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
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - Summer is in the air, and that can only mean one thing for high school seniors: graduation. We have the latest details on all high school graduations in our local counties.We are reaching out to officials to clarify some details, so stay tuned for any updates we can provide.GEORGIARichmond County7:00 p.m.9:00 a.m.9:00 a.m.Academy of Richmond County at ARC StadiumJohn S. Davidson Fine Arts at L...
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - Summer is in the air, and that can only mean one thing for high school seniors: graduation. We have the latest details on all high school graduations in our local counties.
We are reaching out to officials to clarify some details, so stay tuned for any updates we can provide.
|7:00 p.m.||9:00 a.m.||9:00 a.m.|
|Academy of Richmond County at ARC Stadium||John S. Davidson Fine Arts at Laney Stadium||A.R. Johnson Magnet at Laney Stadium|
|Glenn Hills High School at Glenn Hills Stadium||T. W. Josey High School at Josey Stadium||Westside High School at Westside Stadium|
|Richmond County Technical Career Magnet School at Lumpkin Road Stadium||7:00 p.m.||7:00 p.m.|
|Hephzibah High School at Hephzibah Stadium||Cross Creek High School at Cross Creek Stadium|
|Lucy C. Laney High School at Laney Stadium||Butler High School at Lumpkin Road Stadium|
All Columbia County School District graduation ceremonies will be held at Evans Towne Center Park.
Rain Dates: May 29 at 8:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 7:30 p.m., and May 30 at 8:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
|Harlem High School at 7:30 p.m.||Lakeside High School at 8:30 a.m.||Greenbrier High School at 8:30 a.m.|
|Evans High School at 7:30 p.m.||Grovetown High School at 7:30 p.m.|
Burke County High School students will graduate at the high school located at 1057 Burke Veterans Parkway in Waynesboro. The ceremony will be from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
|Thursday, May 19 at 7:30 p.m.||Friday, May 20 at 7:30 p.m.|
|Swainsboro High School at Tiger Field||Emanuel County Institute at the football field on school grounds|
The ceremony will be held at 8 p.m. on May 20, at the football stadium at 276 W Main Street.
The ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. on May 20, at the Elmer J. Warren Stadium. The stadium is located at 11311-B Hwy. 15 North in Sparta.
The ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. on May 28, at the Jefferson County High School football field.
The ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. on May 27, inside the performance gym at Jenkins County Middle/High school.
The ceremony will be held at 8 p.m. on May 20 at Buddy Bufford Field. The field is located at 214 Lillian Sims Ave in Lincolnton.
Thomson High School’s ceremony will be held at 8 p.m. on May 20. It will be at The Brickyard stadium, located at 612 Main Street in Thomson.
The ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. on June 2, in the high school’s gym.
The ceremony will be held at 8 p.m. on May 20 at Kelly Memorial Stadium near the high school.
The ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. on May 21 in the high school’s gym.
We have reached out to school officials for the information and will provide updates.
The ceremony will be held at 8 p.m. on May 20 at Tiger Stadium.
All Aiken County Public School District graduation ceremonies will be held at the USC Aiken Convocation Center, at 2049 Champion Way in Graniteville.
The Aiken County Career and Technology Center completer ceremony will be June 1 at 5 p.m. followed by the first graduation for Aiken Scholars Academy at 7:30 p.m.
|Thursday, June 2|
|Midland Valley High School at 2 p.m.||Aiken High School at 9 a.m.|
|Ridge Spring - Monetta High School at 5 p.m.||Wagener - Salley High School at 12 p.m. (noon)|
|North Augusta High School at 8 p.m.||Silver Bluff High School at 3 p.m.|
|South Aiken High School at 6 p.m.|
Barnwell High School’s graduation ceremony will be at 7:30 p.m. on May 27 at the football field on the school campus.
Williston-Elko High School’s ceremony will be at 7 p.m. on May 27. The ceremony will be held on the football field at the school.
Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School’s ceremony will be at 7 p.m. on May 27, in the high school gym.
Denmark - Olar High School’s ceremony will start at 6 p.m. on June 3 in the high school gym.
Allendale-Fairfax High School’s ceremony will be at 7 p.m. on May 27, at Tiger Stadium. The stadium is located at 3305 Allendale Fairfax Hwy in Fairfax, South Carolina.
Strom Thurmond High School’s ceremony will be at 10 a.m. on June 3, on the football field.
McCormick High School’s ceremony will be at 6 p.m. on June 3. It will be outside on the football field on campus.
