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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 Kingstree, 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 Kingstree, 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 Kingstree 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 Kingstree, 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 Kingstree'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 Kingstree.

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

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 Kingstree, 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 Kingstree, 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 Kingstree, 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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Abney Hall Pro Tip:

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 Kingstree, 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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Abney Hall Pro Tip

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 Kingstree, 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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Latest News in Kingstree, SC

Name, mascot, colors for merging Williamsburg County high schools picked in private meeting

The name, mascot and colors of the new high school created by the merger of Kingstree and C.E. Murray were chosen this week in a private meeting that was not announced publicly ahead of time.When the schools combine in the fall, the school will be called Kingstree, according to a message sent by Kingstree Athletic Director Barry McFadden to a district official that was shared with The News.The new school’s color scheme of black and maroon with white accents combines the colors from the two merging high schools. C.E. Murra...

The name, mascot and colors of the new high school created by the merger of Kingstree and C.E. Murray were chosen this week in a private meeting that was not announced publicly ahead of time.

When the schools combine in the fall, the school will be called Kingstree, according to a message sent by Kingstree Athletic Director Barry McFadden to a district official that was shared with The News.

The new school’s color scheme of black and maroon with white accents combines the colors from the two merging high schools. C.E. Murray High, whose students will be transferred to Kingstree, has a maroon and gold color scheme. Kingstree has a black and gold color scheme.

The combined school will use Blazers as a mascot name. Kingstree’s current mascot is the Jaguars, while C.E. Murray is known as the War Eagles.

Williamsburg County Superintendent Rose Wilder said the decisions were made student government representatives from each school. The athletic directors from each school as well as two additional staff members also attended.

Wilder said that the meeting was not publicly announced because “it’s about the students.” She said she considered the staff members in the room as representatives of the public.

C.E. Murray Athletics Director Brian Smith said he was pleased with the decisions.

“Everyone discussed all the options and all the history and all that,” Smith said. “The kids did great. The kids picked it.”

It is unclear, however, if the decision on the new school name, mascot and colors will stick.

Williamsburg County schools remain under state control three years after poor test scores and financial problems halted local control in 2018. The S.C. Department of Education is beginning the process of handing back the district to the local school board.

Decisions on the new high school must get final approval from the Department of Education, agency spokesman Ryan Brown said. State education staff members were aware Wilder had formed a committee of students to discuss changes at the merged high schools but were not aware of any meeting held this week, Brown said.

Wilder, who was appointed by the Department of Education, said that schools did not need state permission to make decisions on the name, mascot and colors.

In keeping with its history, C.E. Murray will keep its name next school year when it houses students in grades 3-8, including those at nearby Greeleyville Elementary, which is overcrowded. The building also will have middle school students who already attend C.E. Murray with high schoolers.

The driving forces behind the merger is the low and declining enrollment at both schools and the many teacher vacancies. Kingstree High was built to hold close to 1,500 students. Even with the combined student population, the school will only be approaching half capacity.

C.E. Murray football coach will lead team when high school merges with Kingstree

C.E. Murray head football coach Brian Smith will be the first leader of the Kingstree Blazers, the combined Kingstree and C.E. Murray high schools that starts this fall, Williamsburg County School District Superintendent Rose Wilder told The News.Wilder said she made the decision on the coach, and the athletics director position has yet to be decided.Smith, who has spent seven seasons in two stints with C.E. Murray, was chosen over Randall State, the current coach at Kingstree who just finished his first season.State sai...

C.E. Murray head football coach Brian Smith will be the first leader of the Kingstree Blazers, the combined Kingstree and C.E. Murray high schools that starts this fall, Williamsburg County School District Superintendent Rose Wilder told The News.

Wilder said she made the decision on the coach, and the athletics director position has yet to be decided.

Smith, who has spent seven seasons in two stints with C.E. Murray, was chosen over Randall State, the current coach at Kingstree who just finished his first season.

State said he learned about the new Kingstree coach from a reporter. He said that finding out he did not get the job that way shows the lack of organization within the district that is under control of the S.C. Department of Education.

State, who went 2-5 in his one season leading the Jaguars, said he was not interviewed for the job and “didn’t have a chance at all.”

