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 Orangeburg, 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 Orangeburg, 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 Orangeburg 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 Orangeburg'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 Orangeburg.
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 Orangeburg, 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 Orangeburg, 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 Orangeburg, 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 Orangeburg, 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
A state budget amendment that one senator equated to “censorship” will take away $1 million yearly from Richland Library and “devastate” small and rural county libraries, the library said.“We have seen the increase in attempts to censor what materials families and their children have access to rising in the past months,” Richland Library Executive Director Melanie Huggins said in an statement Friday. “While they have mostly been targeted at schools and school libraries, yesterday a budget amen...
A state budget amendment that one senator equated to “censorship” will take away $1 million yearly from Richland Library and “devastate” small and rural county libraries, the library said.
“We have seen the increase in attempts to censor what materials families and their children have access to rising in the past months,” Richland Library Executive Director Melanie Huggins said in an statement Friday. “While they have mostly been targeted at schools and school libraries, yesterday a budget amendment was passed that would deny SC public libraries state funding.”
“This amendment will devastate small and rural counties who rely on this funding for basic operations,” Huggins said.
Richland Library spokesperson Anika Thomas cast the amendment as too vague for compliance, saying that it will take away books and services from families, children and adults.
“It’s important for us to work with parents to recommend books, movies and services that align with their families,” Thomas said. “We don’t have to do that by excluding things in totality or by taking things off the shelf.”
“What is good for my family may or may not be good for yours,” she said.
The budget amendment would require county libraries to certify that they “do not offer any books or materials that appeal to the prurient interest of children under the age of thirteen in children’s book sections of libraries and are only made available with explicit parental consent.”
If a library were found to not be in compliance, it could risk losing state funding.
The budget amendment passed in the Senate. The amendment would have to get the approval of the House of Representatives and the governor to go into effect.
Sen. Josh Kimbrell, R-Spartanburg, sponsored the amendment. In debate on Tuesday, he said, “My point is to not put pornographic material in the hands of kids.”
Sen. Brad Hutto, D-Orangeburg, said the amendment would punish libraries for having classic literature like “The Scarlet Letter,” a 19th century novel dealing with adultery that’s seen as a hallmark of the literary style of the United States at the time and frequently read by high school classes.
“I can’t believe that this Senate is thinking about going on record in favor of censorship,” Hutto said. “This amendment is broad enough to ban the Bible.”
Taking materials and services out of libraries amounts to “infringing on the rights of others” and will “alienate” some families and children, Thomas said
“We believe that parents have the right on how their children navigate the library,” she said.
If parents don’t want their children reading about trucks, they can work with an educated and experienced librarian to find them books about planes, trains and cars, Thomas said as an example of how libraries can provide materials to certain families while not alienating others.
Libraries already have policies and procedures in place to keep pornography off shelves, so “there’s no need for the state to come in and create policies that already exist,” Thomas said.
While the amendment is focused on books, the financial hit would affect more than material on shelves.
Richland Library is a national award-winning organization because of all the other services it provides beyond loaning books, Thomas said. Those services include a program to earn a high school diploma, reading help for dyslexic children, helping finding jobs, health services and much more.
All those services are put in jeopardy if the budget amendment passes, Thomas said.
Live Stats: Game 1 | Game 2 | Game 3BALTIMORE, Md. (April 27, 2022)--The Morgan State softball team w...
BALTIMORE, Md. (April 27, 2022)--The Morgan State softball team will look to claim the 2022 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) regular season crown this weekend and the No. 1 seed in the upcoming league tournament when it entertains the Eagles of North Carolina Central (NCCU) at Lois T. Murray Field to close out the MEAC regular season.
This will be the first meeting between the two programs since last season's MEAC championship game. The three-game series gets underway on Saturday, April 30 with a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. and will conclude on Sunday, May 1 with a single-game at 12 p.m.
Sunday's contest will be a special day, as it will mark Senior Day. Morgan State will honor its four seniors (Aliya Ewell, Kyley Fijalkowski, Tayven Rousseau and Cayla Sweazie) prior to the game. Morgan State will also unveil its 2021 MEAC Championship banner.
