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 Marion, 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 Marion, 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 Marion 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 Marion'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 Marion.
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 Marion, 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 Marion, 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 Marion, 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 Marion, 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
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 Marion 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.
MARION, S.C. (WMBF) – A community is coming together to help a church in Marion rebuild after it was heavily damaged in a fire earlier this week.Marion Fire Rescue crews were called just after 4 p.m. Tuesday to 520 Murray Street, which is the location of United Fellowship Church.When they arrived at the nearly 70-year-old church, firefighters saw smoke pouring out of the roof.It took over 40 firefighters from different agencies several hours to get the fire under control.Members of the church said that every...
MARION, S.C. (WMBF) – A community is coming together to help a church in Marion rebuild after it was heavily damaged in a fire earlier this week.
Marion Fire Rescue crews were called just after 4 p.m. Tuesday to 520 Murray Street, which is the location of United Fellowship Church.
When they arrived at the nearly 70-year-old church, firefighters saw smoke pouring out of the roof.
It took over 40 firefighters from different agencies several hours to get the fire under control.
Members of the church said that everything from the sanctuary down to the dining and kitchen were destroyed in the fire.
“There is no pulpit, there is no choir stand, everything is totally destroyed,” Bishop Patrick Chambers said.
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Chambers said the building was filled with memories from weddings, worship and even funerals.
“It serves as the arms for our community here. So many people have come to this place and received help,” Chambers explained.
One elder in the church, Evelyn Foxworth Meares, remembered the church’s humble beginnings, when it started off in a tent.
“I was here before the church started. I cam while we were still under the tent,” Meares said. “It was so sad to see it all go up in smoke.
But despite the loss, Chambers said he’s grateful for the outpouring of community support to help rebuild.
“Pastors are coming together, people have committed themselves to help rebuild the walls,” Chambers said. “Men are working right now even as we speak. They are coming together, that the walls of this church might be rebuilt.
Because the fire was at a church, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms responded to the scene and is investigating the cause and origin of the fire.
Meanwhile, Chambers said they’re determined to continue church services at the building.
The church is also reaching out to the community and asking for donations to help with the repairs.
A GoFundMe has been created if you would like to donate to the church.
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Clarendon contributorSANTEE COOPER LAKES - Lake Marion is not only the largest lake in South Carolina covering more than 110,000 acres, but it's also known by anglers nationwide as a mecca for big bass, catfish and a variety of smaller fish. Lake Marion has received another designation. AZ Animals has listed the popular recreational lake as having the highest confirmed American Alligator population in the state.Lake Moultrie, Lake Marion's smaller sister lake that covers more than 60,000 acres and comes in as the third-largest ...
SANTEE COOPER LAKES - Lake Marion is not only the largest lake in South Carolina covering more than 110,000 acres, but it's also known by anglers nationwide as a mecca for big bass, catfish and a variety of smaller fish. Lake Marion has received another designation. AZ Animals has listed the popular recreational lake as having the highest confirmed American Alligator population in the state.
Lake Moultrie, Lake Marion's smaller sister lake that covers more than 60,000 acres and comes in as the third-largest lake in South Carolina, was ranked by AZ Animals as No. 2 in the state for the number of alligators residing within its banks.
According to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, there are more than 100,000 alligators calling the state's lakes and waterways home with Lake Marion home to an estimated 100 of those alligators.
Rounding out the top four state areas with lakes in terms of the number of alligators living there are Hilton Head Island at No. 3, and Charleston at No. 4.
Alligators in the state's lakes are most often found thriving in the shallows and swampy areas of the lakes as well as in the lakes' coves and creeks. Between 2016 and 2018, a 700-pound gator and an almost 1,000-pound gator were caught, ranging from 12 to 15 feet, according to AZ Animals. In 2022, Stephen Glenn, Anders Land and Alex Brammer wrangled a 500-pound, 12-foot alligator in the Taw Caw area of Lake Marion, according to The Item archives.
Lake Marion, a freshwater lake, provides a habitat that is comfortable for gators with a climate that never gets cold enough to freeze the lake. It is connected to Sparkleberry Swamp, a popular fishing spot, and home to a significant number of the lake's alligator population.
Lake Marion's shores span five counties, including Clarendon, Sumter, Orangeburg, Calhoun and Berkeley, with sightings of alligators in each of the counties.
Lake Marion is now in the middle of the breeding season for alligators. It's common for single female gators to lay a clutch of 30 to 50 eggs, and this means that the population of alligators within Lake Marion and other state lakes will continue to grow. Lake Marion's abundance of fish also provides the lake's gators with plenty of food to keep them well-fed all year.
In the wild, American Alligators can live between 30 and 50 years with adult male gators reaching lengths of 15 feet.
Travel Safe - Abroad lists three safety tips for swimming in areas where alligators have been sighted:
- Don't swim between dusk and dawn because alligators are more active at night, and splashing can mimic prey;
- Take friends when you swim. With a lot of activity in the water, gators are more likely to keep their distance. Having friends along also ensures that if there is an incident, someone is available to call for help.
- Don't feed the alligators. It is illegal in South Carolina to feed alligators. Feeding alligators can teach the reptiles that it is safe to approach humans for food. Alligators that frequently are fed by humans may get aggressive when the humans don't feed them.
It's also important to notify SCDNR when alligators are seen in areas where they shouldn't be or if you see people feeding them. To report issues with alligators, call SCDNR at 1-800-922-5431.
