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 McCormick, 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 McCormick, 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 McCormick 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 McCormick'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 McCormick.
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 McCormick, 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 McCormick, 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 McCormick, 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 McCormick, 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
McCORMICK, S.C. (WJBF)- Tucked away in McCormick County is 1310 acres of land, which is home to the SC Governor’s School of Agriculture at John de la Howe.They were founded in 1797, but for the last three years they’ve been a governor’s school, allowing students to learn more about the outdoors.“Our school has to offer a very hands on approach to education, and hands on approach to agriculture. It serves a great purpose because agriculture is the #1 industry in the state of South Carolin...
McCORMICK, S.C. (WJBF)- Tucked away in McCormick County is 1310 acres of land, which is home to the SC Governor’s School of Agriculture at John de la Howe.
They were founded in 1797, but for the last three years they’ve been a governor’s school, allowing students to learn more about the outdoors.
“Our school has to offer a very hands on approach to education, and hands on approach to agriculture. It serves a great purpose because agriculture is the #1 industry in the state of South Carolina,” said Principal Greg Thompson.
Those students learn alongside two other governor’s schools in the state. But what sets them apart are the residents halls for men and women the nearly 100 students have at John de la Howe.
So in a way, it’s like a college campus for high schoolers.
Principal Thompson says students have an opportunity to choose from four different agriculture programs that are offered.
“We have horticulture, plant and animal science, natural resources and ag make. So they choose one of these pathways to focus on when they enter school here,” said Thompson.
Students say they have enjoyed every minute at John de la Howe, and feel it has prepared them for the real world.
“I’ve loved every day here. I’ve gotten to do challenges, last year I got to do a lumberjack competition and we took home first place and the trophy is sitting in the office of the school. I just love all of the venues we have here,” said senior Sam Bennett.
“Each day is pretty new, and you look forward to each new day instead of it just being a dredge and repeating every single day. I’ve been able to grow by learning a lot of very genuinely helpful social skills that you wouldn’t get in a normal schooling environment,” said senior Logan Doty.
“I want to be a John Deere Marketer. And John Deere looks at kids that specifically come to this school, and once they graduate they can hire them right out of high school. So that’s why I wanted to come here so bad,” said junior Kelly Tasch.
Thompson says on top of the educational experience they will get, it’s also about how they finish, and prepare for the next step.
“We want to help them fulfill their dreams. When they leave here, and they shake my hand and give them a high school diploma, every kid will have a post-secondary plan,” said Thompson.
PIO Tony Baughman says times are exciting for the school right now, but the future is even brighter.
According to Baughman, over the next 5 years there will be work going on to add new cabins, horse riding trails, and two new programs for agro-tourism and culinary arts.
Students received electronic devices Sunday morning, as they will be back in the classroom Monday morning.
ST. LOUIS — St. Louis CITY SC has nailed just about every one of their hires from sporting director to head coach to starting goalie.They work with academy teams, those coaches developing the future of CITY SC and one of those coaches has a unique story.This is Megan McCormick, one of two female coaches in Major League Soccer.McCormick is unique for a lot of reasons. For one, she graduated from Ball State University in Indiana with a degree in...
ST. LOUIS — St. Louis CITY SC has nailed just about every one of their hires from sporting director to head coach to starting goalie.
They work with academy teams, those coaches developing the future of CITY SC and one of those coaches has a unique story.
This is Megan McCormick, one of two female coaches in Major League Soccer.
McCormick is unique for a lot of reasons. For one, she graduated from Ball State University in Indiana with a degree in architecture. Then she had to tell her parents
"I am not going to be an architect, I want to coach soccer, I want to be a soccer coach," McCormick said. "The initial reaction was 'Is that even a thing? Is that something you can do full-time as a job?' and I said 'I think so.'"
So, she took a job in Carmel, Indiana, as a middle school special ED teacher where she coached youth soccer too.
She also played in the Women's Professional Soccer League.
McCormick became the head coach at DePauw University and worked as a coach in the U.S. Soccer Federation.
