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:
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.
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:
Choosing the appropriate-sied venue for your desired guest count is a critical decision. A venue's capacity affects the number of people you need to consider having at your ceremony and reception. As you're first starting out, we recommend having a guest count in mind as you're searching for the right venue. Try to stick with that number. You may fall in love with a particular venue, but if its max capacity can't accommodate your guest count, it may be time to cross them off your list.
Keep in mind that this is your big day. You shouldn't feel obligated to invite the college roommate you shared a dorm with for one semester. At the end of the day, your wedding venue should be one that can accommodate those closest to you. Abney Hall is equipped for both small and large weddings, consisting of 500 acres of forest, ponds, and lush natural beauty. Whether you want an intimate wedding with only your best friends or a grand ceremony with hundreds of people, we have the right amount of room to make you comfortable.
On your big day, you're likely to have friends and family traveling in from other parts of the state or country. These folks will need a place to stay during and even after your wedding. Accessibility and ease are important factors when it comes to choosing your wedding venue for both you and your guests.
Located in 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.
When you contact us for a tour, make sure to speak with our experienced venue manager about nearby hotels and shuttle service options. We understand that your guest's comfort and convenience are important, and we're happy to work with you to figure out the best way to get your guests to Abney Hall.
At Abney Hall, our staff has earned its reputation as one of the industry's most friendly, accessible teams. We will provide you with a purpose-minded point of contact that can help answer questions relating to timelines, preferred vendors, and every aspect of your wedding. When you tour our wedding venue in 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.
At Abney Hall, our goal is to be your first resource when it comes to setting up and coordinating the details of your wedding day.
When it comes to your wedding's decor, you probably already have a few ideas in mind. We love it when our brides and grooms have a vision in mind because one of our greatest joys is turning that vision into a reality. At Abney Hall, our team is available to help you and your decorator fit, accent, and accommodate your fairy-tale wedding - whatever that may be.
Are you looking to dress up your wedding with decorations galore? Just want to add a few accents that tie into your preferred color palette? Abney Hall is versatile and ready to help however we are able.
If you're thinking about bringing in your own greenery, lighting, floral pieces, and more, we recommend discussing your vision with us on your initial tour of our event space. That way, we can get a head start on making your big day exactly how you envision it.
10 years from now, when you and your spouse are celebrating your anniversary, you will pull out photographs from your wedding and will reminisce about the unforgettable time you spent at Abney Hall. Your wedding photos will be with you forever, and as such, we work closely with you and your photographer to suggest extra-special photo op spots that you can only find on Abney Hall grounds.
From the grand staircase and French-inspired courtyard to our manicured gardens and lovely pond, there is no shortage of photo-op locations for your photographer to choose from. As one of the most popular wedding venues in 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.
The gallery on our website is extensive but be sure to check out our Facebook and Instagram pages as well. We keep our social pages updated with recent wedding photographs, giving you an incredible resource that you can use for your own photography purposes.
Abney Hall is known across the United States for our stunning weddings, but we also play host to some of the largest corporate events in South Carolina. Why choose a bland, lifeless meeting space when you can enjoy the beauty of Mother Nature coupled with a professional atmosphere? If you have an important team-building event or corporate conference that you have to coordinate, look no further than Abney Hall.
The epitome of class and style, our corporate event space is large, lavish, and chock-full of onsite amenities for you and your co-workers to enjoy. If your team needs a morale boost, don't bring them to the local Olive Garden for a cheap lunch. Treat them to a refreshing experience in our main dining room, where we can work with you to incorporate your catering options with the goals of your event.
When the hard work is done, and your team needs a breather, what better way to relax than with a quick dip in our pool? To burn off a little steam, head over to our brand-new tennis court - the perfect place to get some exercise in an ultra-private setting while you enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. Don't forget to bring your fishing poles for a couple of hours of fishing. There's even an opportunity to go hunting if you wish.
