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
DARLINGTON, S.C. — Five candidates are running for District 5 and 7 seats on the Darlington County School Board.The District 5 seat is held by Richard Brewer, who is seeking re-election, and the schools represented in this district are Darlington County Institute of Technology and Darlington Middle School. Brewer will be facing Amanda Thompsen for the seat.The elections will be held on Nov. 8.Brewer joined the school board four years ago. He is a Christian, married for 42 years, is a father, is a Navy veteran, and ...
DARLINGTON, S.C. — Five candidates are running for District 5 and 7 seats on the Darlington County School Board.
The District 5 seat is held by Richard Brewer, who is seeking re-election, and the schools represented in this district are Darlington County Institute of Technology and Darlington Middle School. Brewer will be facing Amanda Thompsen for the seat.
The elections will be held on Nov. 8.
Brewer joined the school board four years ago. He is a Christian, married for 42 years, is a father, is a Navy veteran, and is retired from General Electric.
“I am a servant to my students, teachers, and staff,” Brewer said. “I do my utmost to make their experience in the school system the best it can be.”
Amanda Thompsen was born and raised in western North Carolina, attending T.C. Roberson High School in Skyland, N.C. then studying at N.C. State University and Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health in Atlanta.
She and her husband moved to Hartsville in 2003 for his job at Sonoco. Shortly after, their son was born at Carolina Pines RMC and then two years later a daughter was born. The Thompsens have since made Darlington County their home. Amanda Thompsen and her children have encountered many loving and encouraging teachers, and it’s through this experience that she’s grown to appreciate educators as they face challenges.
Both of her children chose to attend Mayo High School. Their educational foundations were built at Washington Street Elementary, West Hartsville Elementary and Hartsville Middle School.
The District 7 seat is held by Wanda Hassler, who is seeking re-election, and West Hartsville Elementary School is represented by this district.
Hassler will be facing Jacqueline DuBose and Jimmie E. Epling for the seat.
Wanda Hassler was born in Rockingham, N.C. She earned her bachelor’s degree in biology from Davidson College and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Hassler served in the United States Air Force from 1983 to 1988 and reached the rank of captain.
Hassler and her husband, Terry, moved to Hartsville almost 30 years ago. Their four children all attended Darlington County schools. She has served on numerous boards in Darlington County, including the YMCA, the Billy Hardee Home for Boys, the Darlington County Education Foundation, St Luke United Methodist Staff Parish Relations, and president of the United Methodist Women. Her passion for education in Darlington County began while serving in various volunteer roles, including PTO president, co-founder and president of the Carolina Elementary School Education Foundation, co-chair of the Darlington County School District successful 2003 bond referendum and a school board representative for the 2020 South Carolina Accountability Advisory Committee. She also works as a registered nurse with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.
Jacqueline DuBose was born in Columbia and is the daughter of Lula Hicks and Woodrow Hicks. Her parents moved to Hartsville over 50 years ago and their family has been rooted in Hartsville ever since.
She and her siblings attended St. Mary’s School, Washington Street Elementary School, and Southside Elementary School. DuBose is a bus driver for the school district, a job she has done for over six years.
“I have observed the needs of the quality of children’s education,” DuBose said. “I feel that I can contribute to helping make changes that will benefit the children. My mission is to strive to be transparent as a board member in Darlington County School District with the wisdom of God and working alongside other board members to address the challenges, obstacles, and to help prevent the calamity like that was nationally shown.”
Jimmie Epling was born in Eastern Kentucky. He has over 40 years of library experience in a variety of roles. Epling holds a bachelor’s degree in secondary education in history and economics from the University of Kentucky and a master’s degree in library science from the University of South Carolina. He earned the Kentucky certificate of management fundamentals in 2007.
He began his career in libraries at the Boyd County Public Library in Kentucky. He later worked in the reference and genealogy departments at Boyd County Public Library, cataloging the library’s historical document collection and developing a searchable computer database for the collection. He is director of the Darlington County Public Library. He began work on August 1, 2012, moving the library forward with a focus on services and technology, and making it relevant to the community.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:COLUMBIA, S.C. — The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) is investigating a cluster of Legionnaires’ disease cases in Darlington County. To date, 13 people have been identified as part of this cluster.Legionnaires’ disease is a pneumonia caused by the bacteria Legionella and includes symptoms of fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath and muscle aches. People can get sick from Legionella by breathing in small particles of water containi...
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COLUMBIA, S.C. — The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) is investigating a cluster of Legionnaires’ disease cases in Darlington County. To date, 13 people have been identified as part of this cluster.
Legionnaires’ disease is a pneumonia caused by the bacteria Legionella and includes symptoms of fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath and muscle aches. People can get sick from Legionella by breathing in small particles of water containing the bacteria. Legionella is not spread from person to person.
“The risk of Legionnaires’ disease among residents of Darlington is low,” said Dr. Abdoulaye Diedhiou, director of DHEC’s Division of Acute Disease Epidemiology. “Most people exposed to Legionella do not develop Legionnaires’ disease.”