All Orangeburg County Public School District graduation ceremonies will be held at the Smith-Hammond-Middleton Memorial Center at South Carolina State University.
|Bethune-Bowman High School at 9 a.m.||Edisto High School at 9 a.m.|
|Branchville High School at 12 p.m. (noon)||Lake Marion High School at 12 p.m. (noon)|
|Hunter-Kinard-Tyler High School at 3 p.m.||Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School at 3 p.m.|
|North High School at 6 p.m.|
Saluda High School’s ceremony will be at 9 a.m. on June 4 at the football stadium, next to the elementary school.
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McCormick, S.C. (WJBF) – People living in McCormick County hit the shelves early Saturday morning to get prepared for Sunday night’s ice storm.“It looks like a riot, like after the riots in Detroit,”said Elbert Walls Sr. who lives in McCormick, South Carolina.Elbert Walls Sr. is originally from Detroit. He says he’s not too worried about the Ice Strom but after going to Food Lion Saturday morning, he can’t speak for other people living in the town.“Shelves are em...
McCormick, S.C. (WJBF) – People living in McCormick County hit the shelves early Saturday morning to get prepared for Sunday night’s ice storm.
“It looks like a riot, like after the riots in Detroit,”said Elbert Walls Sr. who lives in McCormick, South Carolina.
Elbert Walls Sr. is originally from Detroit. He says he’s not too worried about the Ice Strom but after going to Food Lion Saturday morning, he can’t speak for other people living in the town.
“Shelves are empty. Bread, milk, I’m like come on, it’s only going to be for two or three days, they acting like it’s going to be months,” said Walls.
Food Lion is one of the only grocery stores within city limits.
“People have gotten more bread and milk and propane. We have actually sold out of our propane,” said Abby Hayes.
Jennifer Baker was also stocking up on groceries for this weekend’s weather.
Baker says, “We did some bottled water, I got some snacks because we have three small children at home, we’ve got some things to make some soup and sandwiches. Some matches and wood, because we have a wood burning fireplace to help keep the house warm while we waiting the storm out to see what happens.”
Baker tells NewsChannel 6 that she’s experienced far worse than what’s expected on Sunday, and she wasn’t the only one.
“It’s excitement for us, we have three small children so we’re hoping for some snow,” said Baker.
“We lived in the south all our lives so we know what to expect. We’ve got our batteries, and water, we’ve got out emergency kit, and we know to stay in,” said Anne Utsman, a resident in McCormick.
Emergency Services Coordinator Jason Brown says staying indoors is your best option to stay safe while the storm passes over.
“No traveling at all, very minimal travel if you have to. Very slow, ice can get traction on it so, you’re going to fly, ” said Brown.
“We have geared up a little bit, we’re talking with the rest of the county about getting some of the 24-hour facilities running, we’re getting the sidewalks and stuff salted and everything. We’re kind of monitoring the weather, NWS is still kind of iffy about how much ice we’re supposed to get.”
Brown says they’ll have EMS workers on call for the duration of the storm.
EMA officials say you should plan on being home and remaining there by late Saturday evening through Sunday.
His career spans international, public, consortium and academic library spheresXuemao Wang, University of Cincinnati dean of libraries, university librarian and vice provost of digital scholarship, has been appointed Northwestern University’s Charles Deering McCormick University Librarian and Dean of Libraries, effective Sept. 1, 2022. Wang will succeed Sarah Pritchard, who announced her pending re...
His career spans international, public, consortium and academic library spheres
Xuemao Wang, University of Cincinnati dean of libraries, university librarian and vice provost of digital scholarship, has been appointed Northwestern University’s Charles Deering McCormick University Librarian and Dean of Libraries, effective Sept. 1, 2022. Wang will succeed Sarah Pritchard, who announced her pending retirement in October after 15 years in the role.
With a career that spans international, public, consortium and academic library spheres, Wang brings broad expertise particularly well-suited to Northwestern Libraries in an era of great challenges and opportunities for academic and research libraries.
Wang, who joined the University of Cincinnati (UC) in 2012, is responsible for the UC library system, including Walter C. Langsam Library, Donald C. Harrison Health Science Library and seven other college and departmental libraries. He also coordinates all UC jurisdiction libraries including law and regional campus libraries.
At Northwestern, he will lead 186 faculty and staff, and will administer the University Library, Deering Library, Seeley G. Mudd Library, and the Oak Grove Library Center in Waukegan. He also will have oversight of the Northwestern University Press and manage shared services with the law, medical and NU-Qatar libraries.
The Northwestern University Libraries' collection of 6.8 million titles and 187,000 unique digital works includes a portfolio of distinguished special collections, including the Transportation Library, McCormick Library of Special Collections and University Archives, and the Herskovits Library of African Studies, among others.
“I am delighted to welcome Xuemao Wang into the Northwestern community,” Provost Kathleen Hagerty said. “He has demonstrated decades of successful strategic leadership and an ability to innovate and collaborate across academic disciplines. These qualities will serve the Northwestern University Libraries very well as we plot our course for a future filled with opportunity.”