If you're ready to learn more about Abney Hall as your wedding venue, don't hesitate to reach out. We would love to hear more about your plans, your vision, and your needs. We know that planning a wedding isn't easy. It takes time, attention to detail, and a whole lot of patience. Our goal is to help provide you with all the info you need to learn more about our venue. Once you decide on a date, we'll work closely with you and your vendors to craft a wedding experience that you will treasure for the rest of your life.
Our available dates for your big day are going quick, especially during peak seasons like spring and fall. We look forward to hearing from you soon!Contact us today for a FREE initial consultation
LANCASTER, S.C. — A local school district is taking drastic steps to keep kids from vaping in school.A spokesperson with the Lancaster County School District says leaders are catching kids smoking e-cigarettes inside schools about 10 to 12 times every week. So the district plans to invest thousands of dollars in new technology and cameras to catch students vaping in the act.Tunisia Milner has been a substitute teacher in several districts, and she’s seen first-hand just how popular vaping has become.“No...
LANCASTER, S.C. — A local school district is taking drastic steps to keep kids from vaping in school.
A spokesperson with the Lancaster County School District says leaders are catching kids smoking e-cigarettes inside schools about 10 to 12 times every week. So the district plans to invest thousands of dollars in new technology and cameras to catch students vaping in the act.
Tunisia Milner has been a substitute teacher in several districts, and she’s seen first-hand just how popular vaping has become.
“Now it’s turned into a fad where it’s cool,” Milner said. “I had two students who were vaping in the classroom -- trying to do it, sneaking to do it -- but of course, I saw the smoke.”
Officials in Lancaster County say it’s happening inside high school bathrooms so often that even parents are complaining, and they say some kids are even using the devices to smoke illegal drugs like marijuana.
“We had a case in the last week where we caught four individuals in a stall, and they were all smoking a vape,” said Bryan Vaughn with the Lancaster County School District.
LCSD is now turning to a company called Zeptive for help. They make vaping detectors that leaders will place in high school classrooms. The detectors cost about $1,100 each, and they can be set up wirelessly in minutes, according to Zeptive.
Cameras are also being installed outside of restrooms to help leaders find who’s vaping.
“We’re going to be able to cross-reference and find out who’s in that building for investigative purposes,” Vaughn said.
For some parents, the detectors are helping put their minds at ease.
“It’s comforting for parents to know they can do something about it when they’re not in their own house,” said Gina Drummer.
Though others like Milner say the cameras may be an intrusion. Milner says more education may be the better solution.
“I think if they are educated about what vaping does to their body, then they would reconsider for sure,” Milner said.
District leaders told Channel 9 they’ll also look into creating tougher penalties for students caught vaping.
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LANCASTER, S.C. (WBTV) - Two people were arrested following a drug trafficking investigation in Lancaster County, deputies said.According to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office, several law enforcement agencies executed a search warrant at a home on Tirzah Church Road on Thursday morning, after previously conducting an undercover investigation.Once at the property, agents located illegal drugs, digital scales and firearms inside the home....
LANCASTER, S.C. (WBTV) - Two people were arrested following a drug trafficking investigation in Lancaster County, deputies said.
According to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office, several law enforcement agencies executed a search warrant at a home on Tirzah Church Road on Thursday morning, after previously conducting an undercover investigation.
Once at the property, agents located illegal drugs, digital scales and firearms inside the home.
The drugs included two bags believed to be fentanyl, which contained 1,821 pills and weighed 192 grams. Another bag containing a small amount of powder, which was also suspected to be fentanyl, and more than 1,300 grams of marijuana were also found.
Agents also found 14 long guns, seven handguns, firearm magazines and assorted ammunition.
Deputies arrested 29-year-old Tyler Wayne Rhodes and 28-year-old Elizabeth Carolina Delaney McDonald in connection with the case.
According to the Lancaster County School District, McDonald has been a teacher at Indian Land High School since 2020. She has been placed on paid administrative leave.
Bryan Vaughn with Lancaster County Schools says they will take the findings from law enforcement and start investigations at the district and state levels.
“The superintendent will make a recommendation about employment status,” Vaughn said. “The state board could take all the documents and do an emergency revocation.”