"When we played Central in the championship last year, they were a pretty good team. We beat them and I thought we stacked up pretty well against them," said Morgan State head coach Larry Hineline. "They score some runs and they're not pushovers. So, it will be a competitive weekend."
The Lady Bears (26-13, 15-3 MEAC) head into the final weekend of the conference schedule in a first-place tie with Norfolk State (30-17, 15-3 MEAC) in the league standings. Morgan State holds the tiebreaker over Norfolk State. The Spartans, who first visit North Carolina State on Wednesday, close out their MEAC schedule this weekend on the road at Maryland Eastern Shore.
Morgan State, which is riding a season-long 11-game winning streak, traveled to Orangeburg S.C last weekend and swept their series against South Carolina State.
The Lady Bears, who lead the league in team ERA at 1.56, carry the top three rankings in the MEAC for individual ERA. Melissa Paz, who ranks fourth in the nation, has an ERA of 0.51 to lead the MEAC. Victoria Fletcher ranks second at 1.92, while Anaya Hunte (2.19) is third. Hunte leads the league in strikeouts with 114 and is second in wins with 13.
Offensively, Mia and Aliya Ewell lead the lead in triples with seven and Tayven Rousseau is tied for second in doubles with 13. Asia Thomas ranks second in walks with 29. Mia Ewell is third in stolen bases with 22, while Thomas ranks fifth with 17.
The Eagles (11-31, 8-10 MEAC) are coming off a 9-1 non-conference loss at East Carolina on Tuesday. Senior Madison Mifsud hit her fourth home run of the season to account for NCCU's lone run of the game.
As a team, NCCU ranks second in total homers with 31. Hailey Batista and Jaylah Barr are tied for second in the MEAC in home runs with seven apiece.
"I expect us to do well, especially in the pitching department. But I respect them," said Hineline. "They've got some hitters, they're capable of scoring runs and they're capable of staying in a ball game. We just can't make a lot of mistakes. If we do that and our pitching comes to pitch and we don't make defensive mistakes, we should do pretty well against them."
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Raymond and Keiosha Hamilton worked for two years on their degrees not realizing they could graduate together.ORANGEBURG, S.C. — Like father, like son, or in this case, like daughter. On Tuesday, Raymond and Keiosha Hamilton graduated from Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College together."I think we realized in January. She said 'This is my last semester' and I said, 'It's my last semester too'," Raymond said. "So I guess we'll be graduating...
Raymond and Keiosha Hamilton worked for two years on their degrees not realizing they could graduate together.
ORANGEBURG, S.C. — Like father, like son, or in this case, like daughter. On Tuesday, Raymond and Keiosha Hamilton graduated from Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College together.
"I think we realized in January. She said 'This is my last semester' and I said, 'It's my last semester too'," Raymond said. "So I guess we'll be graduating a the same time, and I said, 'Yeah, I guess so'."
After two years of working on their respective degrees, the pair are finally walking away with their diplomas. Keiosha graduated from nursing school, and Raymond now has an engineering degree.
While his daughter went to school during the day, Raymond went at night.
Both say it was hard work but they are glad it has come to an end.
"It feels great, I hope I can get some sleep now," Raymond said. "I'm used to being riled up all the time and wondering what's due and where to go next so I'm glad to be done,"Keiosha added.
His daughter was there to help him every step of the way, talking about classes, and even helping him with his homework when needed.
"It's like when I was little and I used to get in trouble... Haha but it's going to be my job to help people for the rest of my life so.."
College president, Dr. Walt Tobin says it is pretty unusual to see a father and daughter graduate together but he hopes the neat circumstances serve as an example for others.
"This shows how people are creating generation wealth by earning a college credential," Tobin said. "That puts those folks on a path to a successful career and a good life for themselves and their families."
With two years of nursing school under her belt, Keiosha hopes to start working at a local hospital sometime soon, and her father is hoping to get promoted at work.
ORANGEBURG, SC – South Carolina State Athletics launched a major gifts fund-raising initiative in 2018 to raise money to increase student-athlete scholarship support and upgrade some of the current athletic facilities. On April 21st, the university and friends celebrated surpassing the fund-raising goal of $1.78 Million by raising a total of $3 Million over the past four years.The celebration coincided with the, “A Night of Celebration” with The Champions”, honoring the 2021 HBCU National Champ...
