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
MARION COUNTY, S.C. (WPDE) — The Marion County School District is getting new electric school buses thanks to a grant awarded to the state from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), according to a news release.It’s not clear at this time how many buses the district will receive through the funding.The release said the EPA has awarded South Carolina more than $58 million to purchase electric school buses, as part of its Clean School Bus Program.The funds to the South Carolina Department of Education ...
MARION COUNTY, S.C. (WPDE) — The Marion County School District is getting new electric school buses thanks to a grant awarded to the state from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), according to a news release.
It’s not clear at this time how many buses the district will receive through the funding.
The release said the EPA has awarded South Carolina more than $58 million to purchase electric school buses, as part of its Clean School Bus Program.
The funds to the South Carolina Department of Education are the third largest award nationally. It will be used to purchase 148 electric buses for 16 school districts and support infrastructure for the new buses.
"The South Carolina Department of Education is grateful to receive this funding which will continue the strides we’ve made to modernize our fleet," said SCDE Director of Transportation Mike Bulllman. “Since Superintendent Spearman took office, we have cut the age of our buses by half and implemented many safety measures and upgrades to vastly improve our system. We are excited for the districts and look forward to working with utility providers to get these electric buses on South Carolina roads.”
In May, EPA announced the availability of $500 million for its Clean School Bus Program. Due to renewed demands, EPA nearly doubled the amount of funding to $965 million. The rebate application period closed in August with high volume response from school districts seeking to purchase electric and low-emission school buses across the country.
“As many as 25 million children rely on the bus to get to school each day,” EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan said in a press release. “This is just the beginning of our work to build a healthier future, reduce climate pollution, and ensure the clean, breathable air that all our children deserve.”
School districts identified as priority areas serving low-income, rural, and, or Tribal students make up 99% of the projects that were selected nationwide by EPA. More applications are under review, and the agency plans to select more to reach the full funding amount in the coming weeks.
EPA is also partnering with the U.S. Department of Energy and Department of Transportation to provide school districts with robust technical assistance to ensure effective implementation.
South Carolina districts receiving the buses through the EPA Clean School Bus Program awards include: Abbeville County School District, Anderson School District 3, Anderson School District Five, Barnwell School District 45, Chester County School District, Dorchester District Four, Fairfield County School District, Georgetown County School District, Hampton County School District, Jasper County School District, Laurens County School District 56, Marion County School District, McCormick County School District, Orangeburg County School District, Richland County School District One and Sumter School District. The EPA and state officials will hold an event in Orangeburg on Nov. 1 to commemorate the awards for South Carolina.
Several school districts in our area, including Dillon, Darlington, Florence, Chesterfield and Marion Counties are all on a waiting list to possibly receive the electric school buses.
SUMTER, S.C. (WIS) - Churches across the country are tax-exempt, but that exemption comes with rules.A WIS viewer contacted the station raising concerns about an Oct. 9 service at Jehovah Missionary Baptist Church in Sumter.The church-published YouTube video shows Pastor Marion Newton discussing the importance of voting during his announcements. At the 30-minute mark of the video, he then references a pamphlet. He said:“I&rsqu...
SUMTER, S.C. (WIS) - Churches across the country are tax-exempt, but that exemption comes with rules.
A WIS viewer contacted the station raising concerns about an Oct. 9 service at Jehovah Missionary Baptist Church in Sumter.
The church-published YouTube video shows Pastor Marion Newton discussing the importance of voting during his announcements. At the 30-minute mark of the video, he then references a pamphlet. He said:
“I’ve asked the ushers to pass this flyer out on behalf of Citizens for Progress, that’s that organization that was very active when the school board was not where we wanted to be. These are the names of the people that we are supporting. Of course, you have the freedom to vote like you want to vote. If you live in one of these areas, these 9 areas, and we have the candidate by each area. Please take one and let us get people on the board that care about our children and not personal means ok?”
The viewer forwarded WIS an email containing the flyer appearing to be sent from the church. It features the names of nine candidates running for the nine open seats on the Sumter County School Board, endorsed by the organization Citizens for Progress.
Attempts to contact Citizens for Progress were not successful.
IRS regulations lay out that churches can educate voters and encourage voting, but pastors cannot promote candidates in official meetings.