Vaughn says all teachers are fingerprinted and background checked before they’re hired, but they are not all drug tested.
“If we had specific knowledge that amounted to a reasonable suspicion at that point we could in our policy have someone tested, but there’s not just a standard pre-employment drug screen,” he said.
He says they’re hopeful that anyone with information about this situation will come forward.
According to the sheriff’s office, Rhodes and McDonald are charged with trafficking and possession with intent to distribute the drugs, along with charges for possession of firearms during commission of the drug trafficking offenses.
Both were denied bond by a judge on Friday.
“Several controlled purchases of drugs were made which gave us probable cause to search this property,” Sheriff Barry Faile said. “We found upwards of 2,000 pills we believe to be Fentanyl and almost three pounds of Marijuana. This represents a substantial seizure of narcotics which we are happy will not be used or distributed in our county or anywhere else.”
Two men were also at the home during the execution of the warrant, but were not arrested or charged.
Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to call the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office at 803-283-3388 or contact Midlands Crimestoppers.
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Despite home prices starting to stabilize, becoming a homeowner remains largely out of reach for many Americans. According to The Cato Institute’s 2022 Housing Affordability National Survey, 87% of Americans are concerned about the cost of housing. In the same survey, 55% of homeowners say they couldn’t afford to purchase their own home today based on current prices, and 69% worry that their children or grandchildren won’t be able to afford a home in the future.
Multiple factors have contributed to the difficulty of owning a home. According to the National Association of Realtors, decades of underinvestment in residential construction has created a national shortage of at least 5.5 million homes. But more recently, increased demand combined with record low mortgage rates during the COVID-19 pandemic caused a surge in home-buying, further reducing the inventory of available homes on the market. In fact, the number of active listings in the U.S. dropped by more than 60% between February 2020 and February 2022, falling from over 900,000 listings down to under 350,000. Additionally, the cost of construction materials has skyrocketed since the pandemic began in 2020, primarily due to material shortages and widespread inflation.
After a tumultuous rise in home prices during the COVID-19 pandemic, today’s housing market has finally started showing signs of cooling off. From February 2020 to April 2022, the median home sale price increased from $304,000 to a peak of $410,000. That means in just over two years, the median home sale price increased nearly 35%. For perspective, it took nearly five years prior to that point to see a similar percentage gain in median home sale prices.
This rapid rise is reversing, just much more slowly: from April 2022 to December 2022, the median home sale price stayed relatively flat, declining from $410,000 to $405,000. While a deceleration in home sale price growth is certainly relieving to those looking to buy, home prices are still roughly 33% more expensive than they were pre-pandemic. And unless home listings experience an extreme price correction, climbing interest rates may continue to keep home prices out of reach for many. As of February 2023, the federal funds effective rate was 4.58%, the highest it’s been since prior to the Great Recession.
Further, despite a federal government initiative aimed at increasing the number of homes available, there’s been a reduction in residential construction spending over the last few months that’s poised to make the problem of limited housing inventory even worse. The seasonally-adjusted annual rate of residential construction spending increased by $641 billion from April 2012 to May 2022, after adjusting for inflation and seasonality, but that number is currently trending down. Between May 2022 and November 2022, annual spending decreased by $97 billion, which means less money is currently being allocated towards new housing inventory.
While less money is being funneled into building new homes nationwide, some states and cities are able to do more with less, constructing more affordable housing units compared to others. At the state level, Delaware has the lowest average construction cost per new residential unit authorized, with an average value of $142,259. New Jersey and Nebraska are not far behind, with average values of $162,573 and $167,257 per unit, respectively. These figures are an estimation of the physical structure value and do not include the land value.
These construction costs are particularly in focus now with home prices at record highs and residential construction spending waning. Demand for single-family homes surged during COVID, and homebuilders began prioritizing building those homes over multi-family units. Today, however, some areas are focusing on multi-family housing, which typically has lower construction costs per unit and can help to alleviate housing inventory issues.
