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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 Lancaster, 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 Lancaster, 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 Lancaster 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 Lancaster, 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 Lancaster'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 Lancaster.

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

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 Lancaster, 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 Lancaster, 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 Lancaster, 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 Lancaster, 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 Lancaster, 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 Lancaster, SC

Chief Buildings establishing operations in Lancaster County

$22.1 million investment will create 102 new jobs over the next five years COLUMBIA, S.C. – ...

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Chief Buildings, a subsidiary of Chief Industries, Inc. and a premier metal building system manufacturer, today announced plans to establish operations in Lancaster County. The company’s $22.1 million investment will create 102 new jobs over the next five years.

Founded in 1966, Chief Buildings is a nationwide leader in low-rise, non-residential metal building systems. The company’s custom-engineered steel solutions optimize and integrate steel framing, roofing and walls.

Located at 992 Quality Drive in Lancaster, Chief Buildings’ new state-of-the-art Lancaster County operations will expand the company’s footprint in the Southeast and increase service to its authorized builder network.

Operations are expected to be online in October 2022. Individuals interested in learning more about Chief Buildings should visit the company’s website.

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits related to this project. The council also awarded a $200,000 Set-Aside grant to Lancaster County to assist with costs of building improvements.

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“Lancaster was the ideal location to expand our operations. The expansion is a logical step in our business growth strategy and helps to ensure we meet the needs of our stakeholders. This project in Lancaster would not be possible without the support from the Lancaster County Department of Economic Development and South Carolina Department of Commerce.” -Chief Industries Chairman of the Board, CEO and President DJ Eihusen

“South Carolina’s talented workforce, ideal location and business-friendly environment continue to recruit top companies. We welcome Chief Buildings to Lancaster County, and look forward to their success.” -Gov. Henry McMaster

“South Carolina’s manufacturing industry continues to grow at record pace, and we are excited to welcome Chief Buildings to the roster of companies that make premier products within our borders. Chief Buildings’ $22.1 million investment and creation of 102 new jobs in Lancaster County are cause for celebration, and we look forward to what the future has in store for them.” -Secretary of Commerce Harry M. Lightsey III

“Chief Buildings will be an exceptional addition to Lancaster County’s manufacturing community. Since our initial meeting with Chief Industries’ CEO DJ Eihusen and his team in September, we realized just how special of a company we were recruiting and committed to securing the project. This third-generation, family-owned business is not only a leader in their industry, but in the communities in which they operate. Lancaster County couldn’t be more appreciative of their decision to bring these outstanding manufacturing jobs here, and we look forward to being a partner with them as they grow their operation here over the coming years.” -Lancaster County Department of Economic Development Executive Director James Gilbert

“We are thrilled that Chief Buildings has selected Lancaster County for their new facility! Chief Buildings’ investment in the I-77 region, after an extensive, multi-state site selection process, sends a clear message that this is an ideal location to do business, especially for small and midsized manufacturers. Welcome to South Carolina!” -SC I-77 Alliance President and CEO Steven Pearce

Families given less than 24 hours to vacate SC hotel that failed to pay taxes

LANCASTER, S.C. — Families who were living at a Lancaster hotel said they were given less than a day's notice to vacate the building.Families living at the Carriage Inn on North Main Street south of Highway 9 were reportedly told on Wednesday they would have to vacate ...

LANCASTER, S.C. — Families who were living at a Lancaster hotel said they were given less than a day's notice to vacate the building.

Families living at the Carriage Inn on North Main Street south of Highway 9 were reportedly told on Wednesday they would have to vacate the property by Thursday at 5 p.m.

Regina Zaremba said she and her fiancé said they felt like if they had a 48-hour notice, then maybe they could have scrambled to put something together. But that wasn't given.

"You know, I was just ripped out of my home," Zaremba, who said she has lived at the Carriage Inn with her fiancé for two months, said. "I lived there. That was what I called home."

WCNC Charlotte was not able to verify the exact number of families impacted, but witnesses say it could be as many as 20.

"I don't have enough money to do this," Zaremba admitted. "None of us do."

A copy of the eviction paperwork obtained by WCNC Charlotte shows the company operating the Carriage Inn, Indus Hospitality Group, received notice to vacate on Feb. 23 for failing to pay more than $10,000 in rent and property taxes.

Another man, who didn't want to be identified, said he has three children with him under the age of 10, and he doesn't have the resources to find another place to stay.

"No vacancy, or if you do find something, I can only pay for one day," he shared.