People over the age of 50, especially those who smoke cigarettes and those with weakened immune systems, chronic lung disease or other chronic health conditions are at increased risk for Legionnaires’ disease.Those at higher risk of getting a severe infection should seek medical care early if they have the above symptoms. Health care providers should test for other causes of respiratory illness, including influenza, COVID-19, RSV and others as appropriate. Pneumonia caused by Legionella is treatable with antibiotics.
DHEC’s investigation includes efforts to determine the source of the disease cluster in the community. Investigations into these types of Legionnaires’ clusters are complex. It is often not possible to determine the origin of the bacteria that infected people. Water from cooling towers, hot tubs, misters, decorative fountains and plumbing systems are possible sources of infection.
“We are actively investigating all potential sources,” Diedhiou said.
People concerned about their risk can protect themselves by avoiding breathing in water mists from human-made water systems. Everyone is encouraged to seek medical attention if they begin having symptoms of pneumonia.
DARLINGTON COUNTY, S.C. (WPDE) — The South Carolina Law Enforcement Officers Hall of Fame held an induction ceremony Wednesday afternoon to recognize eight officers for their outstanding contributions to law enforcement in South Carolina, including former Darlington County Sheriff Glenn Campbell.Campbell served as sheriff from 1984-2008, the longest tenure of any sheriff in the county's history.In April of 2017, Darlington County council members approved the following resolution renaming the detention center in Campbell's...
DARLINGTON COUNTY, S.C. (WPDE) — The South Carolina Law Enforcement Officers Hall of Fame held an induction ceremony Wednesday afternoon to recognize eight officers for their outstanding contributions to law enforcement in South Carolina, including former Darlington County Sheriff Glenn Campbell.
Campbell served as sheriff from 1984-2008, the longest tenure of any sheriff in the county's history.
In April of 2017, Darlington County council members approved the following resolution renaming the detention center in Campbell's honor:
“WHEREAS, it is the desire of Darlington County Council to recognize RETIRED Sheriff W. Glenn Campbell for his tireless efforts and dedication to the county; and WHEREAS, W. Glenn Campbell began his career with Darlington County as Sheriff on January 1, 1985. Mr. Campbell resigned from the South Carolina Highway Patrol after 14 years as a Highway Patrolman; and WHEREAS, Darlington County Council acknowledges that W. Glenn Campbell provided 24 years of dedicated service to the citizens of Darlington County providing protection and loyal service; and WHEREAS, W. Glenn Campbell is the longest serving Sheriff in Darlington County’s history dating back to 1784; and WHEREAS, W. Glenn Campbell has demonstrated loyalty, compassion, professionalism, and dedication to the citizens of Darlington County. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the governing body of Darlington County, the Darlington County Council, to honor and commend Retired Sheriff W. Glenn Campbell, not only for his 14 years of service to the State of South Carolina as a Highway Patrolman, but also for his dedicated and loyal 24 years of service as Sheriff in Darlington County. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that Darlington County Council presents this Resolution to Retired Sheriff W. Glenn Campbell in honor of his dedication and commitment to Darlington County Government.”
SCDPS Director Robert G. Woods, IV is chair of the SC Law Enforcement Officers Hall of Fame Advisory Committee that inducted Campbell and the others.
“Today, we rightly honor this group of law enforcement professionals who have demonstrated extraordinary commitment to duty and service throughout their commendable careers,” Woods said. “Their legacy will be preserved and permanently displayed in the South Carolina Law Enforcement Officers Hall of Fame to ensure they are recognized for their diligence, commitment, and service to the state of South Carolina.”
The first ceremony recognizing officers for meritorious service was held in October 2017, and since then, there have been 42 officers inducted into the SC Hall of Fame for excellence in law enforcement.
Photos show the aftermath the day after a devastating fire that badly damaged O'Neals Body Shop and nearly a dozen vehicles on the property off Lamar Highway in Darlington County, South Carolina, on Tuesday, May 2, 2023. (Credit: Tonya Brown)DARLINGTON COUNTY, S.C. (WPDE) — Ten cars, an office building and other priceless mementos were all destroyed Tuesday evening in a massive fire at a body shop in Darlington County.The incident occurred at O’Neal’s body shop in the 1300 block of Lamar Highway in Darlington ...
Photos show the aftermath the day after a devastating fire that badly damaged O'Neals Body Shop and nearly a dozen vehicles on the property off Lamar Highway in Darlington County, South Carolina, on Tuesday, May 2, 2023. (Credit: Tonya Brown)
DARLINGTON COUNTY, S.C. (WPDE) — Ten cars, an office building and other priceless mementos were all destroyed Tuesday evening in a massive fire at a body shop in Darlington County.
The incident occurred at O’Neal’s body shop in the 1300 block of Lamar Highway in Darlington County, according to the shop's owner, Jimmy O’Neal.
