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
Safety and Transportation Director Bryan Vaughn says it only took less than 10 minutes for the student to start feeling the effects of what was on the bus.LANCASTER, S.C. (WBTV) - Over 40 students and a bus driver were exposed to an unknown substance on a school bus at Indian Land High School Wednesday.A 14-year-old student lost consciousness, and other students showed symptoms of exposure.According to authorities, the bus was near the bus office behind the stadium.EMS personnel treated patients at the scene after...
Safety and Transportation Director Bryan Vaughn says it only took less than 10 minutes for the student to start feeling the effects of what was on the bus.
LANCASTER, S.C. (WBTV) - Over 40 students and a bus driver were exposed to an unknown substance on a school bus at Indian Land High School Wednesday.
A 14-year-old student lost consciousness, and other students showed symptoms of exposure.
According to authorities, the bus was near the bus office behind the stadium.
EMS personnel treated patients at the scene after taking them off the bus. A family member took the bus driver to the hospital.
Everyone exposed is stable.
Parents were called and later picked up their kids. All parents were advised to look after their kids and seek medical attention if more symptoms come. Parents are calling this situation in Indian Land High School bus concerning.
”You just don’t know where it’s coming from. You don’t know if it’s something in the bus. You don’t know if it’s something with the student,” says one parent.
The worry comes from a student passing out from a substance the school district and sheriff’s office have not identified yet.
”It is pretty concerning. I have grandkids and I get concerned with them going to school,” says that parent.
The situation and substance are still under investigation but we asked the district a few questions to try to find out how this happened.
“I want to assure parents that we are treating this matter seriously and will conduct a thorough investigation to determine what caused this exposure,” said Sheriff Barry Faile.
Lancaster School District is working with the sheriff’s office to get to the bottom of the situation. Safety and Transportation Director Bryan Vaughn says it only took less than 10 minutes for the student to start feeling the effects of what was on the bus.
”Anytime we have a student that has a medical emergency and we have other people that have likewise symptoms it’s a concern,” he explains.
WBTV’s South Carolina. reporter Morgan Newell asked Vaughn if they believe someone could have gotten into the bus and put this substance on there intentionally. He says none of the information points to that.
”We feel like it was an isolated incident. We have cameras on the bus lot. We have fencing. So we have no reason to believe there was a security breach,” he says.
So now the district administrator waits as the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office works for answers.
”At this point we’re just gonna let the investigation play out,” he says.
Anyone with information about this case please call the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office at 803-283-3388.
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LANCASTER, S.C. (CN2 NEWS) – The Lancaster Sheriff’s Office says they are continuing to investigate the substance found on a school bus this past October that was believed to have made several students, the bus driver and an EMS worker sick.Deputies say the cause of the symptoms experienced by the students, bus driver and the EMS worker has not been determined at this timeReports last month said the students and the driver were released with no further incidents. (You can read that story here – ...
LANCASTER, S.C. (CN2 NEWS) – The Lancaster Sheriff’s Office says they are continuing to investigate the substance found on a school bus this past October that was believed to have made several students, the bus driver and an EMS worker sick.
Deputies say the cause of the symptoms experienced by the students, bus driver and the EMS worker has not been determined at this time
Reports last month said the students and the driver were released with no further incidents. (You can read that story here – October Unknown Substance Found)
Officials say investigators collected samples of a suspicious powdery substance found on the floor near the back of the bus and are waiting on testing results from SLED.
See below for full statement from Lancaster Sheriff’s Office:
Update November 9, 2022
The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office has not determined the cause of the symptoms experienced by students, the bus driver, and the EMS worker on the school bus at Indian Land High School on October 26. Investigators collected samples of a suspicious powdery substance found on the floor near the back of the bus and are waiting on testing results from the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED). Review of bus camera footage showed the substance on the bus much earlier in the day, but no symptoms were reported by anyone at that time. The sheriff’s office has no timeline on receipt of the testing results. SLED processes and tests evidence from over 300 law enforcement agencies statewide, and results are not usually received quickly. “We have no evidence one way or another that the samples collected were illegal drugs or any other noxious substance which caused the symptoms,” said Sheriff Barry Faile. “We are simply exploring all possibilities to include or exclude potential causes.”