A spokesperson for the IRS declined to comment on the situation.
University of South Carolina Department of Political Science Chair Kirk Randazzo said churches across the political spectrum have been becoming more active in recent years.
“Churches are becoming more mobilized and engaged in politics and as someone that studies the Constitution, the notion that there is a separation of church and state is something that goes back to the founding fathers and to see churches regardless of their ideology sort of push those boundaries, that’s a little disappointing to me,” he said.
WIS showed Randazzo the video.
“This is, I think an example, albeit a very serious example, of churches across the ideological spectrum toeing the line when it comes to separation of church and state,” he said.
Newton told WIS he would need to speak with his lawyer before commenting.
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The South Carolina Department of Transportation has applied for a $161 million federal grant to replace the Interstate 95 bridges over Lake Marion.The department is applying for the federal Bridge Investment Program’s large bridge grant.If approved, the grant would pay for about half of the total bridge project of about $331.5 million. The grant application window is for five years.The rest of the project will be paid for with state dollars, according to SCDOT officials.“The I-95 bridges over Lake Mari...
The South Carolina Department of Transportation has applied for a $161 million federal grant to replace the Interstate 95 bridges over Lake Marion.
The department is applying for the federal Bridge Investment Program’s large bridge grant.
If approved, the grant would pay for about half of the total bridge project of about $331.5 million. The grant application window is for five years.
The rest of the project will be paid for with state dollars, according to SCDOT officials.
“The I-95 bridges over Lake Marion are critical linkages in the nation’s transportation network, moving both people and freight. Increasing freight and traffic volumes necessitate the eventual replacement of the bridges,” SCDOT wrote in its application for the money.
“This is not only a safety issue for the community, but it also has tremendous economic impacts on the community, state and nation when lanes must be closed for repair or accidents,” SCDOT said.
The S.C. Department of Transportation has applied for a $161 million federal grant to replace the Interstate 95 bridges over Lake Marion. https://t.co/F1HPU39AhE— The T&D (@TheTandD) October 11, 2022
The bridges also serve as an evacuation route in the event a coastal hurricane is projected to make landfall.
Approximately 38,900 vehicles, including freight, travel over the bridge daily, according to SCDOT.
The current I-95 bridges over Lake Marion were built in 1968.
The WJ Gooding Memorial Bridge, named after a well-respected bridge engineer from South Carolina, is about 3,500 feet long. It connects Orangeburg and Clarendon counties.
The bridge replacement is a part of SCDOT’s 2021-2027 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program.
SCDOT had originally planned for officials to travel to Washington, D.C., to engage with the U.S. Department of Transportation, but the trip was canceled due to Hurricane Ian. SCDOT is rescheduling the trip with plans to meet USDOT officials regarding the proposal.
SCDOT Chief of Staff Justin Powell said the department has spent about $3 million over the last five years maintaining the two bridges over the lake as well as the overflow bridges.
Powell said the bridges are safe.
“We inspect every bridge in the state to make sure they are safe,” Powell said.
He said the bridge replacement is needed because the current bridges are old and not constructed according to modern designs. For example, modern highway shoulders are large enough where vehicles can pull off in the event of an accident and not block traffic.
The closure of a bridge would mean an approximately 60-mile detour for freight traffic and about a 40-mile to 50-mile detour for local traffic, according to SCDOT officials.
The grant will be used in the development phases of the project, including environmental reviews, preliminary engineering, design work, environmental mitigation (if needed), seismic protection and construction.
SCDOT says the project will be completed via a design-build process, which will accelerate construction with a targeted construction start in 2024. The project’s completion would be targeted for 2028.
The federal money is part of the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill signed by President Joe Biden in November 2021.
COLUMBIA, S.C. – ...
COLUMBIA, S.C. – DMA Sales, LLC, an automotive body parts supplier, today announced plans to expand operations in Marion County. The company’s $5 million investment will create 30 new jobs.
Founded in 2008, DMA Sales, LLC serves original equipment suppliers (OES), big box retailers, and wholesale and e-retail sales channels. The company assists the North American sales and distribution arm for overseas manufacturing facilities and is responsible for sales, marketing, logistics and product development.