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He agreed with Zaremba that if he had more notice, he could have tried to find a new home for him and his children.

"Somebody has to speak up for people that don't believe they have a voice in the system," Tindall Yarborough, a concerned citizen who believes agencies are not doing enough to help the families impacted, said.

According to the families, one representative from the Lancaster Area Coalition for the Homeless (LACH) did come out to speak to the families on Wednesday, but Yarborough said that was not enough information or help.

"Each agency just says 'Call this one; call that one'," Yarborough explained. "It makes me very, very angry."

The United Way of Lancaster County, which is a member of LACH, said it will work with displaced families. However, the agency said its funding for emergency housing is limited, and it can’t use money set aside for other areas without prior approval.

“We have decided to prioritize how we’re going to assist the family if they need assistance," Holly Furr, the executive director of the United Way of Lancaster County, said. "It’ll be disabled, elderly, families with children, and then single individuals – and that’s just how we have to prioritize it.”

When WCNC Charlotte tried to contact Indus Hospitality LLC, their associated phone numbers were disconnected.

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Commentary: Nurses will lead the health care transformation in SC and beyond

Class of 2022 commencement ceremonies at the University of South Carolina are upon us. It is a fitting time to reflect on students’ hard work both inside and outside the classroom, as they have not only persevered to earn their degrees but also served our communities through a pandemic.As the USC College of Nursing celebrates our graduates this week, we also recognize that nursing has entered a new era.Registered nurses are crucial to our health care system, but we are in short supply — especially in South Carolina....

Class of 2022 commencement ceremonies at the University of South Carolina are upon us. It is a fitting time to reflect on students’ hard work both inside and outside the classroom, as they have not only persevered to earn their degrees but also served our communities through a pandemic.

As the USC College of Nursing celebrates our graduates this week, we also recognize that nursing has entered a new era.

Registered nurses are crucial to our health care system, but we are in short supply — especially in South Carolina. Among the reasons are an aging population, expansive roles for nurses and high turnover made worse by pandemic burnout.

South Carolina can expect a 24% nursing staff shortage over the next few years, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. According to the federal Bureau of Health Workforce, the state has the lowest nurse-to-population ratio in the United States — 7.89 nurses per 1,000 people, compared with a national average of 12.06.

In addition, the nature of nursing has changed. Twenty years ago, 75% to 80% of nurses worked in hospitals. Now, only about half do. Today, nurses work in community centers, primary care and home health settings and in telehealth and mobile care.

While South Carolina faces challenges, the College of Nursing is rising to meet them. Our curriculum has evolved to meet the changing nature of nursing. We are graduating students who are well-prepared to meet our state’s health care needs. And we are enrolling more students, helping to meet the state’s need for more nurses.

Learning from USC faculty recognized nationally and internationally for innovative research, our students become agile nurses who can thrive in a wide range of patient care settings. Our students are in the top 1% in the United States for their pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examinations for Registered Nurses. We have 100% board pass rates for family nurse practitioners and adult gerontological acute care nurse practitioners. The college has the nation’s best graduate nursing online program overall and also ranks No. 1 for veterans, according to the latest U.S. News & World Report. Since 2015, the college has increased prelicensure nursing student enrollment by 33%.

This academic year, we’re graduating 270 new nurses with bachelor’s degrees at our Columbia and Lancaster campuses. About 70% of them will stay in South Carolina, helping to meet the state’s needs and fulfill our mission is to provide skilled nurses for South Carolina.

The COVID-19 pandemic provided a tragic backdrop for a renewed focus on the essential role that nurses fill in our health care system. It’s a stressful job, and nurses are leaving the bedside in record numbers. As nursing educators, we must care for the caregivers. By working with partners like Prisma Health, Lexington Medical Center and MUSC Midlands, we’re taking steps to increase resiliency, positive coping mechanisms and mental wellness.

Nurses enter the profession because we are givers who want to help individuals optimize their health. We are dedicated to the public good. But we haven’t done a good job of taking care of ourselves. If we can change this, we can advocate for improved staffing models and compensation, address the burnout nurses experience, improve effective coping strategies to manage the stresses of the job and help retain more nurses in our crucial field.

There is much more work to do. The College of Nursing is working with our health partners and state government to set up new programs to attract and train nurses for transformative health care. We greatly appreciate the $20 million in funding pledged recently to South Carolina public colleges and schools of nursing by the governor’s office to help with the nursing shortage, which will go to faculty salaries across the state and to doctoral scholarships for those who want to become faculty.

