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 Laurens, 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 Laurens, 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 Laurens 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 Laurens'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 Laurens.
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 Laurens, 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 Laurens, 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 Laurens, 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 Laurens, 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
Laurens, South Carolina – With the planned opening this winter of a Big Air USA Trampoline Park venue, Laurens County will have new options for family fun without having to leave the county. Jake Cooper, owner of RiversideGarages on West Main and North Harper streets in Laurens, has just signed off on a Big Air USA franchise and rental agreement and soon hopes to begin preparing the former BI-LO store into a combo trampoline park, bowling alley and indoor walking trail. “I’m expecting to see the plans this w...
Laurens, South Carolina – With the planned opening this winter of a Big Air USA Trampoline Park venue, Laurens County will have new options for family fun without having to leave the county. Jake Cooper, owner of Riverside
Garages on West Main and North Harper streets in Laurens, has just signed off on a Big Air USA franchise and rental agreement and soon hopes to begin preparing the former BI-LO store into a combo trampoline park, bowling alley and indoor walking trail. “I’m expecting to see the plans this week and at that point I will get them to the City of Laurens and hopefully start pulling permits to begin demo and renovations,” Cooper said, adding he’d like to be open before Christmas. The businessman began looking into family entertainment options a couple of years ago, several years after he and his family moved to Laurens from Simpsonville. He wanted something which would enrich the city and county he now calls “home.” Just like other families who live along Highway 76 west of Laurens, Cooper had hoped to see a grocery store move back into the former BI-LO. When that didn’t happen after almost three years, Cooper asked the agents handling the store lease to reach out to Piggly Wiggly and all of the other grocery stores which had made inquiries. He didn’t want to prevent a store from coming there, and if the vacant building was considered too large, Cooper suggested sharing the space. None planned a move, however, so after gathering more information, Cooper sought out the franchise and he’s rented the building for Big Air USA Trampoline Park.
The space is almost 40,000 square feet, so in addition to Big Air Trampoline, Cooper is planning to install a small bowling alley, a walking track inside the perimeter and a small restaurant.
“I’ve talked to church youth pastors who said they’re always taking their youth groups out of town, so they were excited to have an option here,” Cooper said. Cooper began seeking a family-friendly entertainment business which could enhance Laurens County without competing with opportunities already here. Big Air USA is based in California, but already has four locations in South Carolina.
“It’s a unique franchise,” Cooper said. “What drew me to them is because Big Air is family owned and it has some unique attractions. There are specifics to the park for each age group, so children six and under play in a dedicated space for the smaller kids so it’s safer.” “We got very involved in Laurens as soon as we moved here,” Cooper said. “I live and work and worship in Laurens and this city has taken care of our family. I feel the need to give back. We looked around for a location and I liked the idea of it being close to where I work and live.” Cooper expects the Big Air designers to have plans to him this week. He’ll be passing them on to City of Laurens Community Development Coordinator Madison Workman and City Administrator Eric Delgado. “He’s already talked to us and the property is already zoned for general commercial so he wouldn’t have to go before the planning commission,” Workman said. “As long as everything’s done correctly, he can begin pulling permits and getting to work.”
Upstate families in need of diapers and and baby wipes can get help thanks to a community project in Laurens County Infinite Scroll Enabled GET LOCAL BREAKING NEWS ALERTSThe latest breaking updates, delivered straight to your email inbox.Your Email AddressPrivacy Notice LAURENS COUNTY, S.C. —Upstate families in need of diapers and baby wipes can get help thanks to...
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Upstate families in need of diapers and baby wipes can get help thanks to a community project in Laurens County.
A diaper drive-thru will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 8, at Wattsville Drug at 24 Sirrine St. in Laurens.
You can drive through from 4-6 p.m.
Organizers ask that you bring an ID for yourself and an appropriate ID for the child, as well.
Drive-thru distribution will be limited to one pack of diapers and wipes per child, with a maximum of two children per household.
Westminster Presbyterian Church in Clinton started the initiative about a year ago.
Since then, the diaper drive-thru has served more than 130 families.
"We know there is a greater need even than that," Chad Reynolds, Senior Pastor at Westminster Presbyterian Church, said. "So, it’s really just about us getting the word out that 'hey, we're here, we’re giving these away. We’d love to help you if you have that need.'”
Reynolds says he hopes to expand the initiative even more, especially as more and more families feel the pinch of rising prices.
"It seems like, from what I've been told at least anecdotally, that those prices have gone up in recent months and years, and that’s obviously going to strain any and all families," Reynolds said. "But I imagine especially those at certain margins within our communities, and whatnot, that are trying to stretch their dollars already. And when you see inflation in these key areas, that’s going to hurt all the more.”
A diaper drive-thru is held each month, alteration between locations in Clinton and Laurens.
This month, Carolina Pregnancy Center will also be onsite to offer services like free pregnancy tests and ultrasounds.
If you’d like to donate wipes or diapers, you can drop them off at Sadler Hughes Apothecary at 102 Jacobs Highway in Clinton, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices C. Dan Joyner Realtors at 202 W. Main St. Suite B in Clinton, and Courthouse Coffee at 124 E Public Square in Laurens.
LAURENS COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – A 47-year-old man is missing out of Laurens County. His family said they haven’t seen him since early February.The family of Charles, or Charlie, Griffin is going to great lengths to try and find him. They have posted flyer after flyer, hoping anyone has information.“I just want to know that he’s okay,” said Griffin’s daughter, Brittney Nabors.Griffin’s family said he was last seen on February 3. The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office said he went...
LAURENS COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – A 47-year-old man is missing out of Laurens County. His family said they haven’t seen him since early February.
The family of Charles, or Charlie, Griffin is going to great lengths to try and find him. They have posted flyer after flyer, hoping anyone has information.