Located at Marion County Industrial Park, DMA Sales, LLC has purchased three additional buildings that will accommodate quality testing, receive inbound ocean containers and house excess inventory.
Operations are expected to be online by early September. Individuals interested in joining the DMA Sales, LLC team should email resumes to the company.
“In business, you cannot always control the challenges that are put in your path, but with dedicated employees who are willing to adapt, innovate and ultimately execute, there is very little that can keep you from succeeding. The people of Marion County are great examples of doing this over the years. It is one of the primary drivers in expanding our operations here in Marion County.”-DMA Sales, LLC President & CEO John Treece
“We are proud to see that DMA Sales, LLC is growing their footprint in one of our state’s rural counties. Their continued success is a testament to our state’s booming automotive industry and business climate. Congratulations to DMA Sales, LLC on their expansion in Marion County.” -Gov. Henry McMaster
“Today’s announcement shows that Marion County is a place where businesses can find continued success. We are excited for these additional job opportunities in the community and look forward to a long-lasting partnership with DMA Sales, LLC.”-Secretary of Commerce Harry M. Lightsey III
“With the third expansion over recent years, DMA Sales, LLC has proven to be an advocate of Marion County. We hope that this will send a message to any industries looking to expand in the future: Marion County is not only a place to go, but more importantly a place to grow.”-Marion County Council Chairman John Q. Atkinson
NOTICE TO CREDITORS OF ESTATES All persons having claims against the following estates MUST file their claims on Form #371ES with the Probate Court of PICKENS COUNTY, the address of which is 222 MCDANIEL AVE., B-16 PICKENS, SC 29671, within eight (8) months after the date of the first publication of this Notice to Creditors or within one (1) year from date of death, whichever is earlier (SCPC 62-3-801, et seq.), or such persons shall be forever barred as to their claims. All claims are required to be presented in written statements on the pr...
NOTICE TO CREDITORS OF ESTATES All persons having claims against the following estates MUST file their claims on Form #371ES with the Probate Court of PICKENS COUNTY, the address of which is 222 MCDANIEL AVE., B-16 PICKENS, SC 29671, within eight (8) months after the date of the first publication of this Notice to Creditors or within one (1) year from date of death, whichever is earlier (SCPC 62-3-801, et seq.), or such persons shall be forever barred as to their claims. All claims are required to be presented in written statements on the prescribed form (FORM #371ES) indicating the name and address of the claimant, the basis of the claim, the amount claimed, the date when the claim will become due, the nature of any uncertainty as to the claim, and a description of any security as to the claim.
Estate: Christine Cassell Lewis Date of Death: 09/24/2022 Case Number: 2022ES3900824 Personal Representative: Gregg Waring Address: 210 Fairway Drive, Pickens, SC 29671 Nov. 9, 16, 23
Estate: Charles Benson Porter, Sr. Date of Death: 06/05/2022 Case Number: 2022ES3900852 Personal Representative: Charles B. Porter, Jr. Address: 355 Griggs Rd., Six Mile, SC 29682 Nov. 9, 16, 23
Estate: Frances Joyner Gorsuch Date of Death: 02/18/2022 Case Number: 2022ES3900362-2 Personal Representative: Clyde S. Gorsuch Address: 106 Carteret Ct., Clemson, SC 29631 Attorney: Nathan M. Clark Address: Post Office Box 1539, Clemson, SC 29633 Nov. 9, 16, 23
