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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 Hampton, 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 Hampton, 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 Hampton 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 Hampton, 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 Hampton'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 Hampton.

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

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 Hampton, 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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Abney Hall Pro Tip:

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 Hampton, 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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Abney Hall Pro Tip:

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 Hampton, 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 Hampton, 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 Hampton, 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!

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'Real Housewives of Atlanta' star Marlo Hampton says 'the devil' keeps coming in between her and Kenya Moore

Ahead of season 14's premiere, "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" star Marlo Hampton told Insider she's "crushed" by her inability to maintain a friendship with her castmate Kenya Moore.During a trip to South Carolina in season 13, the two reconciled with the help of former housewife ...

Ahead of season 14's premiere, "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" star Marlo Hampton told Insider she's "crushed" by her inability to maintain a friendship with her castmate Kenya Moore.

During a trip to South Carolina in season 13, the two reconciled with the help of former housewife Cynthia Bailey. They apologized to one another for previous insults and ambushes and agreed to set their differences aside. The moment appeared to be a turning point for the duo, but the season 14 trailer featured several scenes of them screeching at each other once again.

"It's sad because both of us are strong, Black, Aquarius women, same upbringing. And it's so sad that we can't just really get it together and let it last," said Hampton. "At least two years would've been nice to be friends and be happy, but some kind of way, the devil just keeps coming right in between us."

Hampton becomes a full-time cast member on season 14, after appearing as a friend of the show for several seasons.

The two have had multiple battles on the show. They have sabotaged one another's events, called each other vicious names, and traded jabs on social media. Moore crashed Hampton's wig launch with a marching band chanting the name of her own hair-care line. Hampton attacked Moore's turbulent relationship with her birth mother.

Hampton told Insider she tried her best to be a good friend to Moore. "I tell you no lie. I came in 10 toes down, been an amazing friend to Kenya this season. You're going to see," she said. "I was supportive like no other, loyal like no other. And it just was not reciprocated. It was not given back.

Hampton continued: "I just, I'm like, 'What do I do? I keep trying to be so nice. So sweet. I just keep getting crushed.' So I'm just, I'm over it."

Hampton said while the two castmates are not particularly close today they are "in a good place" and she can "love" Moore "from a distance."

"The Real Housewives of Atlanta" premieres Sunday, May 1 at 8 p.m. ET on Bravo.

Top-ranked South Carolina High Schools as ranked by US News

(WSPA) — U.S. News and World Report released its annual rankings of the best high schools in the nation. In South Carolina, Wade Hampton High School in Greenville made the top 10 list for the state. The Academic Magnet High School in North Charleston ra...

(WSPA) — U.S. News and World Report released its annual rankings of the best high schools in the nation. In South Carolina, Wade Hampton High School in Greenville made the top 10 list for the state. The Academic Magnet High School in North Charleston ranked second overall in the country.

The rankings did not include private schools. Here are the top high schools in the state as ranked by U.S. News and World Report:

To determine a school’s rank, the publication looked at six factors using data from third-party sources:

Much of the data used for the 2022 list comes from several years ago:

The Common Core of Data is the U.S. Department of Education website, updated annually, that contains basic data on enrollment, student ethnicity and other profile information on all public high schools in the U.S. The department collects the data directly from schools, school districts or state departments of education, which is reflected on usnews.com. For the 2022 rankings, U.S. News used CCD’s free and reduced-priced lunch data, ethnicity data and grade 12 enrollment data from 2018-2019, 2017-2018 and 2016-2017 cohorts – each aligning with the three years of state assessment data used in the rankings. The Common Core of Data published on usnews.com pertains to 2020-2021 so you have the most current information available.

Statewide math, reading and science assessment test data used in the 2022 rankings in almost all cases is from the 2016-2017, 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 school years. Science assessment tests used for the first time are only incorporated for 2018-2019 data. High school graduation rates data used in the 2022 rankings are from the 2019-2020 school year. This data in most cases is from each state’s education agency website or directly from state education agencies.