The sheriff’s office has no evidence that carbon monoxide or any other emission from the bus itself caused the symptoms.
The sheriff’s office has also investigated whether anyone present during this incident possessed, used, or distributed illegal drugs on or near the bus or at any other location on the day of the report. “We have interviewed many people to determine whether illegal activity led to this incident,” said Sheriff Faile. “We have yet to establish any such connection. Our investigation is open, and we will continue to follow all information we have or receive until we get an answer or determine we will not be able to get the answer.”
(All defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in court.)
Anyone with information about this or any other case should call the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office at 803-283-3388 or contact Midlands Crimestoppers in one of the following ways: dial 888-CRIME-SC (888-274-6372), log onto www.midlandscrimestoppers.com and click on the “Submit a Tip” tab, or download the P3 Tips App for Apple or Android devices.
Even if Lancaster County officials didn’t accept or approve another request to build more homes or apartments, it would have about five years of coming residential growth to absorb. When will it be too much?The Lancaster County Council held a committee meeting earlier this month where county administrator Dennis Marstall outlined concerns he’s heard from council and community of late.“Is the growth that we have ov...
Even if Lancaster County officials didn’t accept or approve another request to build more homes or apartments, it would have about five years of coming residential growth to absorb. When will it be too much?
The Lancaster County Council held a committee meeting earlier this month where county administrator Dennis Marstall outlined concerns he’s heard from council and community of late.
“Is the growth that we have overburdening our infrastructure?” Marstall said. “Is the growth that we have too much, too fast, too soon? And some of the comments have been, yes, it’s already over-washed the panhandle area.”
From 2010 to 2020, Lancaster County grew by almost 20,000 residents. That growth rate is 25%. By mid-2021, Lancaster County topped the 100,000-resident mark, the U.S. Census Bureau estimates. The county had more than 4,300 new residents in mid-2021 — up 4% — than the 2020 Census.
Rox Burhans, development services director for the county, said there are more than 5,500 homes and townhomes that are permitted in Lancaster County but haven’t been built. For comparison, last year the county permitted about 1,250 new homes for construction.
“It’s almost five years worth of growth,” Burhans said.
Multifamily units, largely apartments, also have a pipeline. More than 2,700 units are permitted but not yet built.
Combined, more than 8,000 new homes, townhomes and apartments can be built without any further say-so by county council.
“They have legal rights to built based on decisions that the county has made in issuing them approvals,” Burhans said.
That has county officials asking what they can do to lessen growth pressures.
“What we’re facing right now is significant,” Marstall said. “What’s been approved and what’s in the hopper, and what’s still to come.”
Projects on the agenda for the county planning commission just this month, combined, have more than 1,700 new homes. Other projects are a little further in the future. Burhans pointed to a plan for 1,100 homes just south of Van Wyck and more than 1,000 lots at Nisbet. Plus there’s about 200 lots at Possum Hollow and Old Bailes roads.
Last month, the council approved two new apartment projects for about 600 combined units. New home construction continues at Sugar Creek, Patterson Preserve, Wilson Creek and Roselyn.
The county and the Indian Land panhandle in particular continue to face growth pressure from recently built residences along with planned ones. When Burhans arrived fewer than four years ago, there were two apartment communities in the panhandle with one just starting to rent.
What’s been built since Burhans arrived and what’s approved but not yet built, comes out to about 5,100 apartment units.
“Most of this multifamily that’s been built has been built really in the past three to five years,” Burhans said.
Burhans also looked at undeveloped sites in the area that would allow for cluster subdivisions, a land use that’s contributed to large neighborhoods on the panhandle. Sites have to be 30 acres or more, and Burhans found 31 eligible land parcels across a total 1,700 acres. Combining properties could make close to 40 sites eligible for cluster subdivisions.