When St. Louis CITY SC was looking for a coach in their academy program, they chose McCormick. She now coaches the U-16 team and they rarely lose.
"A couple weeks ago when we were tied to this team at the half and her tactile adjustment and we ended up beating that team 4 or 5 to 1. It was just amazing to see the tactile adjustments that she had that really changed our performance," one player said.
A woman coaching the boys, it's no problem at all.
"I think at a high level, players can figure out pretty quickly who knows what they are talking about and who doesn't. So as soon as they see that, gender doesn't become part of the conversation," McCormick said.
"It's really not that different, I mean I've all had man coaches. But man, she's a great coach and basically the same," another player said.
McCormick could have had a life as an architect, and it may have been easier. But she didn't want to miss out on this.
"Being part of a team, there is something about maybe growing up as an athlete and growing up in team sports, how much formative that was for me as a person," McCormick said. "I think when you retire from playing, when you hang up your cleats or when you step away from organized sports, sometimes you lose that team identity and being part of a team. That's always something that's been core to me."
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MCCORMICK COUNTY, SC — A South Carolina fugitive took to Facebook to defend himself -- on a Facebook post featuring a “wanted” photo with his own face on it.Kyle Willingham is wanted in McCormick County, South Carolina for multiple crimes.The McCormick County Sheriff’s Department says Willingham is “wanted in multiple jurisdictions and is known to be armed and dangerous.’The Sheriff’s Office put out a wanted poster featuring Willingham and encouraging the public not to approach h...
MCCORMICK COUNTY, SC — A South Carolina fugitive took to Facebook to defend himself -- on a Facebook post featuring a “wanted” photo with his own face on it.
Kyle Willingham is wanted in McCormick County, South Carolina for multiple crimes.
The McCormick County Sheriff’s Department says Willingham is “wanted in multiple jurisdictions and is known to be armed and dangerous.’
The Sheriff’s Office put out a wanted poster featuring Willingham and encouraging the public not to approach him.
Willingham seemed to disagree with how he was being portrayed and thought the comments section was the appropriate place to defend himself.
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“I’m not dangerous, and I literally don’t even own a weapon, but I guess if you talk S*** to a cop who you feel has violated your rights, their EGO will get in the way, and they will try and destroy you. They will tell lies to pull you over, just hoping you don’t know your rights I’m telling you this sheriff’s office needs to be investigated because they break the law and abuse people’s rights there on a daily basis,” Willingham responded to the post.
In response, deputies replied: “Two sides to every story. Hopefully, you will turn yourself in tomorrow. If you want to come tonight, we work 24/7. If not, we will be seeing you soon!”
Willingham continued to blast the sheriff’s office in the comments section, accusing officers of illegally searching his property.
Facebook users poked fun of Willingham in the comments section.
“Any reward for finding him?” Nestor Vasquez wrote. “I think I found ‘em in these comments.”
Other Facebook users were impressed with Willingham’s brazen approach.
“Jeremy Willingham for president!” Jamie Barbie wrote.
Deputies say Willingham is 5 feet 8 inches and 170 pounds.
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McCORMICK, S.C. - Lt. Gov. Pamela Evette paid a visit to the South Carolina Governor’s School for Agriculture at John de la Howe on Thursday for a firsthand look at the future of agriculture in the state.En route to an event in Aiken, Lt. Gov. Evette spent about 90 minutes touring the 1,310-acre working farm in rural McCormick County and visiting with students and staff at the nation’s only residential high school devoted to agricultural education.“I am so impressed – so impressed by what’s going o...
McCORMICK, S.C. - Lt. Gov. Pamela Evette paid a visit to the South Carolina Governor’s School for Agriculture at John de la Howe on Thursday for a firsthand look at the future of agriculture in the state.
En route to an event in Aiken, Lt. Gov. Evette spent about 90 minutes touring the 1,310-acre working farm in rural McCormick County and visiting with students and staff at the nation’s only residential high school devoted to agricultural education.
