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
NEWBERRY, S.C. — According to numbers from the 2020 U.S. Census, Newberry County’s population declined by a little more than 200 people over a 10 year period. While the City of Newberry’s population grew by about 400. As proof of that growth, the town’s mayor says the city has been welcoming more business and development—which are helping the local economy."I have seen Newberry improve and grow over the years that I’v...
NEWBERRY, S.C. — According to numbers from the 2020 U.S. Census, Newberry County’s population declined by a little more than 200 people over a 10 year period. While the City of Newberry’s population grew by about 400. As proof of that growth, the town’s mayor says the city has been welcoming more business and development—which are helping the local economy.
"I have seen Newberry improve and grow over the years that I’ve been here," said Newberry resident Marquetie Palmer.
Palmer moved to the City of Newberry in 1993. She said over the last decade, Newberry has developed into a great city.
"It’s a good mix of the big box and the small mom-and-pop businesses that we have like these downtown, that offer really unique things also," Palmer said. "So, it’s a great variety for the community and the people that live here."
According to the city's Mayor, Foster Senn, Newberry has been experiencing a lot of economic progress within the last year.
"Some new stores just opened," Mayor Senn said. "Harbor Freight, they got off to a good start. Popeyes opened a couple weeks ago. Big Lots opens tomorrow (May 12). There’s a new Huddle House that’s coming, so that’s some of the retail stores that are coming. And we have a new subdivision that’s getting 50 houses."
Mayor Senn told News 19, if the economy continues to grow in Newberry, more job opportunities will open up and more residents will move to the area.
"We have a good foundation here," Mayor Senn said. "So, if the national economy does well, our factories will do well. Jobs will stay and keep up and we’ll be able to attract more businesses that people are interested in."
Resident Rachel Redd said she has lived in Newberry her whole life and has watched the city grow and progress for the better.
"We used to be a really small town, kind of like Prosperity," Redd said. "I really like how we brought new people in, how we have new businesses, and how everything is being built up."
Outside the city limits, a tissue paper warehouse is also expected to bring nearly 100 more jobs to the county, once construction is complete.
NEWBERRY, S.C. – After a career filled with success that was capped off by picking up the 2021 South Atlantic Conference championships and the team’s first NCAA playoff win since 2006, former Newberry College football member ...
NEWBERRY, S.C. – After a career filled with success that was capped off by picking up the 2021 South Atlantic Conference championships and the team’s first NCAA playoff win since 2006, former Newberry College football member David Vereen has been signed as an undrafted free-agent by the Baltimore Ravens and will look to try and earn a spot on their 53-man roster for the upcoming season.
“My reaction was filled with excitement and gratitude,” Vereen said when he got the official call that. “It’s been a long journey and I’m just thankful for everything.”
That long journey started during his high school years at South Florence High School where he was a three-time All-State, two-time All-region and a two-time All-Zone player. He was selected for the North-South All-Star game as well during his senior season. He joined the Wolves in the fall of 2017 and immediately made an impact as he played in eight games overall after making the switch from the offensive to the defensive side of the ball.
“Newberry showed me how to embrace the grind,” said Vereen when asked what sets him apart from others vying for a spot on a 53-man roster. “My work ethic will make me a difference maker at the next level. A lot of players are talented, yet their work ethic doesn’t always match their skills.” His work ethic at Newberry paid off as he became a starting cornerback for the Wolves during his sophomore campaign starting 11 games while leading the conference with 15 passes defended on the year, including two interceptions. That mark was the second-most in a season in program history at the time.
While he missed the 2019 season due to injury, he played in every game throughout the 2021 spring and fall seasons, helping the Wolves to a conference championship and to an upset over the defending national champions in the first round of the NCAA playoffs. Vereen recalls that it was one moment that truly changed his path to success on the gridiron.
“I would say Coach Steve Flynn, I still remember the day he pulled me to the side after practice and told me I had all the tools to be a good player and, if I put everything together, I would be special.”
While Vereen has succeeded at the high school and college levels and has the opportunity to play at the highest level of the sport, he remained humble in his message to future Wolves in how to succeed in life and sport. “Anything that is worth having will not be easily attained,” he added. “Everything is not going to go your way. Always remember to stay the course and when you do reach your goal, it will make all your struggles worth it.”
Vereen and his fellow rookies just wrapped up Rookie Minicamp with the Ravens and now will continue to work through the off-season until reporting for the team’s first organized team activities from May 24-26.
A plant is considered native if it has occurred naturally in a particular region or ecosystem without human introduction. There are many benefits in growing native plants.First, these plants are better adapted to soils, moisture and weather than exotic plants that evolved in other parts of the world. They need less fertilizers, pesticides or use less water.Second, they are unlikely to escape and become invasive, destroying natural habitats. Third, they support wildlife, provide shelter and food for native birds and insects, whi...
A plant is considered native if it has occurred naturally in a particular region or ecosystem without human introduction. There are many benefits in growing native plants.
