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
By GARY B. GRAVES AP Sports WriterLEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky coach Mark Stoops is sticking with the game plan and the quarterback who runs it.Will Levis and the No. 13 Wildcats just need to ensure golden opportunities don’t slip from their grasp like last week.Most important for Kentucky (4-1, 1-1 SEC) against South Carolina (3-2, 0-2) on Saturday night is forgetting numerous missed chances in a 22-19 loss at No. 9 Mississippi. Failing on two conversions and a field goal were tough enough to digest from t...
By GARY B. GRAVES AP Sports Writer
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky coach Mark Stoops is sticking with the game plan and the quarterback who runs it.
Will Levis and the No. 13 Wildcats just need to ensure golden opportunities don’t slip from their grasp like last week.
Most important for Kentucky (4-1, 1-1 SEC) against South Carolina (3-2, 0-2) on Saturday night is forgetting numerous missed chances in a 22-19 loss at No. 9 Mississippi. Failing on two conversions and a field goal were tough enough to digest from the close defeat; Levis’ two late fumbles inside the 20 merely added more what-ifs.
With the Gamecocks hungry for their first SEC win, the Wildcats have no room for self-pity or errors.
“Win or lose, we have to put it behind us, and I felt like the team did a good job,” Stoops said. “We’re physically in a spot where we’re banged up more than we are mentally. It is what it is. It’s a tough grind. Whether you win or lose, you have to be prepared and get ready for the next opponent. I felt like our team handled it good on Monday and Tuesday and we’ll get back at it.”
Kentucky can take heart in having that many opportunities to win an SEC road game. Getting rusher Chris Rodriguez Jr. back from a four-game suspension was another upside, as he rushed 19 times for 72 yards and a touchdown. Levis was sacked three times but still completed 18 of 24 passes for 220 yards with two TDs and positioned his team for a win late before the turnovers — none of which diminished his standing with Stoops.
“I wouldn’t trade him for anybody,” the coach added.
Kentucky seeks its third consecutive series win against the rested Gamecocks, whose 50-10 rout of FCS teamSouth Carolina State on Sept. 29 was moved up two days to avoid Hurricane Ian.
South Carolina has won two straight but will face its third ranked SEC foe this season. The Gamecocks hope for a better outcome this time after losing 44-30 to then-No. 16 Arkansas and getting thumped 48-7 by Georgia, No. 1 at the time.
Consecutive wins scoring at least 50 points at least provides confidence in their first road game.
“We’ve got to go in there knowing everybody’s against you,” quarterback Spencer Rattler said. “Go out there and just play at a high level, your best level in all three phases. Our best players just got to play great.”
The senior runner reminded Kentucky how much more dynamic the offense is with him carrying the ball. He has rushed 46 times for 348 yards and four TDs in three previous games against South Carolina. Stoops wouldn’t say how much Rodriguez would work but was encouraged by his durability in the return.
South Carolina coach Shane Beamer doesn’t have to think too hard about where he was when the Gamecocks last played at Kentucky in 2020: awaiting a phone call from AD Ray Tanner about Beamer becoming the next football coach. Beamer was part of Lincoln Riley’s staff at Oklahoma in December 2020 when he was isolated at home with COVID-19. An anxious Beamer watched most of Kentucky’s 41-18 win at home with the phone in his hand awaiting the call, which finally came. Beamer was named coach the next day.
“I remember that night well for sure,” Beamer said with a grin. “That was a pretty cool phone call I got from coach Tanner and the rest is history.”
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The kicking-game issues that cost Kentucky five points at Ole Miss are a concern that Stoops vowed to correct. But the Wildcats’ return game has become a weapon thanks to freshman Barion Brown, who returned three kickoffs for 164 yards against the Rebels and accounted for 245 overall. He’s averaging nearly 48 yards on six returns, one of which was a 100-yard TD in the opener against Miami (Ohio). He shared this week’s SEC top freshman honors.
