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 Darlington, 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 Darlington, 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 Darlington 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 Darlington'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 Darlington.
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 Darlington, 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 Darlington, 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 Darlington, 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 Darlington, SC, we have worked with dozens of photographers over the years.
Our experience has allowed us to cultivate a list of preferred photographers - all of whom have the talent to take your pictures to the next level in a setting they're familiar with. We encourage you to check out our gallery to get a sense of the scope of our wedding venue and gain inspiration from other happy couples.
The gallery on our website is extensive but be sure to check out our Facebook and Instagram pages as well. We keep our social pages updated with recent wedding photographs, giving you an incredible resource that you can use for your own photography purposes.
Abney Hall is known across the United States for our stunning weddings, but we also play host to some of the largest corporate events in South Carolina. Why choose a bland, lifeless meeting space when you can enjoy the beauty of Mother Nature coupled with a professional atmosphere? If you have an important team-building event or corporate conference that you have to coordinate, look no further than Abney Hall.
The epitome of class and style, our corporate event space is large, lavish, and chock-full of onsite amenities for you and your co-workers to enjoy. If your team needs a morale boost, don't bring them to the local Olive Garden for a cheap lunch. Treat them to a refreshing experience in our main dining room, where we can work with you to incorporate your catering options with the goals of your event.
When the hard work is done, and your team needs a breather, what better way to relax than with a quick dip in our pool? To burn off a little steam, head over to our brand-new tennis court - the perfect place to get some exercise in an ultra-private setting while you enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. Don't forget to bring your fishing poles for a couple of hours of fishing. There's even an opportunity to go hunting if you wish.
If you're ready to learn more about Abney Hall as your wedding venue, don't hesitate to reach out. We would love to hear more about your plans, your vision, and your needs. We know that planning a wedding isn't easy. It takes time, attention to detail, and a whole lot of patience. Our goal is to help provide you with all the info you need to learn more about our venue. Once you decide on a date, we'll work closely with you and your vendors to craft a wedding experience that you will treasure for the rest of your life.
Our available dates for your big day are going quick, especially during peak seasons like spring and fall. We look forward to hearing from you soon!Contact us today for a FREE initial consultation
The Falcons and the rest of the league are a week away from the NFL draft, but a bomb was dropped on Wednesday when Jeff Darlington reported that Deebo Samuel officially requested a trade from the 49ers. The former South Carolina Gamecock reported...
The Falcons and the rest of the league are a week away from the NFL draft, but a bomb was dropped on Wednesday when Jeff Darlington reported that Deebo Samuel officially requested a trade from the 49ers. The former South Carolina Gamecock reportedly “wants to move on” and “has put a halt to everything for right now,” even though John Lynch and the San Fran front office were ready to move forward with contract negotiations.
Reports indicate that Samuel doesn’t want to play a hybrid role and would rather be a more traditional receiver. However, the most significant factor in him being so valuable and worth close to $30 million AAV is his ability to threaten defenses as a running back and pass catcher. It makes sense for Samuel to prolong his professional career this way, but he severely undercuts his value by stating these desires.
Another point being made about Samuel’s request to be traded from San Francisco is the inclination to play closer to home, according to Adam Schefter. Samuel is from Inman, South Carolina, which is less than three hours away from Atlanta.
From Wednesday’s NFL Live: one of the central factors that could be driving Deebo Samuel’s desire to be traded away from San Francisco. pic.twitter.com/D83XEsQx41
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 21, 2022
Obviously, this isn’t the defining factor in determining where Samuel will play in 2022, but it does benefit the Falcons. Atlanta currently boasts one of the worst receiving cores in the league. Should they pursue the disgruntled star? And what are the odds the Falcons actually land him?
Trading for Samuel will require parting ways with several valuable draft picks as well as a lucrative, long-term deal. I don’t necessarily believe the Falcons are in a position to trade away any picks for any position that isn’t a premium position — quarterback, EDGE, etc. The Falcons aren’t one Deebo Samuel away from competing, even if it will kickstart the rebuild, and it’s not wise to build a roster from the outside in. Building out is much more sustainable.
Paying Samuel is also another hurdle the Falcons would have to climb, but it’s not as big of a deal as the compensation. Handing a receiver/running back $30 million AAV will never be my cup of tea, but the Falcons will be able to afford it going forward.
The team’s total cap liabilities are estimated to be just under $89 million next offseason, which puts them in a position to be big spenders come the spring of 2023. With the league’s salary cap estimated to rise to $220-225 million in 2023, the Falcons should have between $131-136 million in cap space. That’s plenty of room to fit Samuel’s new contract under.
The logistics would work out, but the team’s timeline doesn’t warrant trading for a player like Samuel. Atlanta doesn’t have a long-term solution at quarterback, and Marcus Mariota is in no position to lead this subpar roster to the playoffs. You can always find weapons before a signal caller, but I’d argue that money would be better spent on pass rushers and offensive linemen in free agency next spring.