Lancaster, like other area counties, has a development ordinance. In conjunction with zoning rules, it outlines which developments can go where and what builders are required to include. A development ordinance can encourage or discourage types of growth based on what it allows or prohibits.
The county intends to rewrite its development ordinance, but that process will take almost two years. Marstall said requirements on building setbacks, lot sizes, architectural features and rules specific to homes or apartments could impact growth trends.
The county could repeal an ordinance that allows a mixed-use zoning district officials say is an easy tool for developers who want to build apartments. That move would eliminate rezonings to that mixed-use zoning district, one designed to combine residential and commercial development, but wouldn’t impact ones already zoned that way.
Council members also say a lack of communication between the county, municipalities like Lancaster and the county school district on growth issues needs to be addressed. Marstall intends to revisit the conversation at a Nov. 4 intergovernmental luncheon that includes those stakeholders.
County Council member Charlene McGriff sees the numbers from proposed new developments, often 100 or so at a time. But McGriff said she was surprised by the total number of new residences already approved.
“Every time we make a decision it’s going to affect the schools, it’s going to affect traffic, it’s going to affect our budget and everything,” McGriff said.
Indian Land is busting at the seams with growth McGriff expects to move south.
“Ten years ago, 12 years ago, we made a terrible mistake,” McGriff said. “At this point, how can we stop the growth?”
Councilman Larry Honeycutt, who soon will rotate off council and won’t seek re-election, brought up one possibility.
“Moratorium is a dirty word,” Honeycutt said. “We know that. You see it. You read it in the paper. You hear it.”
But something has to happen, Honeycutt said.
“We’re in a position now that if we don’t do something, we’re going to create a complete monster north of Hwy. 5,” Honeycutt said. “We’re already heading toward that right now. But if we continue to approve all these different developments, it’s going to be a mad house.”
Part of the issue in Lancaster County is growth that wasn’t what council members envisioned within current rules. Councilman Terry Graham, who represents part of the panhandle, said cluster subdivisions were intended to blend into the natural surroundings but have become a way for developers to get more lots on a property.
“They’re not supposed to be a big blob of houses,” Graham said.
Councilman Brian Carnes, who also represents Indian Land, said the mixed-used zoning that allows for so many apartments was intended to get more commercial growth alongside it, that hasn’t always happened. Chairman Steve Harper said there is nuance to growth numbers, like the idea of apartment impacts on the school system. Many new units, like half those at Roselyn, wouldn’t add students.
“We do have a lot of age-restricted stuff coming in,” Harper said.
Councilman Billy Mosteller looks at growth impacts based on how long they would take to fix. The county could fund or assign more sheriff’s office cars or ambulances to the panhandle with relative speed.
“Roads and schools is years and years down the road,” Mosteller said. “Years and years. And we can’t recover on those two things.”
The exact steps the county will take, if any, to stop growth aren’t yet clear. The consensus was, that council members want staff to find ways to slow residential growth that isn’t already approved.
“We need to tap the break, maybe slam on the break, a little bit,” Carnes said.
This story was originally published October 28, 2022 6:00 AM.
The unique features are built to help students improve their joint mobility, overall range of motion and core strength.LANCASTER, S.C. — The Lancaster Breakfast Rotary Club has launched the program 'Pedals Possible' to provide about a dozen bikes just like this for the Lancaster County School District."To take this opportunity to give this population of st...
The unique features are built to help students improve their joint mobility, overall range of motion and core strength.
"To take this opportunity to give this population of students—special needs students--the opportunity to focus on their ability rather than their disability," Lancaster Rotary Club President Chad Catledge told WCNC Charlotte.
The unique features are built to help students improve their joint mobility, overall range of motion and core strength.
"This one has the grips on it. they can hold it here, here, or here it just gives them a better range of motion when they’re turning," Anita McDow, a special education teacher, said. "The biggest thing is slipping off the pedals and they don’t have that with it strapped on.”
Through a partnership with MUSC Health University Medical Center in Charleston, researchers hope to compile data reviewing the benefits of the bikes.
"Our goal is to make them as independent as possible and as strong as possible so this allows us to do that in ways that they wouldn’t have previously,” Physical Therapist Nikki Wad said.