First, these plants are better adapted to soils, moisture and weather than exotic plants that evolved in other parts of the world. They need less fertilizers, pesticides or use less water.
Second, they are unlikely to escape and become invasive, destroying natural habitats. Third, they support wildlife, provide shelter and food for native birds and insects, while exotic plants do not.
There are many varieties of native plants. During spring planting, here are a few species that work best in our region of the state, (with full sun). There are numerous other varieties for shade or part sun locations. These are some of my favorites: Carolina jessamine, gelsemium sempervirens – S.C. state flower, passionflower, passiflora incarnata, butterfly weed, asclepias tuberosa, wild indigo, baptisia spp. A nitrogen fixer, black eyed susan, rudbeckia fulgida, coral honeysuckle, lonicera sempervirens – Flowers visited by hummingbirds, cinnamon fern, osmunda cinnamomea – for nesting birds, atamasco lily, zephyranthese atamasco, lyreleaf sage, salvia lyrate, wild geranium, geranium maculatum.
To introduce wildlife to your yard, balcony, work landscape, or any greenspace, you need four basic elements. It is fun, easy and makes a big difference for neighborhood wildlife. Get started by providing these basics.
– Places to raise young.
Use sustainable gardening practices to make your garden safe for wildlife:
Conserve water and control water runoff
• Use drip irrigation or soaker hoses instead of oscillating sprinklers as they result in less water loss due to evaporation.
• Position watering devices to prevent water loss by water falling in storm gutters, walkways or in the street.
• Mulch beds to help retain soil moisture.
Reduce fossil-fuel energy use
• Get some exercise and do some hand digging.
• Pull weeds by hand. This is often more effective and less damaging than resorting to chemical sprays.
Deal with yard and garden “waste” in a sound way
• Develop your own compost pile so you can return the valuable plant material back to the soil in your yard.
• Don’t send plant-based garden waste to a landfill. Instead support your local yard waste recycling program for any materials you can’t compost and use in your own yard.
• Tolerate minor insect damage in your yard and garden and work to increase the number of beneficials. Beneficials are a particular set of insects that feed on pests, such as aphids, mites, caterpillars, worms, etc. Spraying with a pesticide can place harmful chemicals in the environment and may kill beneficials or damage nearby plants.
• Learn which plant diseases are harmful to your plants and which are just a cosmetic nuisance that will not affect the health of your tree, shrub, or perennial.
• Get a soil test before you add fertilizer and or lime to your yard or garden and follow the recommendation. Over fertilizing can lead to excess plant growth, which can be more susceptible to diseases. Trying to grow a plant in a soil outside its recommended pH range will result in poor growth or death. Also, fertilizer runoff can pollute streams and groundwater.
Crista Lukoski is the district coordinator for the Newberry Soil and Water Conservation District, she can be reached at 803-597-3160 or email@example.com.
As the first quarter of 2022 comes to a close, the Young Professionals of Newberry County have already had an incredibly busy and productive year.On February 25, we held our first social gathering of the year at Genesis Hub. Young professionals were able to network and socialize while enjoying excellent beverages and service from Genesis Hub. A few weeks later, on April 14, we hosted a very well attended Happy Hour at Half Full – Coffee and Wine Bar. Half Full is a consistent favorite in our community and always feels like comin...
As the first quarter of 2022 comes to a close, the Young Professionals of Newberry County have already had an incredibly busy and productive year.
On February 25, we held our first social gathering of the year at Genesis Hub. Young professionals were able to network and socialize while enjoying excellent beverages and service from Genesis Hub. A few weeks later, on April 14, we hosted a very well attended Happy Hour at Half Full – Coffee and Wine Bar. Half Full is a consistent favorite in our community and always feels like coming home when the Newberry Young Professionals gather there. Supporting community events is one of the most important aspects of our organization.
At the end of April, many of our members worked with the chamber of commerce at Newberry’s annual Pork in the Park barbecue competition.
Another important aspect of our organization is our philanthropy projects. Our Free Little Pantry project that began in 2021 is proving to be a tremendous success. The first pantry was placed in the Mollohon community at Summer Memorial Lutheran Church. To participate in this project, feel free to visit our Free Little Pantry and leave donations of nonperishable foods or other household products. We hope to have two more pantries in other communities in the county by the end of the year.
Earlier in the year, one of the members of our Board of Directors, Sheridan Murray, moved on to new opportunities in Florence, South Carolina. We greatly appreciate all of Sheridan’s hard work over the past couple of years with the Newberry Young Professionals and wish her the best of luck in her future ventures. With Sheridan’s departure, the remaining members of the Board of Directors nominated Mary Alex Kopp to serve on the board. Mary Alex is the director of public relations and special events at Able South Carolina. We are incredibly excited to work with Mary Alex as a member of our board.
