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 Newberry, 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 Newberry, 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 Newberry 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 Newberry'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 Newberry.
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 Newberry, 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 Newberry, 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 Newberry, 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 Newberry, 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
It would cost $1,252,798 to equip the entire county's fleet of trucks with new air packs.NEWBERRY, S.C. — The Newberry County Fire Department is working to upgrade aging gear.When it comes to fighting fires, minutes matter."You've got to make the most critical decision at that moment, it's either a go or a no-go," said Robert Dennis.Prosper...
It would cost $1,252,798 to equip the entire county's fleet of trucks with new air packs.
NEWBERRY, S.C. — The Newberry County Fire Department is working to upgrade aging gear.
When it comes to fighting fires, minutes matter.
"You've got to make the most critical decision at that moment, it's either a go or a no-go," said Robert Dennis.
Prosperity Fire Chief Robert Dennis and his 300 volunteer firefighters face another daunting challenge: their aging equipment.
Dennis said their self-contained breathing apparatuses (SCBA) are 1998 and 2002 editions that are out of compliance due to being unable to get any parts if needed.
Breathing clean air isn't a luxury but a necessity during a fire.
"Most importantly you want it to work whenever you have to go into a house fire or smokey environment," said Dennis.
But replacing them isn't cheap.
Newberry County has 11 fire departments that serve 11 districts. However, they fall under the umbrella of Newberry County for financing and support.
According to Dennis, for the last 15 years, the emergency service director has requested extra money to replace air paks, but it has been removed each time, limiting the fire service on what can be purchased.
The fire department used $37,000 from fundraisers and donations to bring one truck up to compliance. Dennis said they still need eight more paks, 16 cylinders, and 16 more masks.
Dennis said it would cost $1,252,798 to equip the entire county's fleet of trucks with new air packs.
"Are the fundraisers going to equip that? No, by no means," said Dennis.
County Administrator Jeff Shacker tells News 19 they are assessing the condition and cost of equipment to create a capital improvement plan.
"We're at a time now where we need to reevaluate the cost and replacement schedule of all those items," said Shacker.
He adds the county gave the fire department $100,000 in this year's budget and is exploring alternative funding sources.
"We need to look at fees, there are some taxes that are allowed under south carolina law that aren't in place in Newberry County," Shacker.
Shacker expects a plan to be finalized by the end of the year.
Dennis said there are five areas needed for the best fire protection for any County: a fire truck, bunker gear, fresh air, communications, and personnel.
He added that Lacking any of these components means a greater risk of loss of property, injury, or worse, death to a firefighter.
"We need support with finances so that we know when we respond to a call, we have the best of the best equipment," said Dennis. "As I addressed the council, sooner than later."
The Newberry County Fire Department's annual fundraiser is in November.
The plan is based on feedback from 400 residents and 200 survey responses.NEWBERRY, S.C. — For the first time, Newberry County has released its first economic development strategic plan.It aims to guide the county as it grows over the next five years, helping create more jobs and businesses.A stroll down Main Street shows downtown Newberry is open for business."We've got an eclectic group of businesses from antique stores to h...
The plan is based on feedback from 400 residents and 200 survey responses.
NEWBERRY, S.C. — For the first time, Newberry County has released its first economic development strategic plan.
It aims to guide the county as it grows over the next five years, helping create more jobs and businesses.
A stroll down Main Street shows downtown Newberry is open for business.
"We've got an eclectic group of businesses from antique stores to hair studios and salons to retail and art. We've got a good mix for everyone downtown," said lifelong Newberry resident Kristina Long.
Long opened Berry Patch Boutique on Main Street in 2021. She said there's even more potential for growth.
"The opera house has gone a really long way and when people come and see a show, they want to eat and shop and have an entire experience while they're here," said Long. "Creating a wholesome conclusive package when they visit Newberry is important."
That growth is the focus of the county's economic development plan.
"We've been really successful with economic development. There's no reason why we can't be better at it," said Newberry County Economic Development Director Rick Farmer.
The plan outlines five goals:
1. Attracting, retaining, and growing businesses
2. Expanding the talent pipeline
3. Investing in the Community
4. Make Newberry County a Choice Location for Businesses, Citizens, and Visitors
5. Be a Leading Economic Development Organization in South Carolina
"We've been very successful at recruiting industries over the years now we need to find a way to improve the skills of our people so that can compete for those better jobs," said Farmer.
Farmer said the 100-page report is based on input from more than 400 residents and 200 survey responses taken over a year.
"The greatest thing about this plan: it's not my plan; it's not the county administrator's plan; it's the community's plan," said Farmer.
Farmer added that the county misses many opportunities because it has no vacant buildings. However, the report includes a plan to develop new speculative buildings so they will be "prepared when companies come knocking."
The plan also creates a "State of the County" event, which Farmer said will be great for accountability.
"You got to stand up there and say, 'Here's what we did last year and here's where we're going next year.' So it's going to force us to be a lot more communicative with the public," said Farmer.
At Figaro Dining Room, manager Chris Campos said he welcomes more competition.
"Another restaurant or two would be great, 'cause when the opera house comes, we fill up, and I have to tell people no, and I hate doing that," said Campos.
The county council is expected to approve this five-year plan next month.
Farmer said the county has already begun implementing some of the recommendations.
