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 Edgefield, 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 Edgefield, 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 Edgefield 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 Edgefield'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 Edgefield.
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 Edgefield, 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 Edgefield, 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 Edgefield, 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 Edgefield, 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
COLUMBIA — Columbia-area residents were awakened early June 26 by South Carolina’s strongest earthquake since 2014.A 3.4 magnitude quake, centered just outside Elgin in Kershaw County, rumbled through the Midlands at 1:30 a.m. for several seconds and was strong enough to rattle walls, floors and furniture inside homes. Three smaller aftershocks followed.Residents from as far away as Charlotte and Aiken reported feeling the quake, the U.S. Geological Service reported.The latest quake is one of many centered in...
COLUMBIA — Columbia-area residents were awakened early June 26 by South Carolina’s strongest earthquake since 2014.
A 3.4 magnitude quake, centered just outside Elgin in Kershaw County, rumbled through the Midlands at 1:30 a.m. for several seconds and was strong enough to rattle walls, floors and furniture inside homes. Three smaller aftershocks followed.
Residents from as far away as Charlotte and Aiken reported feeling the quake, the U.S. Geological Service reported.
The latest quake is one of many centered in recent months on Green Hill Road, a gravel roadway off Interstate 20 with a dozen homes near a sand mine and a drag racing strip.
The area around Elgin, which is about 20 miles northeast of Columbia, has been the epicenter of 36 quakes since Christmas, the S.C. Emergency Management Division said. The rest of the state has experienced six earthquakes since late last year.
The weekend quake was the strongest since a 4.1 magnitude quake shook the Sumter National Forest in Edgefield County in February 2014, according to S.C. Department of Natural Resources data.
The latest tremor came a week after a 3.9 magnitude quake centered 75 miles west of Savannah in Georgia was felt from Atlanta to parts of South Carolina, including Columbia.
All but eight of the earthquakes since Christmas in the Elgin area have been under 2.5 magnitude — the level where quakes are felt and can cause minor damage.
But the area was hit by a 3.25 magnitude quake on May 9, the third strongest in the recent cycles of Midlands tremors.
The quakes are occurring along an ancient fault system called the Eastern Piedmont Fault Zone, which extends from Georgia through the Carolinas and into Virginia, according to Scott White, director of the South Carolina Seismic Network at the University of South Carolina.
The longevity of the recent sequence of earthquakes in central South Carolina, now at seven months, is “considered unusual but within the range of expected behavior” from the past, White said in a May interview.
“It could stop at any time, but when it will stop is unknown,” White said.
South Carolina typically experiences between 10 to 30 earthquakes annually, according to the state’s Emergency Management Division. About one in five of those are felt, as the majority are below 3.0 on the magnitude scale, the agency reports.
The strongest quake to ever hit the state was on on Aug. 31, 1886. The 7.3 magnitude quake centered around Charleston-Summerville and was felt from Cuba to New York and west to the Mississippi River. It was the strongest quake ever recorded in the Eastern U.S.
A Midlands town Sunday was hit by the strongest earthquake it has felt in an active seven months for seismic events.A 3.4 magnitude earthquake occurred at about 1:30 a.m. in Elgin, a town about 20 miles northeast of Columbia, according to the United States Geological Survey.While relatively weak, the 3.4 magnitude quake is the most powerful in a series of earthquakes to shake up Elgin and neighboring town Lugoff since December.Since late December, national geologists have reported 32 earthquakes and aftershocks in those ...
A Midlands town Sunday was hit by the strongest earthquake it has felt in an active seven months for seismic events.
A 3.4 magnitude earthquake occurred at about 1:30 a.m. in Elgin, a town about 20 miles northeast of Columbia, according to the United States Geological Survey.
While relatively weak, the 3.4 magnitude quake is the most powerful in a series of earthquakes to shake up Elgin and neighboring town Lugoff since December.
