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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 Greenwood, 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 Greenwood, 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 Greenwood 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:

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The Top Wedding Venue in Greenwood, SC

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 Greenwood'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 Greenwood.

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What Sets Abney Hall Apart from Other Wedding Venues in Greenwood?

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 Greenwood, SC, along with some helpful tips from our experienced wedding venue staff:

Venue Size

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.

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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.

Location and Nearby Lodging

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 Greenwood, 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.

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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.

Venue Staff

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 Greenwood, SC, for the first time, we want you to feel like you have all the information you need to make an informed purchasing decision.

We would be happy to go over:
  • Venue Pricing
  • Ceremony Specifics
  • Reception Specifics
  • Catering Possibilities
  • Decorating Possibilities
  • Entertainment Options
  • Photography and Photo Opportunities
  • Venue Amenities
  • Bridal Party Needs
  • Groomsman Needs

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.

Decor

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.

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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.

Photo Opportunities

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 Greenwood, 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.

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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.

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The Premier Corporate Event Venue in Greenwood, SC

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.

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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
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Latest News in Greenwood, SC

Family, lawmaker call for release of Greenwood woman in prison for manslaughter

GREENWOOD, S.C. (FOX Carolina) - Family, friends, and supporters of Tiffany Carroll are coming together to call for the release of the mother of five.The Greenwood native is serving a 15-year sentence in the 2017 death of her abusive boyfriend.“We’re calling for the release and exoneration of Tiffany Carroll,” said Rep. John McCravy.For three and a half years, Carroll’s family has been hoping she can come home.“My family grieves every day. We are in pain and sorrow,” said her si...

GREENWOOD, S.C. (FOX Carolina) - Family, friends, and supporters of Tiffany Carroll are coming together to call for the release of the mother of five.

The Greenwood native is serving a 15-year sentence in the 2017 death of her abusive boyfriend.

“We’re calling for the release and exoneration of Tiffany Carroll,” said Rep. John McCravy.

For three and a half years, Carroll’s family has been hoping she can come home.

“My family grieves every day. We are in pain and sorrow,” said her sister Brenda McCullough.

In 2019, Carroll pleaded guilty but mentally ill to manslaughter in the death of William Jamal Johnson.

Carroll stabbed Johnson while the two were fighting.

After her arrest, a licensed clinical psychologist reported Carroll was in a “cycle of violence” and diagnosed her with Battered Woman Syndrome.

“We can’t say enough times that Tiffany was a victim of domestic violence,” said Meg’s House Executive Director Alice Hodges.

Carroll’s former second-grade teacher Mary Ann Wingard reconnected in recent years with Carroll and brought her case to the attention of Rep. McCravy.

“I noticed she looked very sad and very tired, but she was the same sweet person that I had known as a student,” said Wingard.

“The more I looked at it, the more I became convinced that the only way justice could be served is to free Tiffany from prison,” added McCravy.

McCravy is applying for a pardon for Carroll and says he has spoken with the eighth circuit solicitor, who reportedly told him he has no objections to a pardon and would even write a letter of support.

“She was not herself, she was not the (Tiffany) that we know, and we want her home, and she should be home with her family,” said McCullough.

McCravy says he could file the pardon paperwork as soon as next week. According to the SCDPPPS, it typically takes 7-9 months after pardon applications are submitted for a hearing date to be scheduled.

Carroll is also eligible for parole, and McCravy says she will have a hearing later this year.

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Tracking Coronavirus in Greenwood County, S.C.: Latest Map and Case Count

Latest trendsHigher test positivity rates are a sign that many infections are not reported — even if they are tested for at home. This results in a more severe undercount of cases. The number of hospitalized patients with Covid is a more reliable measure because testing is more consistent in hospitals. Read more about the data....

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Higher test positivity rates are a sign that many infections are not reported — even if they are tested for at home. This results in a more severe undercount of cases. The number of hospitalized patients with Covid is a more reliable measure because testing is more consistent in hospitals. Read more about the data.

In data for South Carolina, The Times primarily relies on reports from the state. The state releases new data once a week. It released new data daily until June 12, 2021, and new data all weekdays until March 15, 2022. The state reports cases and deaths based on a person’s permanent or usual residence.

The Times has identified reporting anomalies or methodology changes in the data.

The tallies on this page include probable and confirmed cases and deaths.

Confirmed cases and deaths, which are widely considered to be an undercount of the true toll, are counts of individuals whose coronavirus infections were confirmed by a molecular laboratory test. Probable cases and deaths count individuals who meet criteria for other types of testing, symptoms and exposure, as developed by national and local governments.

