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
UPDATE: Eric Shawn Fetzer, 25, of Chesnee, S.C., has been charged with “destruction, desecration or removal of human remains regarding the body being placed in a barrel and dumped into Lake...
UPDATE: Eric Shawn Fetzer, 25, of Chesnee, S.C., has been charged with “destruction, desecration or removal of human remains regarding the body being placed in a barrel and dumped into Lake Thicketty,” the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office said in a June 30 update. “Investigators expect to make additional arrests regarding this incident in Cherokee County in coming days,” officials said.
The original story is below.
A decomposing human body was found stuffed in a barrel at Lake Thicketty in Upstate South Carolina, according to Cherokee County Coroner Dennis Fowler.
The body was found shortly before noon Thursday, June 29, in the Macedonia Community near Gaffney, officials said in a news release. Gaffney is about 55 miles southwest of Charlotte, North Carolina.
“Deputies found the barrel near the shore and upon opening it found human remains. It appears the body had been in the container for a number of days,” Fowler said.
“Since the discovery, investigators were able to confirm late Thursday that the death occurred in Spartanburg County. ... I transferred the remains to Spartanburg County Coroner Rusty Clevenger who will assume the death investigation as is protocol.”
An autopsy is planned to help with identification of the body and to find a cause of death, officials said.
Details of how the barrel was discovered and who reported it to authorities were not released.
The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office reports it was located near the boat ramp off Trout View Road, a two-lane road that reaches a dead end at the lake.
An interview with “a person of interest” led county investigators to conclude the death happened in Spartanburg County, the sheriff’s office said.
As a result, the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office has assumed control of the death investigation, while Cherokee County detectives intend to pursue “charges for the disposal of the body in Cherokee County,” officials said.
Lake Thicketty is a 100-acre public fishing lake that is open 24 hours a day, according to the S.C. Department of Natural Resources. It is largely surrounded by forest land, maps show.
This story was originally published June 29, 2023, 6:30 PM.
Gaffney Bakery LLC and Highland Baking Company in Spartanburg are planning to invest a total of $132.4 million and create 355 new jobs.On Wednesday, Gaffney Bakery LLC announced plans to establish operations at the former Ace Bakery building on a 14.6-acre site at 131 Corporate Drive in Gaffney.The company's $96 million investment will create more than 260 new jobs, according to a statement from the office of Gov. Henry McMaster.The company plans to make renovations to the 144,800-square-foot facility to a...
Gaffney Bakery LLC and Highland Baking Company in Spartanburg are planning to invest a total of $132.4 million and create 355 new jobs.
On Wednesday, Gaffney Bakery LLC announced plans to establish operations at the former Ace Bakery building on a 14.6-acre site at 131 Corporate Drive in Gaffney.
The company's $96 million investment will create more than 260 new jobs, according to a statement from the office of Gov. Henry McMaster.
The company plans to make renovations to the 144,800-square-foot facility to assist in the manufacturing of frozen bakery products and be online by mid-2024.
The state Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved job development credits for the project. The council also awarded a $2.5 million Rural Infrastructure Fund grant to Cherokee County to help with the costs of building improvements.
Those interested in employment should visit readySC in late 2023 and early 2024 for job postings.
"The Upstate of South Carolina continues to be a great location for food manufacturers to locate based on our skilled workforce, logistical advantages and our location at the center of the growing Southeastern consumer market," John Lummus, president and CEO of Upstate SC Alliance, said in a statement.
Another baking company near Hearon Circle in Spartanburg recently announced expansion plans.
Highland Baking Company at 7001 Asheville Highway announced plans to invest $36.4 million and add 95 new jobs with an expansion expected to be completed by this fall, according to a statement from the company.
In 2012, Highland Baking purchased the former Mrs. Smith’s bakery at Hearon Circle for $4 million. In 2019, the company made cold storage and freezer upgrades that will allow the company room for future growth.
Privately owned and operated by the Rosen family, Highland Baking was established in 1984 and is located in Northbrook, Ill. Highland Baking currently has 183 employees.
Highland bakes and freezes the food while it is still fresh. The bakery then ships bread products such as hamburger buns, pan bread, sub rolls, dinner rolls and table breads to restaurant chains nationwide.
The company will upgrade its existing building and infrastructure to support a new full production line, and allow room for a future product line to meet increases in supply demands.