The data used in this analysis is from the U.S. Census Bureau and Zillow. Researchers at Construction Coverage ranked locations by average construction value per new housing unit authorized in 2022. In the event of a tie, the location with the higher total new housing units authorized in 2022 was ranked higher.
Here is a summary of the data for Pennsylvania:
For reference, here are the statistics for the entire United States:
For more information, a detailed methodology, and complete results, you can find the original report on Construction Coverage’s website: https://constructioncoverage.com/research/cities-investing-in-more-affordable-housing-2023
If Lancaster County plans to build a new regional sports complex, leaders want it done right.Lancaster County Council heard updated plans recebtkt for the 82-acre park planned within the Roselyn development. A park that could cost almost $73 million.Project director Andrew Pack with the Woolpert refined the project Monday night from a similar presentation last fall. Further details are still needed. Dennis Marstall, county administrator, said groundbreaking could come in spring 2024 with an opening in summer 2025 at the earlies...
If Lancaster County plans to build a new regional sports complex, leaders want it done right.
Lancaster County Council heard updated plans recebtkt for the 82-acre park planned within the Roselyn development. A park that could cost almost $73 million.
Project director Andrew Pack with the Woolpert refined the project Monday night from a similar presentation last fall. Further details are still needed. Dennis Marstall, county administrator, said groundbreaking could come in spring 2024 with an opening in summer 2025 at the earliest.
Pack proposed a $34 million first phase to include a baseball or softball complex, multiuse fields, trails, passive recreation areas and property expansion. The park is just off U.S. 521 to its west, east of Landsford Canal State Park.
A second phase would add a 50,000-square-foot recreation center for almost $39 million. Or, for the same price, that project could be split into a 25,000-square-foot recreation center and future expansion to double it for the same 50,000 square feet.
Marstall said splitting the recreation center could mean a few more years before the entire project is complete.
The county still needs to work out what programs the new park will offer to make final decisions on what will go there. There is a $750,000 agreement in place with USC Lancaster baseball to host home games on one of the park’s new fields.
The vision for the new park includes trails that could be used for cross country. Gyms for basketball, volleyball and pickleball, including tournament events. Tournament baseball or soccer, plus disc golf if the county acquires an adjoining 20 acres. A splash pad is planned, too.
Marstall said there are funding streams like hospitality tax to help with the park. A separate discussion of a new detention center and court facilities at about $90 million — a more detailed update is expected next month — also factors into county finances. The detention center could use capital sales tax, among other sources. The projects likely would require a 20-year bond, Marstall said, to pay for some portion of them.
“We have sufficient revenue streams,” Marstall said.
Even with the large price tag, council members on Monday said they aren’t looking to cut back on the park. Chairman Steve Harper said the park isn’t for him, but for the growing number of pickleball players and team sports athletes and community members who want something special.
“I just want to make sure that we do something a little different than everybody else, or a little bit better,” Harper said. “This needs to be the showcase for Lancaster County.”
Councilman Billy Mosteller pointed to a Hartsville trip leaders took to view a splash pad. Mosteller doesn’t want a small, afterthought splash pad at the Lancaster County park. Mosteller wants a significant attraction.
“They’re shipping bus loads to Hartsville to go to this thing,” Mosteller said. “I want them to go to Lancaster.”
With the gym space option, whether to build a larger facility at one time or split it and delay half, Councilwoman Charlene McGriff said the county needs to go with whatever best serves the recreation needs of a growing community.
“If we’re going to do it, this is the time we do it right,” McGriff said. “We will not have another chance.”
College newsArea students were among those who earned dean’s list honors for the fall 2022 semester at Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York. They are listed with their hometowns. Bainbridge — Luke Brumm. Columbia — Bill Lowe. Denver — Zachary Hooper, Hannah Hostetler. Elizabethtown — Garrit Witters. Ephrata — Kyle Emmerling. Holtwood — Sophie Groff. Honey Brook — ...