Service is and should be at the heart of our state’s flagship university. Our nursing students and soon-to-be graduates exemplify this spirit of service. They are an essential part of solving the nursing shortage we face in South Carolina and elsewhere in the country.

Meeting future workforce needs requires strategic planning, partnerships and intentionality. There are vital initiatives going on at USC to address the future nursing workforce in South Carolina. With more than 11,000 alumni, our partners and our stellar faculty and staff, we will continue to lead the way in improving health outcomes and equity for all citizens of South Carolina.

The current and future generation of nurses will help us get there.

Jeannette O. Andrews, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN, is dean of the University of South Carolina College of Nursing.

FROMM Group expanding its U.S. Strapping Company, Inc. division in Lancaster County

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COLUMBIA, S.C. – U.S. Strapping Company, Inc., a division of FROMM Group, today announced plans to expand its operations in Lancaster County. The company’s $34.6 million investment will create 63 new jobs.

Established in 1947 and headquartered in Switzerland, FROMM Group is a market-leading manufacturer with years of experience in the development, sales and service of a wide range of packaging products for securing and protecting transport loads around the world.

Located at 234 Grace Avenue in Lancaster, the newly purchased building will be U.S. Strapping Company, Inc.’s second facility in the county and will allow the company to significantly increase its polyester (PET) strap manufacturing capacity. The state-of-the-art operation will also be a master distribution center for domestic and export sales.

The expansion is expected to be complete by March 2023. Individuals interested in joining the U.S. Strapping Company, Inc. team should email the company.

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“Lancaster, S.C. is an ideal location for us to further expand and invest in our operations in the USA. The expansion strategy will help us to meet our increasing customers’ demands now and in the future. We have received exceptional cooperation and support from the Lancaster County Department of Economic Development and the South Carolina Department of Commerce.” -FROMM Group, Switzerland Chief Executive Officer Matthias Schwarzenbach

“Over the past few years Lancaster County has seen rapid economic growth, and today’s announcement by FROMM Group and their U.S. Strapping Company, Inc. division will further that trend. We thank U.S. Strapping Company, Inc. for their commitment to Lancaster and South Carolina.” -Gov. Henry McMaster

“When an existing company in South Carolina grows, it proves we have the business environment and workforce for companies to find sustained success. Congratulations on today’s expansion announcement by FROMM Group and their U.S. Strapping Company, Inc. division in Lancaster County, and we look forward to working with them for many more years.” -Secretary of Commerce Harry M. Lightsey III

“It’s another golden day in Lancaster County with FROMM Group’s expansion of their Lancaster manufacturing operations. We couldn’t be more excited to see this project come to fruition and the business activity it will be bring to a strategically important industrial location. We are very pleased that FROMM Group recognized the outstanding business climate in Lancaster County and look forward to our continued partnership with this outstanding company.” -Lancaster County Department of Economic Development Executive Director James Gilbert

Lancaster County Schools under fiscal watch from SC education officials

LANCASTER, S.C. — The Lancaster County School District has been placed on a fiscal watch and given 60 days to outline corrections taken to fix financial issues that led to the state's monitoring of the situation.In a letter dated Feb. 28, State Superintendent Molly Spearman notified Lancaster County Superintendent Jonathan Phipps that the fiscal watch decl...

LANCASTER, S.C. — The Lancaster County School District has been placed on a fiscal watch and given 60 days to outline corrections taken to fix financial issues that led to the state's monitoring of the situation.

In a letter dated Feb. 28, State Superintendent Molly Spearman notified Lancaster County Superintendent Jonathan Phipps that the fiscal watch declaration was pending on Feb. 9.

According to the South Carolina Department of Education, a fiscal watch may be declared for any of the following conditions:

A fiscal watch is the lowest level of fiscal and budgetary concerns, according to the education department. There are two other levels of concern: Fiscal caution, and fiscal emergency, which is the highest level.

Spearman's letter says the district has 60 days from the date of the declaration to send a recovery plan outlining corrections taken to fix the issues that led to the state's fiscal watch declaration. Once the plan is received, state officials will submit a letter to the district stating whether the proposal is approved or denied. If denied, Lancaster County school officials will have to send an updated recovery plan to the state.

Details of the fiscal watch declaration haven't been released. Lancaster County Schools have an executive session scheduled for 9 a.m. on Thursday, March 10.

Under state rules, a district placed on fiscal watch has 10 days to appeal to the State Board of Education and the SBE must hold a hearing on the appeal within 30 days after the appeal is filed, or at the next regularly scheduled SBE meeting, whichever is later.

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