One area of Lake Marion where you can see alligators from the comfort of your vehicle is the Santee National Wildlife Refuge's Cuddo Unit off Log Jam Road near the John C. Land III Fishing Facility. The Cuddo Unit's 7.5-mile Wildlife Drive features several stops along the route to view an abundance of South Carolina's wildlife, including Cuddo's popular Alligator Alley. Cuddo's visitors can frequently spot gators sunning or swimming. Visitors are asked to never feed the wild animals, including gators.
Applications for S.C. Alligator Lottery now being accepted
The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources' Alligator Lottery is now underway and lasts until 5 p.m. July 15.
A $10 nonrefundable application fee is required to apply. A randomized computer drawing based on a preference point system will determine the selection of hunters.
The 2023 public alligator season will begin at noon Sept. 9 and end at noon Oct. 14. If your entry is chosen, the tag fees are $100. Additional fees apply to nonresident hunters. Applicants will be notified by email of their selection status after the drawing has been completed. Applicants can also check their status online any time after the drawing. By law, the fees that are collected through the lottery are used to support the Alligator Management Program's research and management activities and for conservation of the American Alligator in South Carolina.
To apply for the alligator hunts, for more information on the lottery and for information on any changes and updates to the program, check the SCDNR website at https://bit.ly/3oKGltm.
For questions or assistance with applying, contact Emily Kearse at (803) 734-3887 or email@example.com or contact Trista Bishop at (803) 734-3892 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
MARION, S.C. (WBTW) — Members of a Pee Dee church assessed damage on Wednesday after their church caught fire on Tuesday night.The fire happened at the United Fellowship Center on Murray Street in Marion. The church is 73 years old, and some people said they could still smell it burning outside.Marion Fire Rescue said the fire was under control at about 8 p.m., and crews stayed on scene until about 9:15 p.m.The church’s bishop, Keith Chambers, said it was built in the 1950s by his parents.“When I...
MARION, S.C. (WBTW) — Members of a Pee Dee church assessed damage on Wednesday after their church caught fire on Tuesday night.
The fire happened at the United Fellowship Center on Murray Street in Marion. The church is 73 years old, and some people said they could still smell it burning outside.
Marion Fire Rescue said the fire was under control at about 8 p.m., and crews stayed on scene until about 9:15 p.m.
The church’s bishop, Keith Chambers, said it was built in the 1950s by his parents.
“When I walked in, it was just too much,” Chambers said. “There was just smoke coming from everywhere. The firefighters got there as soon as they could, but by the time they got there and got set up and everything, it had just gotten out of hand.”
Chambers said one thing did survive the fire, however.
“The firemen came out and they said everything was charred and burnt on the inside,” he said. “They came out with a bible, and the bible just had a partially burnt part on the cover. Everything else was well-intact.”
Chambers said he was doing renovations on the church the day of the fire.
“Everybody was praying, you know. A lot of the members were crying,” he said. “They thought I was inside working for the last week or so, doing things on the inside.”
Chambers was not inside.
Instead, he said he got a phone call that his wife and child were in a car crash. He said he stopped, turned everything off in the church and rushed to the hospital.
30 minutes later, Chambers said he got another call that the church was on fire.
He said although the fire destroyed everything, including the newly renovated kitchen, with the help of the community — he is hopeful.
“It doesn’t matter if we have to start back over in a tint again,” Chambers said. “This church started in a tent. Sitting right over here in the grounds, that’s where the tent was. If we have to go from there to wherever God — I believe in God.”
Chambers said they are working with the city inspector to see what can be done with the damage.
The cause of the fire is unknown.
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MARION COUNTY, S.C. (WMBF) - From giving some much-needed attention to the Marion County Animal Shelter to working on team-building, county leaders are on a mission to bring progress to Marion County.With efforts to see Marion County the best it can be Interim County Manager Chavis Watford said she’s ready to check things off the list.“We’re just trying to make Marion County Better,” she said.Watford explained how that starts with ongoing and upcoming projects across Marion County.One of th...
MARION COUNTY, S.C. (WMBF) - From giving some much-needed attention to the Marion County Animal Shelter to working on team-building, county leaders are on a mission to bring progress to Marion County.
With efforts to see Marion County the best it can be Interim County Manager Chavis Watford said she’s ready to check things off the list.
“We’re just trying to make Marion County Better,” she said.
Watford explained how that starts with ongoing and upcoming projects across Marion County.
One of the first items on her list required the county to temporarily close the Marion County Animal Shelter over the summer to address ongoing issues.
“We’re trying to get to a point where we can reopen and have a center in a well-managed facility with our employees and the safety of the animals,” said Watford. “So we’ve torn down some of the older buildings that was causing problems for our animals.”
Now crews are working to make the current shelter a better place for staff and animals while the county finalizes the purchase of a new facility for all of the shelter’s four-legged friends. Watford said that work in progress doesn’t just stop there.
“We see the other counties and how they’re growing and we want people to have the opportunity to choose Marion as a place to live,” she said. “Not only live but also work as new ideas have sparked between county departments to help them work and collaborate together.”
Right now they are engaging in team building with an office Halloween decorating contest.
“It broke the ice for all of us to come together and laugh and talk and keep peeping at other ‘s offices and check out the ideas,” said Recycling Coordinator for Marion County’s Environmental Services Erica Woodberry. “It really broke the ice to become more of a family now.”
Watford said organizations within the community like Sopakco, Creative Consultants, HTC, Marion County Progress, and DMA all donated to help the project.
It’s helped become another step in Marion County’s Progression.
“Nothing happens overnight,” said Watford. “We are seeing the progress of our efforts in making Marion County one of the best counties in South Carolina. “I want to involve the community more involve the employees more and really make Marion County the best place to live and work.”
Administration teams from the city of Marion and Mullins will judge the Halloween decorating contest for first, second, and third place on Tuesday, Oct, 31.
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