House, our representatives failed to strengthen the bill or remove exceptions. If Roe v. Wade is overturned next month, abortion will still be legal in South Carolina.

Not only did my opponent, Randy Ligon, refuse to support an amendment to remove exceptions, he has consistently voted to fund Planned Parenthood and use taxpayer money to pay for abortions in the state budget.

We need courageous representatives who are willing to fight for life, liberty, and our conservative principles.

Sincerely,

Editor’s Note: Corral is challenging incumbent state representative Randy Ligon for S.C. House District 43 in York and Chester Counties. Connect with Mark at www.markcorral.com.

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Fort Mill’s championship baseball program will redevelop Rock Hill property

A baseball program built on a historic run of success in Fort Mill plans to open a new facility in Rock Hill.Mill Town Industrial Properties submitted plans April 7 to rezone property near District 3 Stadium in Rock Hill for a new baseball training facility. The company is connected to Mill Town Baseball Academy, which formed from the same coaches and many of the same players who won a state championship and then the ...

A baseball program built on a historic run of success in Fort Mill plans to open a new facility in Rock Hill.

Mill Town Industrial Properties submitted plans April 7 to rezone property near District 3 Stadium in Rock Hill for a new baseball training facility. The company is connected to Mill Town Baseball Academy, which formed from the same coaches and many of the same players who won a state championship and then the Dixie Youth Baseball World Series last summer representing Fort Mill.

The Rock Hill plan would transform a former lumberyard just south of the high school football stadium, between Chester Street and Lancaster Avenue.

There are five buildings on the property, which is more than 3 acres. Three buildings would be removed. One would be used for indoor baseball training. The other is shown on a submitted sketch plan as a possible restaurant.

The removed buildings would make way for parking to serve the project. A later phase would be an outdoor baseball field for training.

Chris Mattox is listed as the applicant. Ryan Smith addressed the Rock Hill city planning commission to outline plans. Both were coaches with the Fort Mill squad last summer that since has grown to include travel teams as Mill Town Baseball.

“Chris and I grew up playing baseball around the Fort Mill, Charlotte area,” Smith told the commission earlier this week. “Went on to play college ball, each of us. Both of us have been fairly successful in our careers and our lives, and we attribute a lot of that to being raised on the ballfields. Being taught life skills through baseball.”

The success of last summer’s team, formed of all stars from the town parks and recreation program, continued even beyond the World Series run.

“From there we said, ‘We can’t stop here,’” Smith said.

The main building that will be used for training is 11,000 square feet and has 20-plus-foot ceilings. It would be perfect for baseball training, Smith said, and softball at some point, too. Smith said he’d like Fort Mill, Rock Hill and surrounding areas to become known as a baseball hotbed.

“It just makes perfect sense for us to further that mission,” he said.

The planning commission recommended the rezoning, but the final decision comes from Rock Hill City Council. Rock Hill is a city known for youth sports, from its investment in sites like Cherry Park and Manchester Meadows to its “Football City USA” moniker and familiar “Competition Lives Here” motto.

The training site also would be an infill project to grow downtown development, other common city goals.

“What you guys are doing, working with youth, that’s right up our alley here,” said planning commission chair Randy Graham.

This story was originally published May 5, 2022 11:37 AM.

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