The Newberry Young Professionals is for anyone ages 21-40 who work, play, or live in Newberry County and we are always welcoming new members. If you want to engage in philanthropies that impact the community, develop professional skills that will increase your understanding of the current workforce, and network with like-minded peers, we would like to invite you to join us. To get more information on how to join, sponsor, volunteer with or to donate to the Newberry Young Professionals, our philanthropy projects, and events please visit our web page on the Newberry County Chamber of Commerce website under “Programs” and follow us on social media.
Jared Wicker is the vice president of the Newberry County Young Professionals.
“We have seen more COVID patients at NCMH, and we are seeing younger people,” said Brenda Williams of Newberry County Memorial Hospital. Nationally, 80-90% of hospitalized COVID patients are unvaccinated. Vaccines are available daily in Newberry, including at CVS, Doctors Care, Lorex, Lovelace, Walgreens, Walmart and the Health Department on Wilson Road.“This is great we’re having so many ribbon-cuttings. Business seems to be doing well,” said Liz MacDonald of the Newberry County Chamber of Commerce at th...
“We have seen more COVID patients at NCMH, and we are seeing younger people,” said Brenda Williams of Newberry County Memorial Hospital. Nationally, 80-90% of hospitalized COVID patients are unvaccinated. Vaccines are available daily in Newberry, including at CVS, Doctors Care, Lorex, Lovelace, Walgreens, Walmart and the Health Department on Wilson Road.
“This is great we’re having so many ribbon-cuttings. Business seems to be doing well,” said Liz MacDonald of the Newberry County Chamber of Commerce at the ribbon-cutting of Newberry Consignments and Antiques, a neat, new store at 1100 Caldwell Street beside The Gallery and owned by Linda Rollins.
Munson Music and Books is now open at 1209 Main Street with owners Munson and Kira Summer offering music lessons in-person and on Skype and selling books from local authors. Munson can teach lessons for any instrument—wow—and they’ve built an impressive stage in their store.
Quilt Werks will open soon and sell quilting supplies at 1505 Main Street, next to the Ritz Theater. Kristina Long will open Berry Patch Boutique in the Carpenter Building at 1220 Main on Oct. 1, offering womens’ boutique clothing brands and accessories. Kristina has built a successful online business since 2017 at www.shoptheberrypatchboutique.com.
On Wilson Road, Popeyes recently began construction on a new restaurant, which means the popular Popeyes chicken sandwich is coming to Newberry. And after stopping construction at the start of the pandemic, Huddle House says they have a new general contractor who should re-start construction on the Huddle House on Wilson Road fairly soon.
“The winner of the Municipal Association of South Carolina Joseph P. Riley Award for Economic Development is the City of Newberry for its broadband fiber project,” said MASC president Cornelius Huff. We were proud to accept the statewide award for the city’s highly successful fiber to the home project, which was completed with our partner WC Fiber.
Other successful city government efforts this summer included the Gully Washer Splash Park, which hosted approximately 10,000 patrons this summer. And the city utility department held a ribbon-cutting for its new three-million-gallon water tank on Airport Road, increasing the water storage supply for Newberry residents and businesses.
SCDOT announced they will close the Boundary Street bridge on Sept. 13, and a new bridge will be built over the next two years. DOT originally said in 2013 they would close that bridge permanently and not replace it. But, a large crowd of citizens and local government officials gathered at a DOT hearing at the county library in March 2013 to express their disagreement. DOT changed their mind, re-grouped and will now build a new bridge, thankfully.
There’s good news for the future when trying to turn left at the I-26 ramp when returning from Columbia. Based on a new traffic study, DOT says they will add signal lights at both I-26 ramps at 219, exiting from Columbia and Spartanburg. That project will start in the next 4-6 months, said Nick Rebovich of DOT, and we are grateful.
“We feel the support of the community for the National Guard in Newberry,” said the full-time guardsman at an event at the Newberry Armory this summer. “For example, by rule we can’t accept anyone’s offer to pay for our meals if we’re at restaurants. But, I’ve had more people in Newberry anonymously pay for our meals than anywhere I’ve ever been, and I’ve been assigned to armories all over the state.”
A spirit of remembrance and community continues strong in Newberry this fall. On the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the U.S., the Newberry Museum will hold a tribute on Sept. 11 to First Responders with many displays and will continue the special exhibit through Oct. 9. Thursday, Jimmie Coggins of WKDK will interview Newberry citizens Christie Whitaker and Joe Palmer, both of whom were in New York shortly after 9/11, for their reflections.
The popular Newberry Ag Expo and Rodeo is this weekend, and the local committee is working hard in preparation. The Newberry Opera House has a new, exciting schedule, and the Newberry Art Center has numerous fun classes. The Wolves football home opener is Saturday as Newberry College takes on North Greenville.
Finally, with many people cooking-out, I heard the following cooking advice at a large barbecue fundraiser this summer. An older man approached one of the large cooking grills and asked the head cook, his son-in-law, to raise the grill so he could see the spread. “No, sir,” the head cook said. “‘Cause if you looking, it isn’t cooking.”
Thank you for all you are doing.
Foster Senn is the mayor of Newberry. His columns appear periodically in The Newberry Observer.