Governments often revise data or report a single-day large increase in cases or deaths from unspecified days without historical revisions, which can cause an irregular pattern in the daily reported figures. The Times is excluding these anomalies from seven-day averages when possible. For agencies that do not report data every day, variation in the schedule on which cases or deaths are reported, such as around holidays, can also cause an irregular pattern in averages. The Times uses an adjustment method to vary the number of days included in an average to remove these irregularities.

40 years after this plane was taken out of a South Carolina lake, renovations continue

The B-25 bomber crashed into Lake Greenwood in 1944, and after decades of recovery and restoration efforts, the plane looks like the original.COLUMBIA, S.C. — A crowd filled Jim Hamilton - L.B. Owens Airport on Saturday to celebrate four decades since a B-25 bomber plane was found in Lake Greenwood.Call it an obsession or a historic curiosity, but Ken Berry's love for aircraft is palpable. He's the president of the South Carolina Historic Aviation F...

The B-25 bomber crashed into Lake Greenwood in 1944, and after decades of recovery and restoration efforts, the plane looks like the original.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — A crowd filled Jim Hamilton - L.B. Owens Airport on Saturday to celebrate four decades since a B-25 bomber plane was found in Lake Greenwood.

Call it an obsession or a historic curiosity, but Ken Berry's love for aircraft is palpable. He's the president of the South Carolina Historic Aviation Foundation and one of the volunteers who has spent years working on the B-25C bomber plane. He said the history of the bomber begins in Columbia at CAE.

"Back in that day, it was called Columbia Army Air Base. It was used in Greenville at the Donaldson Center, which in those days was called Greenville Army Air Base. It was a training plane that was used back and forth between the bases," Berry said. "They dropped bombs in lake murray, they weren't real bombs; they were filled with wet sand."

He said that, on June 6, 1944, the plane crashed into the water at Lake Greenwood during one of those practice bombings, where it disappeared for decards. Nearly 40 years later, the plane was recovered by a group of Navy deep divers, including Chuck Messick.

"We had to do everything by feel," Messick said. "Then from there, after we found the aircraft, we put together a plan."

"A few months after we found the plane, put together the plan, and then came down and recovered," he said.

After being purchased by the Historic Aviation Foundation in 2012, the plane was moved to the Jim Hamilton Airport, where it's been refurbished by a group of volunteers. Berry estimated that thousands of dollars have been spent on maintaining the plane, money that comes from grants and, to a larger extent, donors. On Saturday, the foundation hosted an open house celebrating its history.

Messick said he was amazed at how much the plane has changed since he found it. He said the goal is to use this plane to educate younger generations about the sacrifices of those who served.

"We lose a little bit of the understanding of the sacrifices that really had to happen in World War II for us to be Americans," he said. "That sacrifice, I'm worried it would be difficult for us today to do that and hope that we never have to. But you do better if you understand what really did happen at the time to know that you don't want to be there again."

The Historic Aviation Foundation's next open house is on Sept. 9.

Greenwood High School sophomore wins Miss SC Teen 2023

Columbia, SC – The Miss South Carolina Scholarship Organization, on Friday evening, crowned Miss Lakeland's Teen, Margaret Turner, as Miss South Carolina's Teen 2023.Miss Turner hails from Greenwood, South Carolina, and is a 16-year-old sophomore at Greenwood High School. She performed a jazz dance to "I Feel The Earth Move" by Martika, and she previously...

Columbia, SC – The Miss South Carolina Scholarship Organization, on Friday evening, crowned Miss Lakeland's Teen, Margaret Turner, as Miss South Carolina's Teen 2023.

Miss Turner hails from Greenwood, South Carolina, and is a 16-year-old sophomore at Greenwood High School. She performed a jazz dance to "I Feel The Earth Move" by Martika, and she previously won the Teen Evening Gown Award, and the Teen Rookie and Overall Talent Awards.

Miss South Carolina’s Teen 2023, Margaret Turner, received a $10,000 scholarship and will compete for the title of Miss America’s Outstanding Teen.

The Miss South Carolina Scholarship Organization also named four additional delegates as runners up in the 2023 Miss South Carolina's Teen competition:

The Miss South Carolina 2023 Competition will continue tomorrow evening, Saturday, June 24, with Miss South Carolina Finals Night. The competition will be aired live on WACH Fox TV beginning at 8:00pm EST, and will culminate with the crowning of Miss South Carolina 2023.

Miss South Carolina 2023 will receive a $60,000 scholarship and will compete for the title of Miss America.

The South Carolina Commission on Higher Education announced today the launch of College Application Month, an annual program to help high school students navigate and complete their college applications.