Beamer got in from work Monday night and watched a show near and dear to his heart: “ACC Legends: Frank Beamer.” The ACC Network aired the special to celebrate Beamer’s dad’s stellar career as Virginia Tech coach. The younger Beamer, in his second year at South Carolina, took part in the show and was happy to see his father honored.
“It made me really, really proud as a son,” he said.
One of Shane Beamer’s favorite parts? When it showed him as an eighth-grader carrying headphone cords on the sidelines.
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GAFFNEY, S.C. (WSPA) — Gaffney Fire Department leaders are asking people to board up and secure their vacant buildings.“We’re really just asking the property owners to help us out,” said Fire Marshal Billy Bishop.Bishop said crews have spent hundreds of hours fighting fires at abandoned properties and said these efforts could help prevent more fires. He said in the past four years, the department has responded to 27 fires at abandoned or vacant properties.“We knew those numbers were high, bu...
GAFFNEY, S.C. (WSPA) — Gaffney Fire Department leaders are asking people to board up and secure their vacant buildings.
“We’re really just asking the property owners to help us out,” said Fire Marshal Billy Bishop.
Bishop said crews have spent hundreds of hours fighting fires at abandoned properties and said these efforts could help prevent more fires. He said in the past four years, the department has responded to 27 fires at abandoned or vacant properties.
“We knew those numbers were high, but I don’t think we really understood how high those numbers were. 27 doesn’t sound like a lot, but when you start talking about house fires over a short period of time like that, that’s a very high number,” said Bishop.
Bishop said one of those fires happened at a home on Fifth Street last Friday.
“These houses that literally have no doors and no windows, and the houses are falling apart, and the grass is as tall as I am, those are the area that people are coming to. That’s basically a magnet for the stuff that we’re talking about,” said Bishop.
He said these types of fires can be dangerous for crews and people who could be inside the building.
“We do have to treat those houses like somebody’s in there and that’s the even more dangerous part. These houses that are abandoned and vacant, the structural stability of them is already probably weakening and then we’re putting guys in there on top of that and it’s just a recipe for disaster,” said Bishop.
Now, he’s asking property owners to board up and maintain their land.
“The property owners are our best help right now, in trying to upkeep these properties and keep them secure,” said Bishop.
He said there are laws that require owners to keep their properties in shape, but he said it’s a lengthy process and can be hard to enforce if officials can’t find the owner.
“The problem is, is you have to have a code enforcement officer that goes out and identifies the property owner, then you have to locate them, then you have to summon them to court, and the judge is going to give them so much time to bring the building into compliance,” said Bishop.
He also encourages people to make sure their vacant properties are well lit. For people who don’t live near their vacant property, he suggested asking neighbors to keep an eye on the property to help deter any suspicious activity.
According to the city of Gaffney’s code, if a building official finds a property is not in compliance with the code, they can issue a property complaint which states any charges. The complaint also notifies the owner about a hearing, where they can appear in person and respond. City code states the property will owner will need to bring the property into compliance, remove or demolish the structure, or vacate and close it. If the owner does not comply, a building official can remedy the issue and any cost will be a lien against the property.
People can view the city code online.
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CHEROKEE COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) — Leaders with the Cherokee County Salvation Army said their thrift store is down thousands of dollars in sales and being forced to move into a temporary location.It’s happening just weeks before the start of the holiday season.“We know we serve a might God, who can move through people, and that’s what we’re praying for,” said Major Lisa Davis, with the Salvation Army.The doors are locked and the lights are off at the Salvation Army Thrift Store off Robinso...
CHEROKEE COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) — Leaders with the Cherokee County Salvation Army said their thrift store is down thousands of dollars in sales and being forced to move into a temporary location.
It’s happening just weeks before the start of the holiday season.
“We know we serve a might God, who can move through people, and that’s what we’re praying for,” said Major Lisa Davis, with the Salvation Army.
The doors are locked and the lights are off at the Salvation Army Thrift Store off Robinson Street in Gaffney.