Area students were among those who earned dean’s list honors for the fall 2022 semester at Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York. They are listed with their hometowns. Bainbridge — Luke Brumm. Columbia — Bill Lowe. Denver — Zachary Hooper, Hannah Hostetler. Elizabethtown — Garrit Witters. Ephrata — Kyle Emmerling. Holtwood — Sophie Groff. Honey Brook — Leo Makalsky. Lancaster — Ryan Armitage, Zelig Goodman-Hoffman, Anderson Grubb, Ethan Logue, Celina Nazario, Jay Nazario, Dara Prak, Alex Rosenberg. Lititz — Jack Mull. Manheim — Chase Balmer. Marietta — Michael Maag. Morgantown — Mia Basilio. Mount Joy — Sophie Buckwalter, Owen Heistand. Paradise — Trishelle Hoopes. Reinholds — Brian Kiss. Strasburg — Jose Estevez.
Christopher Martin, of Lancaster, earned dean’s list honors for the fall 2022 semester at John Carroll University, University Heights, Ohio.
Area students were among those named to the honors lists for the fall 2022 semester at College of Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina. Earning president’s list honors was Anna Bert, of Elizabethtown, who is majoring in biology. Earning dean’s list honors was Gia Hetrick, of Lancaster, who is majoring in elementary education.
Katelyn Yoder, of Manheim, earned dean’s list honors for the fall 2022 semester at Bridgewater College, Bridgewater, Virginia.
Area student-athletes at Lebanon Valley College were among those who earned the Middle Atlantic Conference’s Fall Academic Honor Roll. They are listed with their hometowns and teams. Columbia — Adam Acker, football team. Elizabethtown — Brooke Eberhard, women’s cross country team; Caleb Gaumer, football team; Sierra Kapcsos, women’s cross country team, Rebecca Lane, field hockey team. Ephrata — Arturo Ramirez Guzman, football team. Lancaster — Ethan Groff, men’s soccer team; Emma Houck, women’s soccer team; Cole Lehman, men’s cross country team; Anderson Velozwong, men’s soccer team; Lauren Weaver, women’s soccer team. Lititz — Hunter Deibler, football team; Ryan Fink, football team; Madeline Reider, field hockey team; Kyra Rishell, women’s soccer team. Rishell achieved a perfect 4.0 GPA. Manheim — Madison Carper, women’s soccer team; Tyler Hartl, football team; Zachary Reed, men’s soccer team, Tylee Stauffer, women’s soccer team. Millersville — Aidan Smith, men’s soccer team. Mount Joy — Sarah Leidich, field hockey team, Leidich achieved a perfect 4.0 GPA; Samuel Rothstein, men’s cross country team; Tyler Snavely, men’s soccer team. Narvon — Alexander Diedrich, football team; Alyssa Yoder, women’s soccer team. New Holland — Amelia Mercado, field hockey team. Strasburg — Joseph Underwood, football team.
Liam Hanley, of Bainbridge, earned dean’s list honors for the fall 2022 semester at Bemidji State University, Bemidji, Minnesota.
Area students were among those who earned dean’s list honors for the fall 2022 semester at the University of Maine. They are listed with their hometowns. Elizabethtown — Caeli Connolly. Lancaster — Peyton Sheaffer, Ian Thompson. Lincoln University — Alyssa Arscott. Lititz — Colin Fitzgerald. Oxford — C.J. Evans-Ralston.
Emily McAlpine, of Landisville, earned dean’s list honors for the fall 2022 semester at Emerson College, Boston, Massachusetts.
Area students were among those named to the honors lists for the fall 2022 semester at Coastal Carolina University, Conway, South Carolina. Earning president’s list honors with a 4.0 GPA were Madison Conway, of Elizabethtown; Kylie Kroesen, of Manheim; and Laken Smith, of Ronks. Students earning dean’s list honors are listed with their hometowns. Brownstown — Gavin Fisher. Lancaster — Camryn Byler, Nicholas Del Grande, Cailin Forsyth, Kylie Forsyth, Sydney Haiges, Isaiah Jones, Emily Thompson, Isabella Wade, Mason Zander. Lititz — Nolan Woodruff, Colin Yablonski. Mohnton — Peter Ocasio, Kyle Stocum.
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