Viewer submitted video shows a major fire at a body shop off Lamar Highway in Darlington County, South Carolina on the night of Tuesday, May 2, 2023. (Credit: Viewer submitted)
O'Neal said he has owned the shop for more than four decades.
“I’ve been here 44 years. I help a lot of people. A lot of people help me. It works both ways. I’m not too sad," said O'Neal.
Chief Ricky Flowers with the Darlington County Fire District said when they arrived on the scene, the building was engulfed in flames.
The fire is believed to have been started by employees working on a car. One employee suffered minor injuries and refused medical treatment, said Flowers.
O'Neal said they were working on a fuel tank in a car when the fire started.
“We were putting a gas tank under a car. And the light fell over and ignited the gas tank," said O'Neal.
Traffic had to be rerouted as crews battled the fire.
Several people stopped by the shop Tuesday morning to see the aftermath of the fire, including O'Neal's lifelong friend, Randy Timmons. Timmons said to see all the damage is just heartbreaking.
“I just see a tragedy, tragedy. It’s terrible this happened, you know, to Jimmy. It’s bad, and Jimmy was good to people. Jimmy has been good to people. You can replace material things, you know. We just have to pray for him. I hate this happened. I been knowing Jimmy for a long time. My father passed in 2015. He knew Jimmy good and he and Jimmy were real good buddies. And it’s just terrible this happened," said Timmons.
Shirley Graham is O'Neal’s cousin. She can't believe the shop is gone after 43 years.
“It’s really sad. He’s a good man. He always does people good. And it’s a shame this had to happen. Just pray for him that everything will work out. God has his plan," said Graham.
Viewer submitted video shows a major fire at a body shop off Lamar Highway in Darlington County, South Carolina on the night of Tuesday, May 2, 2023. (Credit: Viewer submitted)
O'Neal's wife said the shop was more like a second home to her. She would walk every day from their house next door to the shop to help her husband. She is just thankful their home didn't burn.
Jimmy O'Neal said he doesn't know what's next for him, but he plans to get back into the car business at some point.
"It’s hard to describe. Really, I mean, you know, I lost everything. And it is what it is. And I’ll put my pieces together and move on. You know that’s all I can do," said O'Neal.
DARLINGTON, S.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Fiber Industries, the largest domestic producer of high-quality polyester staple fiber, today announced the establishment of Darlington Green, a sustainability hub for textiles and...
DARLINGTON, S.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Fiber Industries, the largest domestic producer of high-quality polyester staple fiber, today announced the establishment of Darlington Green, a sustainability hub for textiles and packaging manufacturing and related research, development, and innovation. The company also announced that it has rebranded as Darling Fibers, reflecting its industry leadership in sustainability efforts and support for the local community. Darling Fibers will anchor the Darlington Green hub.
“We are aligning our brand and purpose with our potential,” said Don Bockoven, CEO of Darling Fibers. “Our goal is to build on our rich heritage as an organization by fostering innovation and spurring productivity while preserving and enhancing the environment. We envision accelerating the growth and resilience of America’s textiles and packaging industries through collaboration and partnership.”
To chart a clear path for Darlington Green, Darling Fibers is reimagining its 765-acre campus as a hub for textiles and packaging innovation. As part of that process, Darling Fibers will take a lead role in forming an Advisory Board comprised of community and industry stakeholders, to establish a definitive mission and vision for the sustainability hub. Once operational, Darlington Green will bring together and leverage the power of textiles and packaging manufacturers, state and local governments, academic research institutions, technologists, entrepreneurs, and other interested parties to reinvigorate and advance sustainability efforts.
“Darlington Green is in active discussions with partners to co-locate manufacturing and pilot new products and emerging recycling technologies, harness our collective expertise and revitalize the U.S. polyester and plastic industry,” said George Bandy, Jr., Chief Sustainability Officer of Darling Fibers.
Rebranding to Darling Fibers
According to Bockoven, since restarting the former Wellman business in 2020, the company has retooled long-dormant manufacturing lines, reestablished industry relationships, and refined its strategy for high-quality low-carbon product development.
Today, Darling Fibers’ one-million-square-foot, state-of-the-art polyester manufacturing facility can process a range of raw materials through finished goods. While currently serving customers with existing inventory, Darling Fibers has been actively engaging new customers to further scale its production of polyester fiber and chip.
“More than 380 million tons of plastic waste was generated in the world last year and only 10 percent of that plastic was recycled, with the rest incinerated, landfilled or dumped in our oceans,” Mr. Bandy added. “We see Darling Fibers and Darlington Green as being at the forefront of finding solutions and capitalizing on opportunities presented by these profound challenges.”
About Darling Fibers
Darling Fibers (formerly Fiber Industries) is the largest domestic producer of high-quality polyester staple fiber for the fabric, garment, and fashion industry, with one million square feet of manufacturing capability across 12 lines on its 765-acre campus in Darlington. The company returned manufacturing to the U.S. through a restarting in 2020 and aims to be a pioneering force in the textiles and plastics industry through its commitment to sustainability, innovation, and community. Learn more: darlingfibers.com.