Those interested in joining the Highland Baking Company team should visit the company’s website.
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development awarded a $100,000 set-aside grant to Spartanburg County to assist with the costs of site preparation and building improvements for Highland Baking.
In addition, the project received $32.5 million in New Market Tax Credits, with Highland Baking providing about $4 million in funding, according to a statement from SDS Capital Group of Los Angeles.
"The $32.5 million tax credit investment will enable Highland Baking Company to expand our production facility and bring high-quality jobs to South Carolina," Stuart Rosen, CEO of Highland Baking, said in a statement. "(Tax credits) were key to helping us close the financing gap to help make the expansion of our operation a reality."
GAFFNEY, S.C. —More than 250 jobs are coming to the Upstate thanks to a new bakery, officials said Wednesday.State officials announced that Gaffney Bakery, LLC and its partners plan to establish operations in Cherokee County.The company’s $96 million investment will create more than 260 new jobs, officials said.“Gaffney Bakery, LLC recognizes that South Carolina is the key ingredient for success," Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee Harvey S. Peeler Jr. said. "Our ...
GAFFNEY, S.C. —
More than 250 jobs are coming to the Upstate thanks to a new bakery, officials said Wednesday.
State officials announced that Gaffney Bakery, LLC and its partners plan to establish operations in Cherokee County.
The company’s $96 million investment will create more than 260 new jobs, officials said.
“Gaffney Bakery, LLC recognizes that South Carolina is the key ingredient for success," Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee Harvey S. Peeler Jr. said. "Our greatest asset – our people – is what makes that ingredient so strong."
Gaffney Bakery, LLC plans to purchase an existing state-of-the-art bakery facility located at 131 Corporate Drive in Gaffney that once housed ACE Bakery operations until it closed late last year.
The company will make significant renovations and improvements to assist in manufacturing frozen bakery products, officials said.
Operations are expected to be online by mid-2024.
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Anyone interested in applying for a job at the new bakery should visit readySC in late 2023 and early 2024 for job postings, officials said.
Company officials look forward to opening this facility and partnering with South Carolina and Cherokee County.
"This is a testament to the strength of our workforce, our business-friendly environment and our strategic location," Cherokee County Council Chairman Tim Spencer said. "We look forward to supporting their growth and success in our community."
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved job development credits related to this project. The council also awarded a $2.5 million Rural Infrastructure Fund grant to Cherokee County to assist with the costs of building improvements.
The largest ever capital investment in upstate South Carolina's Cherokee County will begin late this spring when Chicago-based Glenstar Properties will start building the $415 million Cherokee Commerce Center 85 (CCC 85) in the town of Gaffney.From start to finish, the warehouse's construction is slated to wrap up in about one year, noted the American Journal of Transportation (AJOT), a national publication.The 550,520-sq.-ft. spec-to-suit warehouse, known as Building 2, will be built so that it can be expanded to 1.3 million s...
The largest ever capital investment in upstate South Carolina's Cherokee County will begin late this spring when Chicago-based Glenstar Properties will start building the $415 million Cherokee Commerce Center 85 (CCC 85) in the town of Gaffney.
From start to finish, the warehouse's construction is slated to wrap up in about one year, noted the American Journal of Transportation (AJOT), a national publication.
The 550,520-sq.-ft. spec-to-suit warehouse, known as Building 2, will be built so that it can be expanded to 1.3 million sq. ft., if needed.
It is only one of five buildings planned by Glenstar and its partner, Creek Lane Capital, for the 290-acre warehouse park that will encompass 3.6 million-sq.-ft. at the intersection of S.C. Highway 105/Hyatt Street and the Interstate 85 corridor. It is an area of rapid growth between Greenville-Spartanburg, S.C., to the southwest, and Charlotte, N.C., to the northeast.
Glenstar, known for two decades as a national office and multifamily developer, is expanding its recent focus in industrial development with the Gaffney project. The news of CCC 85 follows the firm's 2022 debut in the southeast U.S. industrial sector with the groundbreaking of Tri-County 75, a new 72-acre, four-building industrial park in Fort Myers, Fla., totaling 818,000 sq. ft.
Last year, Glenstar also made the strategic hire of 30-year industrial veteran Brian Netzky as its principal. He joins company co-founder Michel Klein in leading the firm's new industrial initiatives, which are primarily focused on the Sunbelt region, and specifically the Southeast's booming I-85 corridor.