The College Board was the source of the Advanced Placement examination data for each public high school, when applicable, that was used in rankings calculations. The AP exam data used in the analysis is for 12th-grade students in the 2019-2020 school year.

International Baccalaureate was the source of the IB examination data for each public high school, when applicable, that was used to create calculated values. The IB exam data used in the analysis is for 12th-grade students in the 2019-2020 school year.

– U.S. News and World Report 2022

Reinvent Hampton Roads names new president and CEO

Nancy Grden to succeed Jim Spore The first president and CEO of Reinvent Hampton Roads, Jim Spore, will retire June 15, the regional economic development organization announced Thursday....

Nancy Grden to succeed Jim Spore

The first president and CEO of Reinvent Hampton Roads, Jim Spore, will retire June 15, the regional economic development organization announced Thursday.

Nancy L. Grden, executive director of the Hampton Roads Maritime Collaborative for Growth & Innovation (HRMC) and associate vice president of Old Dominion University’s Institute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, has been named the next president and CEO.

Spore has been in the role six years, after leaving his role as city manager of Virginia Beach, where he spent more than two decades. He will stay on through mid-August in an advisory role.

“The biggest change I’ve seen in six years is one in the region’s culture — one from competition to collaboration,” Spore told Virginia Business, adding that there is a much better understanding than there was six years ago of the localities in Hampton Roads working together collectively instead of individually.

The organization serves as GO Virginia Region 5’s support arm and has awarded dozens of grants and invested $55 million in the region since late 2017.

“Jim has given outstanding service for RHR and defined its path,” John O. “Dubby” Wynne, RHR board chairman, said in a statement. “With Jim’s leadership, RHR has developed a framework for progress on a host of initiatives, including encouraging regional collaboration, retaining and attracting talent and advancing infrastructure and resiliency. Hampton Roads is in a much better place thanks to Jim’s leadership, relationships and vision, as well as his long and distinguished career serving the community.”

He added that the board’s decision to hire Grden was unanimous.

Spore told Virginia Business that he and Grden have worked together for years in a number of roles and he feels nothing but comfort knowing the organization is in good hands.

Grden said Reinvent Hampton Roads “has a good foundation and a good base,” and the most important thing for her will be working with many players, including elected officials, city leaders, established organizations and up-and-coming organizations.

At ODU, Grden was co-chair of the Economic Development Task Force, a joint university and community initiative to identify talent and innovation pathways for the region.

She has an MBA from the University of South Carolina, a master’s in regional planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a bachelor’s in economics from Bucknell University.

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Sources: Howard University prepping for conference change

Howard University appears ready to make a move out of the MEAC and into a new conference.Multiple sources tell HBCU Gameday that Howard officials are prepared to move to the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) starting in the 2023-2024 season. HBCU Gameday has reached out to Howard University Athletics officials for comment.Howard would become the 14th full member of the CAA on July 1, 2023, joining College of Charleston (Charleston, S.C.), University of Delaware (Newark, Del.), Drexel University (Philadelphia, Pa.), Elon Unive...

Howard University appears ready to make a move out of the MEAC and into a new conference.

Multiple sources tell HBCU Gameday that Howard officials are prepared to move to the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) starting in the 2023-2024 season. HBCU Gameday has reached out to Howard University Athletics officials for comment.

Howard would become the 14th full member of the CAA on July 1, 2023, joining College of Charleston (Charleston, S.C.), University of Delaware (Newark, Del.), Drexel University (Philadelphia, Pa.), Elon University (Elon, N.C.), Hampton University (Hampton, Va.), Hofstra University (Hempstead, N.Y.), Monmouth University (West Long Branch, N.J.), North Carolina A&T (Greensboro, NC) University of North Carolina Wilmington (Wilmington, N.C.), Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.), Stony Brook University (Stony Brook, N.Y.), Towson University (Towson, Md.) and William & Mary (Williamsburg, Va.). CAA Football would expand to 15 members.

The CAA and Howard have been involved in on-going discussions since at least 2021, sources indicated to HBCU Gameday.