Since late December, national geologists have reported 32 earthquakes and aftershocks in those South Carolina towns.
The previous quake to hit near the towns, at 1.9 magnitude, occurred on May 21, most likely an aftershock of a 3.3 magnitude quake a couple weeks before. The first in the string of earthquakes happened on Dec. 27 and also reached 3.3 magnitude.
Most earthquakes don’t cause noticeable damage until they reach a magnitude of 5. Below that people may feel shaking or hear loud booms or other similar noises.
The Sunday morning earthquake wasn’t the only potent one recently.
The most powerful to hit Georgia or South Carolina in eight years struck last week.
The earthquake, reaching 3.9 magnitude, hit about 4 a.m. on June 18 and was centered near Stillmore, Georgia, according to geologists. That’s about an hour west of Jasper County’s border with Georgia.
People as far away as Clover in York County reported feeling the earthquake to the USGS. Dozens of people in the Columbia area said they felt a tremor. The majority of residents who felt the quake in South Carolina live in Aiken and Edgefield counties.
The earthquake was the most powerful in the two states since a 4.1 magnitude earthquake happened in McCormick County in 2014.
The increase in earthquakes in the Midlands has perplexed but not worried geologists. One earthquake tends to have aftershocks, though they don’t typically continue for as long as they have in the Midlands, geologists said.
Earthquakes are fairly common in South Carolina, according to the state Emergency Management Division, with 10 to 15 occurring each year. An earthquake that hit Charleston in 1886 was the most damaging to ever hit the eastern United States, and was the most destructive in the entire U.S. in the 19th century.
This story was originally published June 26, 2022 8:35 AM.
Lexington 3 and ECSD tie at 90.3%Johnston, SC – Since launching in October 2019, the Edgefield County School District (ECSD) Teacher Forum has provided new communication opportunities for school and district employees, increased teacher engagement and led to educator-initiated policy changes. Its work correlates with the highest teacher retention rates in the past decade.An initiative of the state’s Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention, & Advancement, teacher forums allow ...
Lexington 3 and ECSD tie at 90.3%
Johnston, SC – Since launching in October 2019, the Edgefield County School District (ECSD) Teacher Forum has provided new communication opportunities for school and district employees, increased teacher engagement and led to educator-initiated policy changes. Its work correlates with the highest teacher retention rates in the past decade.
An initiative of the state’s Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention, & Advancement, teacher forums allow school-level Teachers of the Year to meet regularly and collaboratively develop skills, exercise leadership and explore education policy issues.
“The mission of the ECSD Teacher Forum is to unify our district-wide learning community,” shared Merriwether Elementary teacher Becca Hamilton. ”We formulate plans based on teacher feedback and surveys, allowing every teacher to have a voice. We take opinions in our buildings and bring them to the Forum to reach consensus and agreement.”
“We are able to give our feedback in positive, constructive ways and help effect change throughout our district,” added Merriwether Middle teacher Amber Dobbs.
The Forum has proposed recommendations on varied topics including grading practices, a modified district calendar, student achievement data, professional development and student technological tools. Members actively contributed to the Cognia System accreditation process. They participate in feedback sessions to inform the development of annual district-wide goals.
Dobbs shared that participating in the Forum has given her insight into what occurs at the district level.
Johnston-Edgefield-Trenton Middle teacher Michelle Daniels agrees. She said that learning about the accreditation process and how the budget works was especially helpful this school year.
The Forum is one of several district initiatives implemented since March 2019 to increase leadership opportunities for teachers. These efforts are leading to record outcomes. In the April 2022 Cognia final report, ECSD achieved the highest overall performance category, excelling in all three capacity domains—leadership, learning and resource. The report, informed by interviews with 160 individual stakeholders, asserts that, “[ECSD] demonstrates effective governance and leadership through effective oversight of system policy implementation, ethical operational and instructional practices, and attention to board and leader development and training.”