“I am so impressed – so impressed by what’s going on out here and so impressed by the students that are here,” Evette said at the end of her visit. “So many times we see in the news, the national news, about all the things that kids are doing wrong. But all these children have taken the path less traveled to do something that they’re really passionate about. That gives us hope for the future, and our future is bright. We always say that here in South Carolina, and these students are a testament to that.”
In the school’s library, the lieutenant governor chatted with student leaders J.C. Chandler of Belton and Caitlyn Krout of Fair Play about their academic studies along the school’s four pathways: animal science, plant science, wildlife and natural resources management, and agricultural mechanics and technology. She then stopped by the school’s ag mechanics shop to discuss career readiness with teacher Russ Abrams.
“Every place you go, you hear, ‘I didn’t realize the impact our farmers have on us,’” Evette said. “Especially now, with food prices skyrocketing. Everybody’s starting to have a whole new appreciation. I said it this morning: If you see a farmer, thank a farmer – because that’s how we’re eating every day.”
Evette stressed the importance of the mission to prepare students such as those at the Governor’s School for Agriculture to be college-ready and career-ready to meet the growing demand for skilled labor in South Carolina.
“We all know we need more farmers,” she said. “You talk to our water commissioners; they need more water engineers, they need more soil engineers. By highlighting why those are really great career choices, all we’re doing is opening up our future – and that’s what the Governor’s School is doing.”
After a driving tour of the campus – which included a visit to the tomb of the school’s namesake, French physician Dr. John de la Howe – the lieutenant governor returned to the school cafeteria for a photo opportunity. Afterward, she stood inside a circle of students and encouraged them to continue the noble mission of advancing agriculture in the Palmetto State.
“I think Agriculture Commissioner (Hugh) Weathers is extremely proud of the Governor’s School for Agriculture,” Lt. Evette said. “Hugh has got a lot to brag about, and so do I. I told everybody here, the students here, as you reach big milestones, please reach out to me because I would love to brag about you not just around the state but across the nation. That’s one of the things I enjoy most – bragging about South Carolina.”
For more information on the academic programs at the South Carolina Governor’s School for Agriculture and potential enrollment, visit the school’s website at delahowe.sc.gov.
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McCORMICK, S.C. (WJBF) – People from around McCormick, South Carolina gathered at the River Grille at Tara Clubhouse for a chance to get up close and personal with some of their elected officials.“One of the goals of a chamber is to have advocacy that makes government and business come together, and for the community to come together. It is to show our community that when we work together, these are the things that could happen,” said Executive Director of the McCormick County Chamber of Commerce, Ch...
McCORMICK, S.C. (WJBF) – People from around McCormick, South Carolina gathered at the River Grille at Tara Clubhouse for a chance to get up close and personal with some of their elected officials.
“One of the goals of a chamber is to have advocacy that makes government and business come together, and for the community to come together. It is to show our community that when we work together, these are the things that could happen,” said Executive Director of the McCormick County Chamber of Commerce, Charlotte Tallent.
Those who attended were treated to a nice lunch, a presentation and then got the chance to ask questions to Senator Shane Massey and State Representative Daniel Gibson.
“We had a great crowd today and I appreciate people being interested and paying attention. That’s the only way this system works is if people participate. I always think it’s important that people hear from us about what’s going on and it’s more important that we hear from them, and they can tell us what they’re thinking about,” said Senator Massey.
“We all have problems, we all have things that we need taken care of, but if you don’t tell me, I don’t know about it, so it’s a great opportunity for us, and Senator Massey and I to come out, and listen to people, I love taking there questions,” said Representative Gibson.
Not only were questions answered but several McCormick organizations were presented with checks.
“Today we announced great things for three of our organizations. It was our sheriffs department, the McCormick County Historical Commission, and the Arts council. Almost a million dollars in to our community,” said Tallent.
There were a lot of smiling faces at the McCormick Legislative Luncheon, and they appreciate the elected officials that came out for the special day.
“Our elected officials are great, when we ask them to come out, if it is at all possible, they are here, and this is what makes them real to the community, and then our community gets more comfortable with having conversations, and this is what’s happened. The positive things comes about if we’re all talking to one another,” said Tallent.