Howard University would be the third HBCU in the last four months to join the FCS conference. Hampton University and North Carolina A&T were both accepted into the conference earlier this year, Hampton in January and A&T in February. Both schools have long and storied history with Howard. Hampton and Howard were two of the founding schools of the CIAA (along with Shaw University, Virginia Union and Lincoln (PA) in 1912, while A&T and Howard were both founding members of the MEAC in 1970.

A Howard departure would leave the MEAC with just seven full members: Delaware State, Coppin State, Morgan State, Maryland-Eastern Shore, Norfolk State, North Carolina Central and South Carolina State.

Hampton and North Carolina A&T are both set to leave the Big South and join the CAA on July 1, 2022. A&T will remain in the Big South for football until 2023.

Howard, meanwhile, would remain the MEAC for the 2022-2023 academic year.

The CAA currently conducts championships in 22 sports. Male athletes compete for championships in baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, swimming & diving, tennis and outdoor track & field. Female athletes battle for conference titles in basketball, cross country, field hockey, golf, lacrosse, rowing, soccer, softball, swimming & diving, tennis, outdoor track & field and volleyball. With the addition of Hampton, Monmouth, North Carolina A&T and Stony Brook in 2022-23, the CAA will add championships in men’s and women’s indoor track & field.

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Restaurant, gallery, taproom opening soon in Travelers Rest, officials say

TRAVELERS REST, S.C. —Three new businesses, including a taproom and a diner, will soon open in a Greenville County retail center near the Swamp Rabbit Trail that's being reinvented as the city grows.The Travelers Rest Gallery and The Community Tap will open for business this week at 327 S. Main St., in Travelers Rest, in a renovated shopping center that's now a new mixed-use redevelopment project for the city.More restaurant news A third tenant, Resident Diner, previously an...

TRAVELERS REST, S.C. —

Three new businesses, including a taproom and a diner, will soon open in a Greenville County retail center near the Swamp Rabbit Trail that's being reinvented as the city grows.

The Travelers Rest Gallery and The Community Tap will open for business this week at 327 S. Main St., in Travelers Rest, in a renovated shopping center that's now a new mixed-use redevelopment project for the city.

More restaurant news

A third tenant, Resident Diner, previously announced it will open where the former Hare and Field restaurant was located, at 327 S. Main St., and is nearing completion to open at a later date.

Daniel Brashier, with Coldwell Banker Caine, said in a release an additional shipping container food vendor facing the green space is also in the works for the updated space.

For owners of The Community Tap, Ed Buffington and Mike Okupinski, the new beer and wine store and tasting room is their third location, after spots at Trailside at The Commons, at 147 Wellborn St., and in the North Main location, at 217 Wade Hampton Blvd.

“This third location is the culmination of everything we’ve learned over the last nearly 13 years," Okupinski said. "We couldn’t be more excited to provide TR with our brand of hospitality.”

The new Tap location features 20 taps, eight additional beer by-the-glass options, 14 by-the-glass wines, as well as a well-curated selection of bottles — 80 to 100 wine options and six coolers of beer for to-go sales. Non-alcoholic drinks and snacks will also be available. Inside, the Tap has bar and table seating for 30, an additional 54 seats outside on the covered patio and the flexible green space for expanded gathering options.

The Travelers Rest Gallery will be open to guests of the bar and restaurant and serve as a meeting space and real estate discovery center for CB Caine to welcome future home-buyers, Brashier said.

He described the new spot as "a community-centric and family-friendly gathering space."

The development includes a central all-weather common area with green space, various seating options, bike racks, and options for live music that connects The Community Tap to the gallery and the new Resident Diner.

“We’re thrilled to open our doors to the community and give Travelers Rest residents and its many visitors another great place to enjoy the best the Upstate has to offer,” Stephen Edgerton, president and CEO of Coldwell Banker Caine, said.

The Tap will hold soft openings Wednesday and Thursday from 4 to 9 p.m. and begin regular hours of operation Friday, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays.

Also coming soon to Travelers Rest, a new Ace Hardware. Greg Paul, the owner of the Ace Hardware, in Hendersonville, North Carolina, is opening a Carolina Ace on State Park Road. (See rendering below.)

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