We’re told an adaptive bike like this can cost anywhere from one thousand to four thousand dollars. But thanks to local fundraising from individuals and businesses the goal is to get more bikes to even more schools.
"We’d really like to see this program be pushed across every school district. There are more than 16,000 school districts in the United States and Lancaster will be the first and we’re excited about that," Catledge said.
Pedaling toward bigger possibilities. You can donate bicycles to the 'Pedals Possible' program by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Individual leaders, employees and others sponsoring matching gifts to double the impact of specific fundsCHARLESTON, S.C. (Nov. 22, 2022) – For the seventh consecutive year, the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) will participate in Giving Tuesday, a global day of giving held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. For 24 hours on Tuesday, Nov. 29, MUSC alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends will fundraise for MUSC, the state’s only comprehensive academic health system....
Individual leaders, employees and others sponsoring matching gifts to double the impact of specific funds
CHARLESTON, S.C. (Nov. 22, 2022) – For the seventh consecutive year, the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) will participate in Giving Tuesday, a global day of giving held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. For 24 hours on Tuesday, Nov. 29, MUSC alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends will fundraise for MUSC, the state’s only comprehensive academic health system.
State funding makes up less than 4 percent of MUSC’s total operating budget, making private support critical to advancing MUSC’s mission to preserve and optimize human life in South Carolina through education, research and patient care.
Gifts may be designated to support technology and equipment needs or outreach efforts at any MUSC Health location, student scholarships and faculty support at MUSC’s six colleges, or to advance research and innovation statewide. New funds have been set up for the MUSC Health Florence, Lancaster and Midlands divisions. Donations to these divisions will stay local and benefit the communities they serve.
MUSC alumni, faculty members, board members and donors have generously contributed nearly $65,000 in matching support to help make Giving Tuesday 2022 a success. Because of their generosity, online donations to the following areas will be doubled ($5=$10, $25=$50, etc.) on Nov. 29 while funds last:
Online donations to qualifying fundraisers will also be matched Nov. 29 while funds last. Visit giving.musc.edu/Tuesday to donate or start a fundraiser for MUSC. All donations go to the MUSC Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that has supported MUSC in its lifesaving mission since 1966.
Last year, donors gave a record $1.8 million to 83 funds and programs at MUSC during Giving Tuesday. These gifts, which ranged from $5 to $500,000, increased access to health care, advanced research and innovation, supported deserving MUSC students with scholarships, and provided funds to help MUSC meet its most important emerging needs.
Visit giving.musc.edu/Tuesday to get up-to-the-minute updates on MUSC’s Giving Tuesday 2022 progress. Follow @MUSCFoundation and post with #MUSCGivingDay to join the conversation on social media.
Founded in 1824 in Charleston, MUSC is the state’s only comprehensive academic health system, with a unique mission to preserve and optimize human life in South Carolina through education, research and patient care. Each year, MUSC educates more than 3,000 students in six colleges – Dental Medicine, Graduate Studies, Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy – and trains more than 850 residents and fellows in its health system. MUSC brought in more than $297.8 million in research funds in fiscal year 2022, leading the state overall in research funding. For information on academic programs, visit musc.edu.
As the health care system of the Medical University of South Carolina, MUSC Health is dedicated to delivering the highest quality and safest patient care while educating and training generations of outstanding health care providers and leaders to serve the people of South Carolina and beyond. Patient care is provided at 14 hospitals with approximately 2,500 beds and five additional hospital locations in development; more than 350 telehealth sites, with connectivity to patients’ homes; and nearly 750 care locations situated in all regions of South Carolina. In 2022, for the eighth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report named MUSC Health the No. 1 hospital in South Carolina. To learn more about clinical patient services, visit muschealth.org.
MUSC and its affiliates have collective annual budgets totaling $5.1 billion. The nearly 25,000 MUSC team members include world-class faculty, physicians, specialty providers, scientists, students, affiliates and care team members who deliver and support groundbreaking education, research, and patient care.