Wang said he was drawn to Northwestern Libraries by its talented librarian faculty and staff, world class collections, user-centric services, innovative approach to scholarly publishing, and its enormous contributions to both the University’s core mission and to the global learning and research communities.
“Northwestern’s Libraries and the University Press have a tremendous international reputation for their rich collections, talented faculty and staff and innovative approaches to their strategic pursuits,” Wang said. “I am honored by the opportunity to lead this organization, and eager to pursue the new and emerging opportunities that will lift us to even greater heights.”
Wang was selected by a search committee comprised of faculty, students, staff and a member of the Northwestern University Library Board of Governors. The committee was chaired by Laura Hein, Harold H. and Virginia Anderson Professor of History in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences.
In his decade at UC, Wang raised the library’s visibility regionally, nationally and internationally through innovation, collaboration and partnership. He also has emphasized diversity, equity, inclusion and access by establishing advisory groups, opportunities for staff professional development and mentoring programs for underrepresented students.
Appointed vice provost of digital scholarship when UC created the position in 2019, Wang led remarkable digital advances by UC Libraries, including the formation of the Digital Scholarship Center as a catalyst of transdisciplinary research, the exploration of a digital core competence course for undergraduate education, the creation of the university’s digital repository, the development of new digital publishing capacities with the University of Cincinnati Press, and the establishment of new services offered through research and data management.
Wang supervises UC’s university press and acquisition of special collections, including the Marian and Donald Spencer Collection of civil rights archives and the Neil Armstrong Commemorative Archives. He also oversees the preservation of rare books, as well as long-term stewardship of digital assets preservation.
Prior to joining UC, Wang served as associate vice provost of University Libraries at Emory University. He also worked at Johns Hopkins University, Sheridan Libraries, the Metropolitan New York Library Council and Queens Borough Public Library in New York City. Before that, he spent numerous years gaining academic librarian experience in China.
Wang’s research interests include global librarianship and digital scholarship, publishing and consulting internationally. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from Wuhan University in China, a Master of Library Science from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of South Carolina and a Master of Business Administration from Hofstra University.
Wang serves on the governing board of HathiTrust and the Global/America Advisory Council of OCLC, a nonprofit global library organization that provides shared technology services, original research and community programs. He is the convener of the International Federation of Library Associations’ Digital Humanities and Digital Scholarship Special Interest Group and has served on the boards of multiple regional, national and international organizations.
ANDERSON, S.C. —Alexis Ware has been missing from Anderson since Jan. 30 when she was last seen dropping off her children to their father.Her car was found Feb. 2 in McCormick County, South Carolina but she has not been seen or heard from since then.On Tuesday, WYFF News 4 spoke with the McCormick County Sheriff Clarke Stearns about the efforts to find her....
ANDERSON, S.C. —
Alexis Ware has been missing from Anderson since Jan. 30 when she was last seen dropping off her children to their father.
Her car was found Feb. 2 in McCormick County, South Carolina but she has not been seen or heard from since then.
On Tuesday, WYFF News 4 spoke with the McCormick County Sheriff Clarke Stearns about the efforts to find her.
Stearns said her car was found in a rural area that is surrounded by forest and farmland. He said after the car was found authorities did a grid search of 150 on each side of where the car was found. They also used K9s during the search but there were no signs of Ware.
He said on Feb. 3 Anderson County authorities processed the car and it was towed back to Anderson.
Since then Stearns said his office has gotten several tips and they have followed up on each one, including information from a psychic.
On Feb. 8 Stearns said authorities did another search on the property where her car was found. The search area included about four miles of forest and farmland.
He said 35 law enforcement officers and K9s were used. Agents from the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division were on the ground and also provided air support for the search, Stearns said.
Stearns said no evidence was found that Ware was in the area.
McCormick County deputies, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and US Forestry agents have also searched wooded areas of the county as well as Lake Strom Thurmond.
Stearns said there have been several fishing tournaments on the lake since her disappearance and Stearns said he has informed all tournament directors of Ware and handed out her picture in case one of the fishermen sees a clue.
"If we get a sniff of a new location, we search it," Stearns said.
He said they have and are monitoring social media posts which led them to search Hickory Knob State Park and multiple boat ramps in that area.
Ware's mother, Alberta, has told WYFF News 4 that she has gotten numerous messages from a person alleging to know where Alexis Ware is.
"I asked to speak to her, 'Can you send a picture of her?'" Gray said. "They never put her on the phone even though they said they would."
Anyone with information about the investigation is asked to contact the Anderson County Sheriff's Office at 864-260-4405.