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 Gaffney, 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 Gaffney, 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 Gaffney 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 Gaffney'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 Gaffney.
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 Gaffney, 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 Gaffney, 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 Gaffney, 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 Gaffney, 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
They call Rock Hill, S.C., “Football Town, U.S.A.” for good reason. When you look back through the last 20 years of NFL Draft data for the University of South Carolina, more in-state Gamecocks that are from the city have been drafted than from anywhere else.Of the 36 in-state Gamecocks who have been selected, five are from Rock Hill. That also includes three of South Carolina’s five first rounders during that time period that have hailed from the state and the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, defensive end ...
They call Rock Hill, S.C., “Football Town, U.S.A.” for good reason. When you look back through the last 20 years of NFL Draft data for the University of South Carolina, more in-state Gamecocks that are from the city have been drafted than from anywhere else.
Of the 36 in-state Gamecocks who have been selected, five are from Rock Hill. That also includes three of South Carolina’s five first rounders during that time period that have hailed from the state and the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, defensive end Jadeveon Clowney.
Here's a look at some interesting data as it relates to what parts of the state of South Carolina lead the way in sending top talent to the Gamecocks and ultimately the NFL.
Here’s how it breaks down by county. York County, where Rock Hill is located, is tied at the top.
Troy Williamson (Silver Bluff)
A.J. Cann (Bamberg-Erhardt)
Devin Taylor (Beaufort)
Alshon Jeffery (Calhoun County)
Langston Moore (James Island)
Sidney Rice (Gaffney)
Sheldon Brown (Lewisville)
D.J. Swearinger (Greenwood)
Shi Smith (Union County)
Of the five South Carolina products that have played for the Gamecocks and been drafted in the first round during this time period, three are from Rock Hill and one each from Aiken and Goose Creek.
Joseph- NorthwesternClowney/Gilmore- South PointeWilliamson- Silver BluffKinlaw- Goose Creek
The Gamecocks have had more in-state prospects at wide receiver drafted than at any other position during this time period. Seven receivers have been picked. If you look closely nearly all of them are in the process of or were extremely productive in the NFL, too. There was one first round pick, Williamson, in the group (he’s one that was not). Rice, Jeffery and Samuel were all early second round picks.
Here’s how the numbers break down by position.
Wide receiver- 7Offensive Line- 6Cornerback- 5Defensive End- 5Linebacker- 4Defensive Tackle- 3Safety- 3Tight End- 2Running Back- 1
Of the 36 listed, 17 rated four stars out of high school, 13 were rated three stars, there were three two stars, two five stars and one that was not rated as a football prospect.
Now, a lot of this depends on what you consider what region in the state of South Carolina (it's understood that that is up for debate). Using a map that had four larger regions that included the Rock Hill area with the Midlands and a large portion of the state simply as the Lowcountry (Charleston all the way down to Beaufort/Hilton Head), this is how it broke down. ??Again, the geography here could be broken down even further.
Midlands (including Rock Hill)- 13Pee Dee- 8Upstate - 8Lowcountry- 7
Outside of the Rock Hill area, the talent in the Palmetto State is basically spread evenly throughout. Given that it is a smaller state, it's good that there aren't very many "talent desert regions".
There are a few that overlap that were recruited by one coaching staff, but played for another in the year they were drafted. Here’s the recruited by breakdown.
This is how it breaks down when you categorize which staff coached them the year they were drafted.
Spurrier- 20Holtz- 9Muschamp- 7
Round 1: 5Round 2: 5Round 3: 4Round 4: 5Round 5: 2Round 6: 9Round 7: 6
There is no question that recruiting the state of South Carolina well is paramount for the Gamecocks. In fact, of the 15 first-round draft picks the program has produced in its history, nine are from the state (four from the Rock Hill area). With an diverse geographic balance to the pool of players in the Palmetto State outside of the hotbed in York County, it’s important for any staff to not go over the in-state players everywhere with a fine toothed comb. Current Gamecocks head coach Shane Beamer and his staff have done an excellent job with that in the short time they have been at Carolina.
These numbers also will rise as the state of South Carolina continues to grow population-wise. It only strands to reason that the more people within a state that cares about football, the more players that state will produce. There isn’t enough to stock an entire SEC football program with quality depth mostly from the in-state talent base right now and may not ever be, but the state is growing.
Also, you see by looking at the names through the years how important getting the best from the state is to this program. You are never getting them all, but when the Gamecocks have cycled up, they have gotten their share of the cream of the crop.