Still, the prospect of a player like Samuel with Cordarrelle Patterson and Kyle Pitts in Arthur Smith’s offense is extremely enticing. The first-time head coach has already proven with Patterson that he can accentuate Samuel’s skillset.
For Women’s History Month, meet one of the women powering the grid at Duke EnergyNorthampton, MA --News Direct-- Duke EnergyEditor’s note: This is part of a series for Women’s History Month about women at Duke Energy who power the grid. Read the other two stories about the crews who build power lines ...
For Women’s History Month, meet one of the women powering the grid at Duke Energy
Northampton, MA --News Direct-- Duke Energy
Editor’s note: This is part of a series for Women’s History Month about women at Duke Energy who power the grid. Read the other two stories about the crews who build power lines and substations and deliver electricity to your home.
Three stories high on a concrete deck overlooking Lake Robinson, a 70-foot-long turbine rotates to generate 759 megawatts of carbon-free electricity at Robinson Nuclear Plant in Hartsville, South Carolina. It’s Nicole Flippin’s favorite place because she can see the plant, hear its hum and feel the connection between it and the power lines that deliver electricity for half a million people.
Flippin is Robinson Nuclear Plant’s site vice president – the plant’s top leader, responsible for its operations, engineering, maintenance and training – and she visits the turbine deck frequently as a reminder of their purpose.
“Even after 21 years in the nuclear power industry, when I walk onto the turbine deck and think about the turbine spinning at 1,800 revolutions per minute,” she said, “I still get excited to come to work at Robinson every day and make electricity.”
Flippin was the plant manager at Robinson when she was promoted to her current role in December 2021 and has worked many jobs in nuclear power plants from engineer to senior reactor operator and maintenance manager. As site vice president, her day involves a mix of technical tasks like reviewing the plant’s performance and planning for emergent and long-term maintenance and people-oriented tasks like staffing and employee development.
“One of the great things about working in the nuclear power is that you have the opportunity to do all different things,” Flippin said. “I learn something new every day about our plants and the communities that we serve.”
Robinson Nuclear Plant started operating in 1971 as the first nuclear power plant in the Southeast and in Duke Energy’s fleet. Today, Duke Energy employs more than 400 people and contributes $45 million in payroll and property taxes annually in Darlington County.
Although nuclear power has decades of operating experience, the industry is finding with new nuclear designs including small modular reactors that take up less space and are less expensive to build, and advanced technologies that are even safer, more efficient and flexible.
Robinson Nuclear Plant is licensed through 2030, and Duke Energy plans to submit a to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission to operate the plant for an additional 20 years. As part of that effort, Flippin and her team are looking for opportunities to further modernize the plant with digital controls and use new technology like drones and other robotics to make operations more efficient.
More than $30 million investment to create over 50 new jobs COLUMBIA, S.C. – ...
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Fiber Industries, a leading American textiles manufacturer, today announced plans to expand operations in Darlington County. The company’s more than $30 million investment will create over 50 new jobs.
A full-service manufacturer, Fiber Industries produces polyester staple fiber for high-end performance fabrics, workwear, knit goods, the automotive industry and more.
Currently employing more than 300 individuals and located at 1000 East McIver Road in Darlington, Fiber Industries’ expansion includes increased capacity through the restoration and modernization of production lines. Fiber Industries will also use the additional investment to install state-of-the-art control systems and increase warehouse space.
The company expects to complete the expansion project in early 2023. Those interested in joining the Fiber Industries team should visit the company’s careers page.
The South Carolina Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits related to the Fiber Industries expansion project. The council also awarded Darlington County a $300,000 Rural Infrastructure Fund grant to assist with the costs of building improvements.
“We are excited about the continuing growth of our facility which is now even better positioned to serve the needs of the American textile industry. We also are proud to be part of the wider effort to reshore jobs and bring textile manufacturing back to the USA. We thank the state of South Carolina as well as Darlington County for their unwavering support.” -Fiber Industries CEO Don Bockoven
“We congratulate Fiber Industries’ continued success in South Carolina and the additional jobs it is creating in the Darlington County community. We've worked hard to create a pro-business environment in South Carolina, and Fiber Industries’ new expansion is further evidence that our strategy is paying off.” -Gov. Henry McMaster
“South Carolina has a long and storied history as a textile manufacturing leader, and this expansion by Fiber Industries builds on that tradition. The expansion of Fiber Industries’ operation is tremendous news for Darlington County, and we look forward to the positive difference that these new jobs will make for our economy and communities.” -Secretary of Commerce Harry M. Lightsey III
“Darlington County Council is pleased that Fiber Industries, a production leader in high-quality polyester staple, chose in 2017 to reopen the former Wellman Industries plant located in Darlington, S.C. Their commitment to excellence has allowed them to grow and, to date, create nearly 300 full-time jobs. Fiber Industries’ expansion announcement of more than $30 million and over 50 new jobs is great news. We celebrate their decision to continue to invest in Darlington County. We are proud to have Fiber Industries as one of Darlington County’s leading manufacturers and their significant contributions to our quality of life and business-friendly community. We look forward to their continued success.” -Darlington County Council Chair Bobby Hudson
DARLINGTON, S.C. (WBTW)– Darlington residents are showing their support for a historic school with an uncertain future.An online petition called ...