Estate: Douglas E. Winchester Date of Death: 06/15/2022 Case Number: 2022ES3900910 Personal Representative: Donalene N. Winchester Address: 2403 Crowe Creek Rd., Sunset, SC 29685 Attorney: David B. Greene Address: 11 McGee Street, Greenville, SC 29601 Nov. 9, 16, 23
Estate: Barbara King Black Date of Death: 10/01/2022 Case Number: 2022ES3900865 Personal Representative: John Olar Black, Jr. Address: 2236 Saluda Dam Rd., Easley, SC 29640 Attorney: James M. Robinson Address: P.O. Box 738, Easley, SC 29641 Nov. 9, 16, 23
Estate: Harvey Joe Davis Date of Death: 09/18/2022 Case Number: 2022ES3900831 Personal Representative: Sherry D. Laney Address: 238 Apple Orchard Rd., Central, SC 29630 Nov. 16, 23, 30
Estate: Robert Alan Fortner Date of Death: 08/30/2022 Case Number: 2022ES3900914 Personal Representative: Colleen Marie Mironchik Address: 837 Robert P. Jeanes Rd., Easley, SC 29640 Attorney: Steven L. Alexander Address: Post Office Box 618, Pickens, SC 29671 Nov. 16, 23, 30
Estate: Minnie Jane D. Bearden Date of Death: 10/7/2022 Case Number: 2022ES3900836 Personal Representative: Richey Milton Bearden Address: 632 Wolf Creek Rd., Pickens, SC 29671 Nov. 23, 30, Dec. 7
Estate: Brenda Faye Garren Date of Death: 10/18/2022 Case Number: 2022ES3900885 Personal Representative: Jerry Ronald Garren Address: 253 Ann Street, Pickens, SC 29671 Nov. 23, 30, Dec. 7
Estate: Effie Lee Sweet Dobson Date of Death: 09/21/2022 Case Number: 2022ES3900858 Personal Representative: Kelley F. Mathis Address: 108 Mathis Drive, Easley, SC 29640 Nov. 23, 30, Dec. 7
Estate: Syble Della Massengale Date of Death: 08/16/2022 Case Number: 2022ES3900832 Personal Representative: Elisha Tallent Address: 124 Lazy River Lane, Easley, SC 29640 Nov. 23, 30, Dec. 7
Estate: L G Porter Date of Death: 07/20/2022 Case Number: 2022ES3900862 Personal Representative: Kathy L. Brown Address: P.O. Box 353, Pickens, SC 29671 Nov. 23, 30, Dec. 7
Estate: Robert Eugene Gaddis Date of Death: 07/30/2022 Case Number: 2022ES3900951 Personal Representative: Linda Gaddis Address: 620 Pleasant View Rd., Pickens, SC 29671 Attorney: James C. Alexander Address: Post Office Box 618, Pickens, SC 29671 Nov. 23, 30, Dec. 7
Estate: Florence Brownlow White Date of Death: 11/04/2022 Case Number: 2022ES3900947 Personal Representative: Keith Ernest White Address: 200 North B. Street, Easley, SC 29640 Attorney: Brian K. James Address: Post Office Box 93, Easley, SC 29641 Nov. 23, 30, Dec. 7
Estate: Jarred Samuel Brown Date of Death: 10/12/2022 Case Number: 2022ES3900941 Personal Representative: Crystal Brown Address: 100 Forest Ridge, Easley, SC 29640 Attorney: Scott Allmon Address: 1606 Blue Ridge Blvd., Seneca, SC 29672 Nov. 23, 30, Dec. 7
Estate: Martha Lou Biggs Date of Death: 09/08/2022 Case Number: 2022ES3900821 Personal Representative: Joshua A. Hill Address: 393 S. Louisville Street, Ackerman, MS 39735 Co-Personal Representative: Elliott V. Hill Address: 393 S. Louisville Street, Ackerman, MS 39735 Attorney: Richard E. Thompson, Jr. Address: Post Office Box 14230, Anderson, SC 29624 Nov. 23, 30, Dec. 7
Estate: Lee Tilman Harbin Date of Death: 09/30/2022 Case Number: 2022ES3900945 Personal Representative: Wilhelmina F. Harbin Address: 193 Saluda View Drive, Easley, SC 29640 Attorney: J. Baker Cleveland, III Address: Post Office Box 9, Pickens, SC 29671 Nov. 23, 30, Dec. 7
Estate: Benjamin Jay Brazinski Date of Death: 10/30/2022 Case Number: 2022ES3900948 Personal Representative: Daniel Luke Brazinski Address: 106 Jayme Lane, Pickens, SC 29671 Attorney: J. Baker Cleveland, III Address: Post Office Box 9, Pickens, SC 29671 Nov. 23, 30, Dec. 7
Estate: Joshua Sean Campbell Date of Death: 10/16/2022 Case Number: 2022ES3900933 Personal Representative: Kenneth Marion Campbell, Jr. Address: 211 Sharon Lane, Easley, SC 29640 Attorney: Daniel E. Hunt Address: P.O. Box 887, Easley, SC 29641 Nov. 23, 30, Dec. 7