$100 million investment will create approximately 160 new jobs COLUMBIA, S.C. – ...
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Nestlé USA, a leading food and beverage company, today unveiled plans to expand operations in Cherokee County. The $100 million investment will create approximately 160 new jobs.
A division of Nestlé S.A., headquartered in Vevey, Switzerland, Nestlé USA’s portfolio includes brands such as STOUFFER’S, COFFEE MATE, DIGIORNO and NESTLÉ TOLL HOUSE.
Opened in 1980 and located at 2132 Old Georgia Highway in Gaffney, the Nestlé USA factory produces premium-quality frozen food entrees for Stouffer’s and LEAN CUISINE and will expand that ability with the addition of a new production line and the expansion of the existing production line.
Individuals interested in joining the Nestlé USA team should visit the company’s careers webpage.
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits related to the project.
“The frozen food category has been growing for the last few years, and the pandemic has only increased that trend. As people spent more time at home, they rediscovered the convenience, value and great taste of frozen foods. Our investment in the Gaffney factory will ensure that we can continue to meet consumer demand for two of our most popular and well-known brands – Stouffer's and Lean Cuisine.” -Nestlé USA Gaffney Factory Manager Nicole Caldwell
“Nestlé USA’s decision to continue investing in South Carolina shows that companies find the recipe they need to be successful here. Every one of these jobs will have an impact on Cherokee County, and we thank this great company for their commitment to our state.” -Gov. Henry McMaster
“Taking care of existing industry is a critical part of South Carolina’s economic development mission. When companies like Nestlé USA decide to expand, investing $100 million dollars, it shows we are doing a lot of things right. We congratulate Nestlé USA on this investment and 160 new jobs and look forward to watching the company grow for years to come.” -Secretary of Commerce Harry M. Lightsey III
“Agribusiness is South Carolina’s largest industry, and companies like Nestlé USA are helping it grow to even greater heights. We welcome this expansion and the jobs and supply chain opportunities it will create.” -Commissioner of Agriculture Hugh Weathers
“Nestlé USA is making a $100 million investment in their Gaffney facility, further demonstrating their commitment to Cherokee County. Their expansion is exciting for us and encouraging for the future of food processing in our region." -Cherokee County Council Chairman Tim Spencer
GAFFNEY, S.C. (WSPA) – With social media continuing to evolve, so does the creation of new unique user content.A new trend popping up across the Upstate offers ways for people to take their photos and videos to the next level.From ball pits to themed walls, selfie museums are sites for some of the latest social media trends. It’s a playground for people of all ages, whether you are in front or behind the camera.“Me and my friends like to go so we can post on our social medias and that kind of stuff,&rdq...
GAFFNEY, S.C. (WSPA) – With social media continuing to evolve, so does the creation of new unique user content.
A new trend popping up across the Upstate offers ways for people to take their photos and videos to the next level.
From ball pits to themed walls, selfie museums are sites for some of the latest social media trends. It’s a playground for people of all ages, whether you are in front or behind the camera.
“Me and my friends like to go so we can post on our social medias and that kind of stuff,” said Abbigayle Haught, co-owner of Hub City Smiles selfie studio.
Selfie museums are places people are visiting to snap photos and create new videos in specialized settings.
“People put them on their Instagrams, their Facebooks. And them can come in, they pay an admission and they have as much time as they want to take as many pictures as they want with all of the different backdrops,” said Haught.
The city of Gaffney will soon be joining the nationwide trend too with the creation of the Setting Standards Selfie Museum.
“I had seen several friends that had been to Las Vegas and New York, and Orlando, Miami and different places that looked like that and they had an absolute ball. I just wanted to do that and bring that here to Gaffney,” said Alicia McDaniel, owner of Setting Standards Selfie Museum.
McDaniel has been working since July to flip an old building in the town that was constructed during the 1940s. It will soon be home to a selfie museum, but with a twist.
The space will feature two levels of creativity. The first floor is where multiple walls will soon color the space, and the second floor will be available for people to rent for special events.
“We have a little something extra than most selfie museums have,” said McDaniel.
She says the creation of the new museum is in an effort to keep the area growing and allow locals to have their own selfie-center.
The lower level of Setting Standards Selfie Museum in Gaffney will open on Thanksgiving night from 8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. The entire museum is expected to be complete by mid-December, with additional holiday-themed winter wonderlands. McDaniel says individual admission will be $25.
Hub City Smiles in Spartanburg is open Friday-Monday. It costs $20 per person for entry.