DARLINGTON, S.C. (WBTW)– Darlington residents are showing their support for a historic school with an uncertain future.
An online petition called “Save Saint John’s Elementary” received more than 1,000 signatures only four days after its creation. According to the Darlington County Historical Commission, Saint John’s is the oldest still-operating school in the state.
The petition was created after the Darlington County School District board’s February meeting, during which Superintendent Tim Newman discussed merging the students of Saint John’s with those from Rosenwald Elementary/Middle in Society Hill at a new facility as part of the district’s master facilities plan.
“It’s a beautiful building that many people have many fond memories about, but the reality is that it’s a four-story, challenged facility,” Newman said. “It just gets to a point where it is actually more expensive to do renovations than to build.”
Newman said Saint John’s and Rosenwald cost around $5 million per year to maintain, compared to around $3 million per year for a newer facility with a similar number of students. For many residents, though, the cost to the district is less important than the Saint John’s history and location.
“It’s a big part of this community and I think it’s shameful just to decide to write it off,” Jenny Altman, who lives near the school and signed the petition said. “And I think others agree.”
Altman attended Saint John’s and so did her mother, as well as generations of Darlingtonians before them.
Saint John’s was founded in 1818. Brian Gainey, director of the Darlington County Historical Commission, said it was a military school, then a high school and now an elementary school. He said during the Reconstruction era after the Civil War it was stripped down for building materials, and then rebuilt with federal funds. It also had the state’s first school orchestra.
“It seems to be a trend to knock down history these days,” Altman said. “But I think if you keep knocking our history down, then what do we have to show our children of what we came from?”
Altman said she would prefer the school to remain open, but wants to see it properly preserved, if not.
A spokesperson for the Darlington County School District said the board has not yet taken action to close the school. Instead, it is up to the administration to gather more information on the school’s needs ahead of the next meeting in March. The project could be completed with existing district funds and would not require a referendum.
DARLINGTON, S.C. (WPDE) — Several students at Darlington High School say they won't take part in this year's Black History program because the district won't allow them to perform...
DARLINGTON, S.C. (WPDE) — Several students at Darlington High School say they won't take part in this year's Black History program because the district won't allow them to perform a play the way they want to do it.
Darlington High School's Student Body President Tiera King said they practiced all week for next week's assembly only to learn they can't perform the part of their play that featured a lyrical dance showing what happened to George Floyd.
Even though it’s representing George Floyd, why should that offend you? It happened . It shouldn’t offend you. It happened," said King.
Christopher McBride said he was one of the students in the play and portrayed the part of a man on the ground with a person's knee on his neck.
"I was the person that was laying on the ground. And the girl she put her knee on my neck in part of the routine. I kind of feel like it was no reason to be offended by it because it happened in history. What’s wrong with showcasing history now. It’s like people don’t want to talk about what’s going on now days. They just want to focus on what happened long long time ago," said McBride.
Emily Britt said she was also in the play.
Britt said she's deeply hurt that the play won't go on as intended by the school employee who wrote it.
"Me being a white girl in the program. I wasn’t offended by it, because it’s stuff that really happened. So why would somebody else be offended by it. It just hurt me," said Britt.
Indiya Johnson said they spent a lot of time practicing and making sure the play would be portrayed in such a way that it impacts students.
Johnson said she's watched other Black History programs at the school and really wanted to be apart of this one.
“This is my senior year, my last year. And I really enjoyed watching all the other Black History programs. I just felt like this is my last year and I wanted to make my mark on the school. So I wanted to participate. You can’t change history. If they want us to shelter what we say because they feel uncomfortable oh well, I feel uncomfortable too. Because we can’t show what actually happened. It’s a true hurts, oh well," said Johnson.
Darlington County School District Public Information Officer Audrey Childers sent ABC 15 the following statement on behalf of the district:
A concern was raised about an assembly that was to take place on Monday at Darlington High School. In an effort to gain clarity about the concern, the school sought access to the proposed program but was denied. We look forward to the Black History program currently planned for Monday featuring retired educator and community leader Dr. Allie Brooks.
The students said they're not changing the play and won't participate at all in this year's Black History program.
Jaylen Malcom said if they can't do it the way they want to at school, they'll find another place to perform it.
"Just because we stopping the play. Or they're going to do something else, doesn't stop what's going to happen.Just because we're not shedding light in this way. There's always other opportunities to shed light in other ways," said Malcom.
Some people in the community said the students need to understand that everything can't be done their way and in life you don't want to offend people.
Others said it's good the students are standing up for what they believe in and should be applauded for their bravery.