Students can look forward to new dining options, a new nursing facility, and a new dorm on campus.NEWBERRY, S.C. — Newberry College is gearing up for the start of classes on Monday, and this year the institution is welcoming its largest-ever freshman class. The campus is bustling with new students and their families as they prepare for the academic year ahead.Nile Holdman, a freshman moving into his new dorm, described his experience, stating, "I...
Students can look forward to new dining options, a new nursing facility, and a new dorm on campus.
NEWBERRY, S.C. — Newberry College is gearing up for the start of classes on Monday, and this year the institution is welcoming its largest-ever freshman class. The campus is bustling with new students and their families as they prepare for the academic year ahead.
Nile Holdman, a freshman moving into his new dorm, described his experience, stating, "It's been calm. I’ve met a few nice people."
Nile is among the 589 first-year students who make up the largest freshman class in the history of Newberry College.
"We’re very excited because it's another year of record growth for us at Newberry. We’re growing in all directions at this point,” said Michael Smith, the Associate Dean for First-Year Experience at Newberry College.
The college has several new developments in the works, said Smith. These include a new dining contract, a nursing building, a field house, and a residence hall, all of which will be introduced in the coming months.
Returning students, like Victoria Noel and Archkela Lane, are also excited about the college's growth. "I’m from here, so it's different to see how the campus is getting bigger, and Newberry is actually getting known for being a really good school," said Lane.
The increase in the student population is having a positive impact on local businesses. Eddie Long, the owner of Genesis Coffee Shop in downtown Newberry, noted an uptick in visitors, saying, "In the last year or two, we’ve definitely seen a big increase of people just coming and hanging out, using the wifi, and getting some coffee to power them through their exams and stuff."
To provide a warm welcome to the new students, the city of Newberry is organizing a welcome weekend downtown, featuring free food and music.
Eddie Long, owner of Genesis Coffee Shop, believes this initiative will greatly benefit local businesses by creating a welcoming environment for newcomers.
"I think that’s going to help a lot of those businesses, that kids aren’t sure where they fit, where they’re welcome, I think that’ll help with that," said Long.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new nursing building is scheduled for August 25th.
Businesses have until Sept. 30 to find a new servicer.COLUMBIA, S.C. — The city of Newberry will no longer pick up trash from commercial businesses.The news is bringing mixed reactions from business owners as they work to ensure they are not left with piles to deal with on their own. A change in the City of Newberry's trash collection is forcing some businesses, like Whitaker Floor Coverings, to find new services."We had three different salesmen in here offering anywhere from a one-year contract to a ten-year ...
Businesses have until Sept. 30 to find a new servicer.
COLUMBIA, S.C. — The city of Newberry will no longer pick up trash from commercial businesses.
The news is bringing mixed reactions from business owners as they work to ensure they are not left with piles to deal with on their own. A change in the City of Newberry's trash collection is forcing some businesses, like Whitaker Floor Coverings, to find new services.
"We had three different salesmen in here offering anywhere from a one-year contract to a ten-year contract, to do it matching the price or even better price, so that seems pretty seamless," said Kevin Whitesides, vice president of sales for the business.
After reviewing the offers, Whitesides decided on a 10-year contract that starts August first.
"We felt pretty great to lock in a price for multiple years with everything rising and an increase in the costs of everyday things," Whitesides said.
Director of Public Works Kip Gunter said rising labor, equipment, and drop-off costs forced the city to get out of the commercial sanitation business.
"A truck is about $400,000 and those costs keep rising," Gunter said. "We feel like our customers could be served better by free market."
According to Gunter, the city notified commercial customers by letter last week. Customers have until Sept. 30 to hire a new service. Any company that has not switched by then may have to pay a penalty.
"There will be no customer left behind, so to speak. We will make sure that everything is seamless," Gunter said.
Gunter added that customers have four service providers to choose from.
But business owner Mij Bolyard, who shares a trash bin with eight other businesses, is worried about the changes.
"I think it's a great convenience to the business owners. I think it's really disturbing to think they'll take it out and that we would all be responsible for our own," Bolyard said. "I certainly think there are other viable solutions."
The city will continue providing other services, including residential collection, limb and leaf removal, and special pickups. The city council also recently approved utility rate increases. They include a 5% increase in water and sewer rates and a 4% increase in electricity.
A miles-long stretch of a Midlands road was closed Monday morning after a gas tanker truck flipped o...
A miles-long stretch of a Midlands road was closed Monday morning after a gas tanker truck flipped over, the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office said.
All lanes of S.C. 202 between Interstate 26 and U.S. 76 were closed after the tanker crash in the Little Mountain area, the sheriff’s office said after 6 a.m.
About a quarter mile area near the crash has been evacuated, according to the sheriff’s office.
No injuries were reported.
The tanker carrying 7,000 gallons of petroleum product was leaking fuel, according to the sheriff’s office.
Information about how much fuel spilled was not available.
At about 8:45 a.m., the sheriff’s office said the leak was contained but several thousands of gallons of fuel remained in the truck.
“Emergency Services are waiting on crews to off load the truck and an environmental clean up company to come clean up (the) spill,” the sheriff’s office said.
Drivers were asked to avoid the area and a daycare facility near the wreck has been closed, the sheriff’s office said.
The road is expected to be closed at least 4 hours, and there was no word about when the scene would be cleared.
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This story was originally published May 8, 2023, 8:45 AM.