The South Carolina Department of Education annual 2021 district report cards indicate that ECSD had the highest teacher retention rate in the last decade and is a leading example in the region. Local districts had the following three-year average retention rates in 2021: Aiken 88.0%, Saluda 85.1%, McCormick 80.1%, and Lexington 3 tying Edgefield at 90.3%. ECSD started the 2021-22 school year with 100% of teacher positions filled, a rare accomplishment among South Carolina districts.
When asked about the Forum’s contributions, district leaders expressed gratitude for everything Forum members do to enact change. They shared that ECSD is currently working to expand the Forum, allowing for additional school representatives.
Strom Thurmond High teacher Amy Hardy shared that her Forum participation has inspired her to do more for her school and district.
“Teacher Forum members and district leaders have the same common goals,” she stated. “We want our students to have the best education. We want to recruit and retain talented teachers. Together, we can do that!”
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The Teacher Forum at work.
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All writers in Op Ed are here to inform and acknowledge issues of importance to our communities, however these writings represent the views and opinions of the authors and not necessarily of The Advertiser.
South Carolina is one of the states whose voting procedures include Open Primaries. We do not have voter registration by political party here in South Carolina; you can vote in either primary (but not in both) every time, regardless of how you voted in the past and regardless of how you think you may be voting in November.
Are Open Primaries a good idea? They were instituted in the not-so-good past when one party – then, the Democratic Party – made accessing their primaries more difficult for Black voters than for whites. Open Primaries fixed that. But are they still a good idea now, in the twenty-first century? The answer is a matter of opinion; in my opinion, the answer is “yes.” Here is why.
Let’s say your own political leanings are more toward the center rather than what you might consider either the hard right or the hard left. For one office you are particularly interested in, you are pretty sure you know whom you will be favoring in November, but you don’t know that your candidate will win or lose when November rolls around. In the other party, you see one or more candidates that you think would be a total disaster, and one that would be less so – not as good as your favorite candidate, but not as extreme (in your view) as the others. An Open Primary gives you an opportunity to express that. You can decide to vote in the “other party” primary (while reserving your options for the November election), choosing the person who may be your second choice but certainly better than those others running. You can have a say in both parties: the candidate that you are thinking about voting for in November, and the not-so-bad opposition candidate as well.
What would be the result if everybody did that? In my view, the result would be more middle-of-the-road candidates from both parties in November, those with appeal not only to their own party faithful but also some appeal to the other party’s voters, too. That would help to weed out the more extreme candidates who may attract voters from their own party, perhaps voting while holding their noses, but virtually no support from the rest of the electorate.
So, I recommend you consider candidates from both parties, and then decide whether you would rather vote “for” somebody in your traditional party, or “against” somebody who would be a disaster, from the other party. Is somebody from the other party advocating policies you really detest? For me, I am looking to see whether any candidates vocally support “the big lie” that Trump won in 2020, and also have vocally opposed women’s rights, and also have come out in favor of banning books from public libraries, and also have opposed immigration for refugees from the religious and political wars of the old world. I can think of one candidate who has done all those things – so I know which primary I will be voting in, and whom I will be voting against.
Here’s the bottom line. Vote at every opportunity you have. The next opportunity is the primary election on Tuesday, June 14. Early voting is already in progress. Find out as much about the candidates as you can, and make your vote count!
JOHNSTON — When Clyde Welch thinks about his Edgefield County School District graduation this spring, he feels a mixture of excitement for the future, a sense of accomplishment and amazement of a dream being accomplished.While these feelings are not uncommon for new graduates, it is uncommon for them to have already owned a business for 20 years and have five children.“When I enrolled in the GED program at Edgefield-McCormick County Adult Education and Family Literacy, I had not been in school for 29 years,” W...
JOHNSTON — When Clyde Welch thinks about his Edgefield County School District graduation this spring, he feels a mixture of excitement for the future, a sense of accomplishment and amazement of a dream being accomplished.