CCC 85 to Offer Massive Product Storage Space
All the warehouses at CCC 85 are being built on a speculative basis with pre-leasing now under way.
Building 2 will have a cross-dock orientation, 40-ft. clear heights, up to 232 dock doors, four drive-in doors, and parking for 452 trailers and 540 cars.
The next to break ground will be Building 4, which will include a rear-load orientation, 36-ft. clear heights, 56 dock doors, two drive-in doors, and parking for 132 trailers and 324 cars.
"Due to CCC 85's massive scope and ideal location, tenants can choose from a range of mid- to bulk-size, and best-in-class industrial space adjacent to the I-85 corridor, one of the most critical supply chain links in the Southeast," said Netzky. "The ample space also allows for flexibility to accommodate up to 1.7 million sq. ft. under one roof."
CCC 85 will be located 33 mi. from the BMW Group Plant in Spartanburg, 38 mi. from Inland Port Greer and 50 mi. southwest of Charlotte. From CCC 85, tenants can reach 100 million consumers within a one-day drive, noted AJOT. Tenants and owner/occupiers also will have access to Tier-3 incentives to further maximize their return on investment.
The Conlan Company, a Texas-based firm with an office in Marietta, Ga., will serve as the project's general contractor; South Carolina's SeamonWhiteside will provide civil engineering services.
In addition, Ware Malcomb, a nationally known architecture firm in Irvine, Calif., was selected to design CCC 85.
The industrial space will be leased by Charlotte-based Colliers, recognized as one of the nation's top commercial real estate companies.
"Despite headwinds and talk of cooling in some markets, we see only room to run for industrial, particularly in the Southeast, which has record-low occupancy combined with tremendous population growth that's creating even more demand," said Glenstar's Klein. "We anticipate significant pre-leasing on our ground-up, big box, institutional-quality industrial facilities, which enables us to modify the spec space to suit tenant needs in real-time."
GAFFNEY, S.C. —More than 200 Upstate workers were informed on Monday they will soon be out of a job.The Timken Company notified about 225 people who work at its bearings facility in Gaffney that the plant will be closing and gradually winding down operations by the end of the year, according to Scott Schroeder, the company's media relations director.The plant, which makes roller bearings, is located on Timken Road, off Morgan Drive, near Old Georgia Highway."It’s just a sad day in...
GAFFNEY, S.C. —
More than 200 Upstate workers were informed on Monday they will soon be out of a job.
The Timken Company notified about 225 people who work at its bearings facility in Gaffney that the plant will be closing and gradually winding down operations by the end of the year, according to Scott Schroeder, the company's media relations director.
The plant, which makes roller bearings, is located on Timken Road, off Morgan Drive, near Old Georgia Highway.
"It’s just a sad day in Gaffney and Cherokee County," Cherokee County Development Board's Executive Director Jim Cook said. "Timken has been here for 50 years. “They were the first major non-textile industry to come to our county and Gaffney, I think, in the late 70s, and they’ve just really put us on the map. They diversified our economy. They’ve changed so many lives in our county. It’s like losing just a good friend.”
Cook says the numbers had been dwindling, so the announcement wasn't a shock. However, he said the county as a whole had more major business and economic development announcements in the last year than it has had in the last 10 to 15 years.
“We had our best year ever with job announcements and capital investment," Cook said. "Numbers are still yet to be released, but we had a really good year. At the same time, there were several industries though that were struggling, and we’re just keeping our eye on it. We’re doing the best we can. We’re trying to help those people who are being displaced by Timken closing.”
Cook says they've welcomed several other major companies to the county over the years, like DHL, Dollar Tree and Milliken.
He says they're working to bring more companies into the county.
“Right now, we’re working several projects, so with the widening of 85 in Cherokee County and our growth in the Upstate, business all along the Upstate, we’re going to help the people at Timken, but we’re going to get somebody back in that building,” Cook said.
"While difficult, we’re making this change to streamline our operations and restructure our manufacturing footprint to better compete in a global market," Schroeder said.
He said the company is helping affected employees by offering support, benefits planning and retention and severance pay. He said they are also giving them the opportunity to apply for open positions at other Timken locations.
"We wanted to be transparent and provide as much time as possible so associates can plan for their future," Schroeder said. "We’re committed to providing at least 60 days' notice prior to an associate’s last day," he said.