“We have lost close to $15,000 and that money is used in our general operating,” said Davis.
Major Davis said problems, with an odor inside the store, started a few weeks ago. She said it’s non-toxic and not flammable, but caused problems for employees.
“It’s an unpleasant chemical smell. After a couple of minutes being in the building, eyes [start] to water, and you get a horrible taste in your mouth, so it’s just unpleasant,” said Davis.
Davis said the smell forced them to shut the doors, while they work with experts to figure out what’s causing the smell.
“We just know it’s in the air, right now, possibly coming up underneath the ground. We don’t think it’s anything to do with our building itself, the structural part of the building,” said Davis.
Davis said several experts have come to check out the odor and she said DHEC was investigating.
A spokesperson for DHEC confirmed staff with the Underground Storage Tank (UST) program visited the area Friday. She said DHEC staff conducted a compliance inspection of UST system at a nearby gas station and found it was in compliance with regulations. This week, DHEC staff plan to conduct another compliance inspection at a different gas station near the Salvation Army. She said DHEC did not order the Salvation Army to close and said DHEC does not have the authority to regulate or sample indoor air quality at homes or businesses.
Still with the doors closed, there’s no money coming in from the store.
“We are in dire need of our community’s help with this because it has caused a huge hole in our cash flow,” said Davis.
Davis said sales at the store help supports programs like the soup kitchen and upcoming holiday efforts for local kids.
“We are right at the busy season of Christmas, with our angel tree, trying to get 403 angels filled,” said Davis.
Davis said they’re pushing forward. On Thursday, the thrift store moved into a temporary location, inside the Salvation Army’s gym.
“At some point, we’re going to need a temporary building, maybe even a permanent one,” said Davis.
Davis is hoping to find a better solution by reaching out to the community.
“If there’s anyone in the community that has a building that’s not used and that would allow the salvation army to occupy it rent free, that would be a incredible blessing to us,” said Davis.
She said people can also help the Salvation Army this holiday season, by volunteering and helping with the Christmas Kettles program.
She said they’re still working to investigate the cause of odor. When they pinpoint the issue, it could be weeks before the store is able to reopen.
Ledger Staff Writerspowell@gaffneyledger.comSteve Moss still remembers the first time he entered the historic South Carolina Statehouse to start work as a state legislator in the House of Representatives.The Blacksburg resident surveyed the many interesting architectural features with marble walls, marble floors, and memorials in the building’s interior completed in 1895. The dozens of portraits lining the walls of the Senate and House chamber reflect a ‘who’s who’ in South Carolina politics.&ldqu...
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Steve Moss still remembers the first time he entered the historic South Carolina Statehouse to start work as a state legislator in the House of Representatives.
The Blacksburg resident surveyed the many interesting architectural features with marble walls, marble floors, and memorials in the building’s interior completed in 1895. The dozens of portraits lining the walls of the Senate and House chamber reflect a ‘who’s who’ in South Carolina politics.
“I remember looking at all the history around the State House on my first day of work and thinking, ‘I get to work here,’” Moss recalled. “Then I realized what a huge responsibility it was to represent the interests of 34,000 people in my district.”
Moss made the difficult decision to retire from the state House of Representatives this year. He spent 13 1/2 years representing House District 30 after he won a special election in 2009.
His family traveled from Cherokee County to join Moss in May when retiring state lawmakers were honored for their service during one of the final days of the regular legislative session.
Brian Lawson will officially succeed Moss once the results from Tuesday’s elections are certified.
“It was hard to leave. I had started to build some seniority and was able to work with the members of the Cherokee County Legislative Delegation to get things done,” Moss said. “I’ve had the opportunity to speak with Brian Lawson a few times over the past couple of months. Brian is a good man and will do an excellent job.”
During Moss’ tenure, the Board of Public Works and Town of Blacksburg reached an agreement to expand water and sewer lines from the Broad River to I-85 to spur economic development in the area. Federal pandemic money helped the state expand broadband access into rural areas to provide high-speed Internet access.