While these feelings are not uncommon for new graduates, it is uncommon for them to have already owned a business for 20 years and have five children.
“When I enrolled in the GED program at Edgefield-McCormick County Adult Education and Family Literacy, I had not been in school for 29 years,” Welch said. “When I was 15, things were difficult at home. No one in my family had graduated from high school. My living conditions were bad, so I got a full-time job. On my second day of the 10th grade, I withdrew and eventually left the area, never returning back to high school.”
Over the past three decades, Welch, who is now 43, worked hard. Despite experiencing challenges along the way, he has found success in life. He got married, started a family and started his business, Augusta Appliance Repairs and Service, which he has owned for almost 20 years.
“I have a good life, but want to do more and continue my education,” he said. “I feel drawn to complete a certificate course in theology and eventually obtain an engineering degree. To make this happen, I knew I had to first get my GED. I made a call to the adult education center and got started.”
Vickie Butler, director of Edgefield-McCormick County Adult Education and Family Literacy, said the center doesn’t hear from many individuals interested in pursuing a GED who are in Welch’s age group.
“Mr. Welch has shown that it is never too late to complete your educational goals,” Butler said. “Our staff is ready to help community members of any age, background and education level get started on accomplishing their dreams.”
Welch said the staff at the center made it easy to get started.
“I called the center on Feb. 28, 2022, and Mrs. Jones was so kind and encouraging,” he said. “She and I met in person the next morning so that I could set my goals, take the TABE assessment and complete the paperwork. I brought home study materials and started studying that very day.”
He shared that his faith has played a vital role before and during the process, and that working toward his GED became a family project.
“God told me to get my GED. Preparing for the tests was tough at times, but I knew it was important and that I would work hard until I could make it happen.”
He received support from everyone in the family, including his wife, two adult children and three teens. His 16-year-old even tutored him in science.
“I was initially especially concerned about the math section. I had never seen quadratic equations before and knew I had to master them in order to pass the math section,” he said. “My sister-in-law drove down from out of town to tutor me.”
”Our family is all the better for this experience, and we are so proud of him,” his wife, Wendy, said. “It took courage and humility for Clyde to return to school, and I had no doubt he would succeed!”
Welch shared that he has no regrets about putting in the work to achieve this dream. He encourages other adults who did not graduate from high school to consider making the call to the adult education center.
“We all have stress, embarrassment, a lack of time, and challenges in our lives. But we also have dreams, and the staff at the center can help you figure out a plan so that you can achieve yours,” he siad. “I am just a country boy. If I can get my GED at this age, anyone can.”
Welch encourages anyone interested in their GED to take the first step of calling the center at 803-275-4158. He emphasized that the center has varied supports available to meet the educational needs of each individual.
“It’s never too late to start a new chapter,” Welch said. “When you decide to do it, apply yourself and do it – no matter what, step by step. Make it a priority. If you can devote an hour each evening to study and make progress on your next education goal, you can make it happen.”
Butler said Welch was a pleasure to have as a student.
“His heart and mind were receptive to the requirements of the program. He took on each assignment with a ‘can do’ attitude, allowing him to excel,” Butler stated. “His energy and dedication have allowed him to be a beacon of light for older students deciding to return to school.”
“Lifelong learning is a process that should never be suspended,” she added. “Regardless of your age or circumstance, Edgefield-McCormick County Adult Education and Family Literacy is here to help you meet your educational and workforce-ready goals. Our programs offer flexibility and various opportunities–including online learning, flexible class and meeting schedules, and staff trained to assist adult learners in overcoming barriers to success–to meet the needs of each individual student.”
The Edgefield-McCormick County Adult Education and Family Literacy graduation ceremony occurred Friday, May 27.
When asked where he sees himself in ten years, Welch laughed and stated, “I want peace, love and good food in my life. I am now ready to earn bachelor’s degrees in theology and engineering and start a new path with new career opportunities.”
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