ORANGEBURG, SC – South Carolina State Athletics launched a major gifts fund-raising initiative in 2018 to raise money to increase student-athlete scholarship support and upgrade some of the current athletic facilities. On April 21st, the university and friends celebrated surpassing the fund-raising goal of $1.78 Million by raising a total of $3 Million over the past four years.
The celebration coincided with the, “A Night of Celebration” with The Champions”, honoring the 2021 HBCU National Champion SC State Football Team. During the event, Director of Athletics, Stacy Danley and Campaign Co- Chair and Board of Trustee, Douglas Gantt, presented a check in the amount of $3 Million to Board of Trustee Chairman, Mr. Rodney Jenkins and SCSU President Col. Alexander Conyers.
“Our coaching staff and our athletes work extremely hard to be competitive and to win,” said Trustee Gantt, Pfizer Senior Representative, and campaign co-chair. “What they have needed is financial and fan support. This additional funding will allow us to close financial gaps created by university budget constraints, and most importantly, it will help us to become more competitive within the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and regain our championship ways. Our coaches and athletes deserve our very best as alums, fans and supporters.”
The initiative – called RISE…with Bulldog Tenacity! Renovate, Innovate, Scholarship, & Excellence: A Major Gift Initiative for South Carolina State Athletics – has enabled SC State Athletics to:
New scoreboards are also planned for the women’s soccer, softball, football, and basketball facilities before next season.
During the National Championship event, Athletics Director Stacy Danley, announced that the athletic department will be moving into Phase II of RISE in the coming months. He is excited to build on the momentum he and the university witnessed in Phase I.
“RISE has transformed the culture of giving around SC State Athletics,” said AD Danley. We are excited about what the future holds. We must remember that we are in the business of educating and graduating young people. It is our goal to provide an environment that fosters student-athlete welfare and enhances the overall student-athlete experience.”
COLUMBIA -- Orangeburg County's Deion Jamison, an English teacher at Legacy Early College in Greenville with the South Carolina Public Charter School District, is the 2023 South Carolina Teacher of the Year.The announcement was made Wednesday night by state Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman at the annual South Carolina Teacher of the Year Gala."Deion exhibits the qualities and characteristics that we want to see in every current and future South Carolina educator," Spearman said. "He is so deserving of t...
COLUMBIA -- Orangeburg County's Deion Jamison, an English teacher at Legacy Early College in Greenville with the South Carolina Public Charter School District, is the 2023 South Carolina Teacher of the Year.
The announcement was made Wednesday night by state Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman at the annual South Carolina Teacher of the Year Gala.
"Deion exhibits the qualities and characteristics that we want to see in every current and future South Carolina educator," Spearman said. "He is so deserving of this tremendous honor, and I know he will do a fantastic job advocating and representing our over 55,000 teachers this next year."
Jamison became interested in teaching as a child, but the career choice was solidified after recognizing the disparities in education in South Carolina between districts.
As a Bill & Melinda Gates Millennium Scholar and product of Orangeburg County schools (the former Orangeburg County Consolidated School District 3), he ascribes to the proverb "to whom much is given, much is required," further influencing his decision to teach.
Jamison believes that education is liberation and teaches his students skills such as collaboration, critical thinking, and problem solving to address the world's most pressing issues.
His work has been recognized nationally through the National Council of Teachers of English and Teach for America as an Early Career Educator of Color Leadership Award recipient. He is also the recipient of the Sue Lehmann Excellence in Teacher Leadership Award. Aside from accolades, Jamison is most proud of creating brave, inclusive spaces for culturally and linguistically diverse students to thrive and sharing those practices with colleagues within his school, the state, and nation to promote equity in education.
As part of the state Teacher of the Year awards program, he will receive $25,000 and a brand-new BMW for one year.
Considered one of the country's strongest, the South Carolina Teacher of the Year program celebrates excellence and strengthens the teaching force by honoring and recognizing exceptional teachers on a district, state, and national level. These awards not only assist in retention efforts but serve as a powerful recruitment tool.
The South Carolina Teacher of the Year serves for one school year as a roving ambassador providing mentoring, attending speaking engagements, working with teacher cadets and teaching fellows, leading the State Teacher Forum, and serving as the state spokesperson for over 55,000 educators.