B-Gen founders say their federal funding runs out May 31st, while many small business owners are encouraging the community to invest in the Gaffney incubator.GAFFNEY, S.C. (FOX Carolina) - Brittany Bivins is the co-owner of what is soon to be the first of its kind in downtown Gaffney: Peach City Brewery.“We picked Gaffney because there’s not another brewery within 20 square miles of here,” she told FOX Carolina.“We kind of wanted to do the small-town local hangout kind of thing, but also throw som...
B-Gen founders say their federal funding runs out May 31st, while many small business owners are encouraging the community to invest in the Gaffney incubator.
GAFFNEY, S.C. (FOX Carolina) - Brittany Bivins is the co-owner of what is soon to be the first of its kind in downtown Gaffney: Peach City Brewery.
“We picked Gaffney because there’s not another brewery within 20 square miles of here,” she told FOX Carolina.
“We kind of wanted to do the small-town local hangout kind of thing, but also throw some pizza, good music, and fun times in as well,” she added.
She says moving down from Charlotte, she didn’t realize that renovating her own space would take so much hard work, but says thankfully, her sanity was saved by the building right across the street.
“They opened their arms wide to us, and were like ‘if you need office space, if you want to come over and do your stuff here that’s fine,’” Bivins said, talking of course about the Gaffney Business Generator, or B-Gen.
“The ultimate goal is to have businesses launch from here and into spaces either downtown or within Cherokee County,” explained B-Gen co-founder Brian Ziegelheafer, who has been with the generator since it opened 5 years ago.
“By removing those overhead costs, we were able to help more businesses be successful,” he added.
Ziegelheafer says back when they came up with the concept for an incubator, there was skepticism that it could work in a small town like Gaffney, but 5 years and several success stories later, he says they’re proving it works.
However--their federal funding runs out in late May.
“As of June 1st, we will be funded through the generous donations and partnerships of No2 in Cherokee County,” he said.
No2 is an educational nonprofit in Cherokee County. Ziegelheafer says they’re happy to be taken under that wing, but are still looking for more to recoup what they’ll be losing.
B-Gen currently houses 10 small businesses, has recently doubled in size, and is offering classes to business owners who are starting out to help them navigate the terrain and succeed.
“We help walk them through that process, as well as lining them up with key people in the community that can help them,” Ziegelheafer said.
Business owners like Bivins says the importance of something like B-Gen can’t be overstated. She says she’s happy to be a part of it, and hopes that people in the community appreciate and contribute to its mission in the near future.
“It’s an opportunity like...I grew up outside Charlotte and there’s nothing that compares,” she said. “We plan to give back to them thoroughly as soon as we have beer flowing!”
“Our downtowns have always thrived on what I would consider smaller, mom and pop style businesses,” Ziegelheafer concluded. “Without them, we’d be dominated by corporate, big, department store-style places.”
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GAFFNEY, S.C. (WSPA) – There’s a new solution to fight al...
Four floating wetlands were installed in algae hotspots last week.
“We want to come here, and you know, maintain a healthy reservoir,” said Gaffney Water Plant Superintendent Bryant Fleming.
Lake Whelchel is Cherokee County’s main water source, but over the years, there have been some problems with algae blooms. Fleming said the blooms can be harmful to people and animals.
“Tthe last few years, we’ve noticed a slight increase in our algae counts and we noticed we were having taste and odor issues,” said Fleming.
Fleming said, at times, it even caused them to shut down the lake. He said algae is caused by nutrients coming into the water.
“The agricultural runoff and residential runoff of fertilizer was our problem, so what we did is we’ve put the floating wetlands in and we’re doing that to have it consume the nutrients,” said Fleming.
He believes floating wetlands could be the solution. Fleming said it’s a natural option, rather than using an algaecide.
“The more we looked at it, we’re like, we wanted to think about not just now, but in the future, so we wanted to find an eco-friendly way,” said Fleming.
Fleming also said they’ve partnered with Clemson for the project and hope to determine which plants perform best.
“At the end of the summer, we’ll analyze each floating wetlands, the different plant life, and see which consumed more and then we’ll expand that in the future,” said Fleming.
As the plants grow, they’ll be monitored, but Fleming said he’s hopeful it will work and keep algae at bay this summer.
“I really am excited to see what kind of numbers we get with the different plant life and how far we can expand it,” said Fleming.
Fleming said the plants on the wetlands will eventually be planted along creek beds to continue to take in nutrients. Based on their findings, new plants will be added to the wetlands next season. He also said they’re trying several approaches to algae control, including a pilot study using a new product that is also being used in Tampa Bay, Florida.