In 2022, 244 South Carolina high schools hosted College Application Month events, and about 21,000 seniors collectively submitted close to 37,000 applications. In 2023, Clinton High School is confirmed to host an event.

“College Application Month provides real-time opportunities for students to receive help with the first step in the college access process: the college application,” said Gerrick Hampton, EdD, associate director of the CHE Office of Student Affairs. “College Application Month is effective because it represents a collaborative effort amongst the CHE, higher education institutions, and high schools to support seniors in accessing higher education.”

College Application Month was first held in South Carolina in 2009 and has since become a vital component of state efforts to encourage college attendance. The program’s success has grown tremendously since its inception. In its first year, just 12 high schools participated, with 1,000 seniors collectively submitting about 2,000 applications.

The program is recognized by the higher education community for being especially helpful to South Carolina students from under-resourced communities and backgrounds.

"It’s important for all students in South Carolina to have access to college applications to start the process to further their educational endeavors,” said Aniysa Capers, assistant director of admissions at Columbia College. “College Application Month provides this access with fee waivers, in-person assistance, and guidance to seniors as they complete various applications. It’s an equitable and vital opportunity that supports each year’s graduating class."

Second-year CHE College Process Ambassador Emalee Mann emphasized the effectiveness of College Application Month from a student perspective.

“College Application Month is more valuable than I can express,” Mann said. “Although the college application process can be very daunting and stressful, there are resources everywhere via SCCANGO. When I entered College Application Month, I was overwhelmed and did not know where to start, but the month and all resources offered through CHE made my process easy. Stay calm, be yourself, and start now!"

College Application Month and the CHE’s SC CAN GO college access campaign directly support the CHE’s long-term strategic goal of increasing higher education attainment in South Carolina state by promoting college accessibility. Ultimately, this contributes to the state’s growing economy by providing more skilled and trained workers to meet the increasingly technical demands of the modern workforce. By 2027, 70 percent of all jobs are expected to require some education beyond high school.

The state’s current higher education attainment rate is approximately 48 percent and the CHE’s goal is to reach 60 percent by 2030.

'We need that comfort': Family of Greenwood man looks for answers 2 months since disappearance

Family of Kenneth Hughes continues searching 2 months later Infinite Scroll Enabled GET LOCAL BREAKING NEWS ALERTSThe latest breaking updates, delivered straight to your email inbox.Your Email AddressPrivacy Notice GREENWOOD, S.C. —It has almost been two months since 28-year-old Kenneth Hughes was last seen.However, no matter how bad the weather was Thursd...

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It has almost been two months since 28-year-old Kenneth Hughes was last seen.

However, no matter how bad the weather was Thursday, friends, family, and the Greenwood community came together to lift each other's spirits in hopes Hughes will come home.

In a dark church in Greenwood County, the family and friends of Kenneth Hughes came together to pray for a miracle.

Hughes was last seen off of Rush Road in Hodges, South Carolina, on Nov. 16. Since then, the family has dealt with the ups and downs of new leads and disappointment.

"I mean, we do get leads. Not every day but every so often and we get excited because we think we're going to find him. Then we hit a brick wall and then it's nothing. Then we get another lead and it's the same thing," Hughes' aunt, Rhonda Crenshaw, said.

Crenshaw said Hughes' son is also taking it hard as he waits for his dad to come home.

"He's been asking when his daddy is coming to see him. He's been crying wanting to know if he is going to see him again. It's just sad. He doesn't understand, he's 6," Crenshaw said.

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Michael Hubbard with Loudwater Outfitters, an organization that works on missing persons and cold cases, has been helping the family since Hughes disappeared. He said people need to understand this can happen to anyone.

"People think that somebody can't go missing in their family or in their community. That's the worst thing. Out of all these mothers and family members that I've talked to, not just Kenneth Hughes's case but all of them. It's terrible," Hubbard said.

While Hughes' family sat in that quiet church praying for good news, Crenshaw said the stormy weather outside was proof of her nephew's presence.

"He's coming in with the hurricane just because the thunder, lightning, wind and all that. I just thought that was funny because that's him. He was just always full force," Crenshaw said.

"If you're out there listening, give us a phone call and let us know if you're alright because that's what we need. We need that comfort, that closure in this situation. Your dad and your son, they are looking for your return," Hughes' uncle, Bill Crenshaw, said.

The Greenwood Co. Sheriff's Office about Hughes's case and they sent the following statement:

"We appreciate the communities support and willingness to help in all of the searches that have been conducted to try and locate Hughes. Our investigators are continuing to track down leads and interview those willing to speak to us. We ask that anyone that may have any information to come forward or submit it anonymously by calling 1-888-crime-sc."

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