“I don’t think it’s fair. But we just got to move on with it,” he said. “Sometimes life’s not fair. I’ll just, you know, grab my bag, pack it up and just get on with my business.”

State added that he would not be interested in being an assistant on Smith’s staff.

Smith, who also is C.E. Murray’s athletic director, said he learned he got the job from a reporter and has not received official word from the district. Wilder said she did tell a school principal.

“I would be honored and be ready to work to help this be a successful merger,” Smith said. “I’ll do whatever is in the best interest of all the students involved.”

Smith led the War Eagles to the Lower State Championship game this past fall and often took players from both schools on recruiting trips around the country.

Wilder, who is state appointed, said she decided on the new school’s head football coach because it’s the “key position right now.”

Wilder said has the authority to do make the coaching decision. However, all personnel decisions must be approved by the S.C. Department of education, an agency spokesman said.

The decision on the new school’s football coach came days after a group of students picked by Wilder agreed on a name, mascot and colors for the school. The students gathered with school personnel in a private meeting that was not announced publicly ahead of time.

The school will be called Kingstree with Blazers as the mascot. The new school’s color scheme of black and maroon with white accents combines the colors from the two merging high schools.

High school students from C.E. Murray will transfer to Kingstree High.

The driving forces behind the merger is the low and declining enrollment at both schools and the many teacher vacancies. Kingstree High was built to hold close to 1,500 students. Even with the combined student population, the school will only be approaching half capacity.

Katie Wheeler hired as new Kingstree Main Street Director

Katie Wheeler, a Kingstree native, has been hired as the town’s new Main Street Director. Wheeler fills the shoes of William Freeman who left to become the Town Administrator in Hemingway at the start of the year.Wheeler graduated from the College of Charleston in December 2016 and was most recently the Executive Assistant to Williamsburg Technical College’s President.Wheeler said she found out about the opening from a friend. “As soon as she told me, I knew that that’s what I wanted to do,” Wheele...

Katie Wheeler, a Kingstree native, has been hired as the town’s new Main Street Director. Wheeler fills the shoes of William Freeman who left to become the Town Administrator in Hemingway at the start of the year.

Wheeler graduated from the College of Charleston in December 2016 and was most recently the Executive Assistant to Williamsburg Technical College’s President.

Wheeler said she found out about the opening from a friend. “As soon as she told me, I knew that that’s what I wanted to do,” Wheeler said. Wheeler would add that the ability to make Kingstree better for her children is what attracted her to the job and what made her say yes.

Kingstree Town Manager Richard Treme said there was no one thing that stood out to him in the hiring process, but it was the overall package Wheeler brought to the table.

“It’s her job to make connections with business people and talk to people that want to invest in our downtown,” Treme said. “We’re mainly interested in retail businesses coming in our downtown area.” Treme also mentioned the necessity to be tech savvy, as much of the work with the job and the communication with others is done through computers.

Wheeler majored in business administration as well as hospitality and tourism management while at College of Charleston. While in school, Wheeler interned with the Medical University of South Carolina Children’s Hospital organizing volunteers and did large scale fundraising events. Prior to working at Williamsburg Tech, she worked with the Waccamaw Regional Council of Governments.

In the short time Wheeler has been on the job, her ability to learn on the fly has impressed Treme.

Wheeler looks to build on the work Freeman did. “I think we’re on an upward spiral,” Wheeler said. “And I just want to see that momentum continue to move forward.”

One element Wheeler hopes to put her stamp on is the town’s social media identity.

“Social media is our way of life. We’ve got to share everything our town has to offer,” Wheeler said. “We posted a picture of Black River today and we have one of the most gorgeous towns and rivers in the state. People need to know that when they see Kingstree.”

While she has no single major initiative planned, Wheeler wants to “diversify” the events the town does and make sure the events are fun for people of all ages.

“Working for the town that I love is a dream come true,” Wheeler said.

You can follow Brandon on twitter @brandon__alter for latest updates. You can reach him by email him at news@kingstreenews.com

County budget passes unanimously

Williamsburg County has found a way to make up more than $200,000 in its budget without making any cuts, according to County Supervisor Tiffany Cooks.The budget was passed unanimously on June 28, one week after a public hearing was scheduled where no members of the public showed up.Cooks said that the county was able to make up the budget deficit by finding new revenue in hospital bonds, but warns “we’re not going to be so lucky next time.”While the county has approved an operating budget that will go i...