This year’s $13.8 billion budget includes an income tax cut and rebate for many South Carolina residents. State residents could get paid back up to $800 based on the income tax they paid this tax year.
Along with cutting taxes, the state has benefited from strong growth in the economy, federal pandemic money and savings from the past two budgets to guard against COVID-19 financial impacts.
“I’m glad we have a rainy day fund in the budget,” Moss said. “When I started in 2009, we were just coming out of the Great Recession. We didn’t have any money so we had to cut state agencies by 20%. We have been able to build up a rainy day fund that will set aside more money so hopefully that won’t happen again.”
Moss said the COVID-19 school closures served as a wake-up call on the need to expand high-speed internet access in rural areas so children’s education was not disrupted.
He is excited about the renovation work underway to upgrade facilities at the Kings Mountain State Park and the upcoming Revolutionary War Discovery Center project that will one day become a tourist destination in Cherokee County.
While sad to leave as a state legislator, Moss is looking forward to having more time to travel to the mountains and spend time with his grandchildren. He will celebrate his 50th year as a Blacksburg volunteer firefighter in February of 2023 and has served on numerous boards and organizations over the past five decades.
“It was time. I had some health setbacks in the past few months. I’ve been involved in community service since I was in my early 20s,” Moss said. “It has been an honor and privilege to serve in the state House of Representatives. I’ve made a lot of really good friends. I’m really proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish in the state Legislature over the years. There are a lot of really strong people in state government.”
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Madisyn Watson signs her letter of intent to Division II Limestone University in Gaffney, SC, while her parents, Josh and Lisa Watson, look on.by Dave WarnerLittle Falls defensive standout Madisyn Watson ‘23 will continue her field hockey career at Division II Limestone University in Gaffney, SC. Watson will join the Saints as a member of the Class of ‘27.The four-year varsity starter and letter winner garnered Center State Conference Honorable Mention recognition in her sophomore an...
Madisyn Watson signs her letter of intent to Division II Limestone University in Gaffney, SC, while her parents, Josh and Lisa Watson, look on.
by Dave Warner
Little Falls defensive standout Madisyn Watson ‘23 will continue her field hockey career at Division II Limestone University in Gaffney, SC. Watson will join the Saints as a member of the Class of ‘27.
The four-year varsity starter and letter winner garnered Center State Conference Honorable Mention recognition in her sophomore and junior years, being named a First team All-Star in 2022. Watson anchored a strong defense for Little Falls.
Watson helped the Mounties compile a 45-23 record, a Sectional Championship in 2021, and two appearances in the finals. Her career stats include one goal and two assists while recording four defensive saves.
According to Little Falls coach Monica Tooley, “I am personally thankful to have an athlete that wants to continue playing a sport that I love and that she loves. I’m proud to have her as part of the program and to see that our program can develop players to play at this next level.”
“I’m more proud of the work that she’s put into it to get to this position. She’s been battling knee injuries over the years and finally got that fixed and then really blossomed this year defensively and became the player she always knew she could be without any limitations,” the coach stated.
Madisyn said she was hooked on field hockey from the moment she watched her first game. “It looked tough, and I wanted to be tough. Ever since I started playing field hockey, I knew that I wanted to play it in college because I was so passionate about it.”
“I didn’t know how far I wanted to go until recently because I had more confidence in myself and what I could do,” she stated.
Madisyn’s mom, Lisa, said, “I’m super excited for her. I never thought she’d want to go this route, but as soon as she said she wanted to pursue her field hockey career, I said absolutely. Whatever we must do to get you to whatever you want to be.”
She said that Madisyn had considered a lot of schools, and this was one of the ones she wanted to look at. “We watched a game and met with their coach, who welcomed her and offered her a spot on the team.”
Madisyn remarked, “I don’t think I would be here without the team we have supporting me or the coaches and my parents.”