“I just want to know that he’s okay,” said Griffin’s daughter, Brittney Nabors.
Griffin’s family said he was last seen on February 3. The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office said he went missing from Clinton city. His family said he was last seen outside of the El Cheapo gas station.
“My brother is very loved, and he is missed. For him to be missing this long without any kind of contact, is not like him,” said Wendy Gaskins.
His sister, Wendy Gaskins, said her brother was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, 20 years ago.
“We, as a family, feel the facilities have failed him, as well as us, by not providing Charlie with the proper tools he needs to deal with his disease,” said Gaskins.
The family said they have filed multiple reports with law enforcement.
They called in the Broken Link Foundation, a non-profit that helps with missing persons, to help search.
They covered a lot of ground, Griffin’s last known location, and the route he would walk every day.
“People do not vanish into thin air.” said his sister.
“But for somebody who has been by his side, I love my daddy, no matter what,” said Nabors.
Gaskins said there hasn’t been any activity in her older brother’s bank account since early February. Also, she said he has been without his medications the entire time.
“To his family, this is a huge red flag, alarming and concerning because he has not accessed his money on March 3 to pick up his prescriptions,” said Gaskins.
His daughter, Brittney Nabors, said her father has multiple tattoos.
“The main thing you will see is his hand tattoo and the cross on his finger,” said Nabors.
Some other tattoos the family says are identifiable are:
Nabors said her father also has a scar on his right hand. They said Griffin was last seen wearing blue jeans, a white shirt, a brown jacket, and mustard yellow toboggan. He had a black backpack with him and a blue and white cooler with him.
The entire family said they were worried and will stop at nothing to find him,
“We just need to know that he is alive and safe,” said Gaskins.
Griffin’s family said they will not stop searching for him until they find him. They ask, if you see him or know where he might be, you contact the Broken Link Foundation or the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office.
The Broken Link Foundation: (843) 998-5113
Laurens County Sheriff’s Office: (864) 984-2523
An updated vaccine is recommended for adults and most children. Statewide, 7% of vaccinations did not specify a home county.Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Notes: The hospitals map shows the average I.C.U. occupancy at nearby hospitals in the most recent week with data reported. The ...
An updated vaccine is recommended for adults and most children. Statewide, 7% of vaccinations did not specify a home county.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Notes: The hospitals map shows the average I.C.U. occupancy at nearby hospitals in the most recent week with data reported. The data is self-reported to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services by individual hospitals. It excludes counts from hospitals operated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Indian Health Service. Numbers for hospitalized patients are based on inpatient beds and include I.C.U. beds. Hospitalized Covid-19 patients include both confirmed and suspected Covid-19 patients. The C.D.C. stopped reporting data on cases in May 2023.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Notes: Weekly county death data prior to Jan. 2021 was not reported by the C.D.C. and is sourced from reporting by The New York Times. Hospitalization data is a weekly average of Covid-19 patients in hospital service areas that intersect with Laurens County. Hospitalization numbers early in the pandemic are undercounts due to incomplete reporting by hospitals to the federal government.
The data in these charts has been archived and they are no longer being updated.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The data in these charts has been archived and they are no longer being updated. Weekly county case data prior to Jan. 2021 was not reported by the C.D.C. and is sourced from reporting by The New York Times. The C.D.C. stopped reporting data on cases in May 2023. Test positivity data is based only on test results reported to the federal government and is a seven-day average.
Data on this page is reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Population and demographic data is from the U.S. Census Bureau. Hospitalization data is reported by individual hospitals to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and it includes confirmed and suspected adult and pediatric patients. The C.D.C. does not provide complete vaccinations data for some counties and caps its vaccination rate figures at 95 percent.
The C.D.C. may make historical updates as more data is reported.
The C.D.C. stopped reporting data on Covid cases in May 2023.
Members of four churches are picking up the pieces after they say their churches were broken into over the weekend Infinite Scroll Enabled GET LOCAL BREAKING NEWS ALERTSThe latest breaking updates, delivered straight to your email inbox.Your Email AddressPrivacy Notice LAURENS COUNTY, S.C. —Members of four churches in Laurens County, South Carolina are picking up ...
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Members of four churches in Laurens County, South Carolina are picking up the pieces after they say their churches were broken into over the weekend.
Two people are now facing charges.
Sierra Lynn Smith and Jesse James Hawkins appeared in court Monday. There they faced a room filled with members of three of the four churches they are charged with burglarizing. Those churches are Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, New Prospect Baptist Church, Reedy Grove Pentecostal Holiness Church, and Ceder Grove Baptist Church.
"This act of evil has been devastating to our church, our families, and our community," Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church Program Director, Melissa Crenshaw said.
Members at these four churches said windows were smashed, items were stolen, and one church found a lit candle in a trash can.
"We are praying for them because their judgment here is nothing compared to what their judgment will be before God," Crenshaw said.
However, one thing really upset leaders at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church.
"They left an upside-down cross in the office for us to find," Crenshaw said.
Smith and Hawkins were also charged with malicious injury to a place of worship, petit larceny, and arson with attempt to burn. They were given a $77,125 bond.
The two expressed remorse for their actions.
"I wish I could go back and repair everything that they've done," Hawkins said.
"If I could take it back, I would. I wasn't in the right mindset. I barely even remember half of the things that happened that night," Smith said.
However, for some, it wasn't good enough.
"You've hit four churches. If you hit just one church and you're showing remorse, you can see remorse in that. They hit four churches and possibly more, so no. They're not sorry for what they did. They're sorry they're sitting behind bars," Crenshaw said.
"Somewhere along the line, this tragedy will turn into a blessing. If nothing else, it helps bring us closer together as fellow churches," Trustee of Reedy Grove Pentecostal Holiness Church, Hoyt Dorn said.