Williamsburg County has found a way to make up more than $200,000 in its budget without making any cuts, according to County Supervisor Tiffany Cooks.

The budget was passed unanimously on June 28, one week after a public hearing was scheduled where no members of the public showed up.

Cooks said that the county was able to make up the budget deficit by finding new revenue in hospital bonds, but warns “we’re not going to be so lucky next time.”

While the county has approved an operating budget that will go into effect July 1, they are not out of the woods yet.

A recently passed law aimed at clarifying the road maintenance fee that spawned lawsuits across the state, exempted agricultural equipment from the fee. For Williamsburg County, that could shakeout to be another $200,000 the county has to make up.

“These unfunded mandates that we have, are going to create a problem at some point,” Cooks said. “Because the county does not have the funding to support these mandates.”

At the beginning of the process, Cooks said that it would be a very challenging budget season, and she credits everyone working together to be able to meet the challenge.

“[County employees] are exercising a lot of patience,” Cooks said. “[They’re foregoing, a lot of things that county employees should be receiving.” County employees are not receiving a raise in salary to account for the higher cost of living.

Other expenses the county had to account for include, a state mandated 1% increase in the retirement contribution rates paid by the county, a state mandated 18.10% increase in health insurance paid by the county and an increase in expenses in gas and fuel and electricity due to inflation.

While the county still has one more hurdle to clear, Cooks wanted to thank the county’s CFO Elizabeth Nelson, who is retiring, for all the work she has done over the years.

“I thank her for all the years of keeping this her county afloat,” Cooks said. “And I look forward to seeing what the county is going to do in the future.”

You can follow Brandon on twitter @brandon__alter for latest updates. You can reach him by email him at news@kingstreenews.com

Tommy Woods Jr. goes down in history as the last ever C.E. Murray High graduate

Tommy Woods, Jr. went down in history on June 4, as the last ever graduate of C.E. Murray High.With the school transitioning to an elementary/middle school and the high school students merging with Kingstree, the June 4, graduation ceremony was the last one for high schoolers at the school. Woods was the last of 52 students to walk across the stage.The high school aged students are being transferred as a result the low and declining enrollment at both schools and many teacher vacancies. Additionally, the merger allows for a mor...

Tommy Woods, Jr. went down in history on June 4, as the last ever graduate of C.E. Murray High.

With the school transitioning to an elementary/middle school and the high school students merging with Kingstree, the June 4, graduation ceremony was the last one for high schoolers at the school. Woods was the last of 52 students to walk across the stage.

The high school aged students are being transferred as a result the low and declining enrollment at both schools and many teacher vacancies. Additionally, the merger allows for a more rigorous academic program for a school that sees high grades, but low test scores. Another factor was the overcrowding at Greeleyville Elementary, which will send its grades third to fifth students to the C.E. Murray High building.

“The time went by so fast,” Woods said.

Woods and the rest of the 2022 class had their high school journey interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, but found a way through it.

“It was hard,” Woods said about learning during the pandemic. “But we worked through it.”

C.E. Murray Principal Gwendolyn Harris called the graduation ceremony a “bittersweet” moment.

“I knew [the merger] was going to happen and like the community I didn’t want to lose the history,” Harris said. “However, I thought about the total picture, and what the kids would probably gain, I can see the reason for it.”

Harris, who has been the principal at C.E. Murray for the last handful of years, thinks that while some of the students know and understand the history of C.E. Murray, some of the meaning has been lost as time moves on and memories start to fade.

“Over the years while they understand the history maybe the connection to history for some is not as strong as it needs to be,” Harris said.

The school is named after Charles Edward Murray, who was principal of the school for almost 25 years. The school was named after him while he was still principal. During his tenure, the school received state and national accolades. After Murray’s retirement, the school continued to raise expectations in both the classroom and on the athletics field.

While the makeup of the students will change for the school, the name will stay. Harris said that alumni have made a considerable effort to keep the name of the school, so that the legacy continues.

“This legacy will never die, it will never die,” Harris said. “The legacy of C.E. Murray is going to continue.”

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