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
In the shadow of a pedestrian bridge that bears his wife’s name, Congressman James Clyburn helped break ground on Tuesday for a new project designed to give pedestrians and bicyclists a safe, beautiful corridor.“It’s important for me to be here because this project happens to run adjacent to another highway department project named in honor of my late wife,” Clyburn said.“To improve this entire area is something that needs to be done. It will change the attitude of the students who come here every ...
In the shadow of a pedestrian bridge that bears his wife’s name, Congressman James Clyburn helped break ground on Tuesday for a new project designed to give pedestrians and bicyclists a safe, beautiful corridor.
“It’s important for me to be here because this project happens to run adjacent to another highway department project named in honor of my late wife,” Clyburn said.
“To improve this entire area is something that needs to be done. It will change the attitude of the students who come here every day. I know how uplifting it is to me personally to have the ambiance of a place looking right,” he said.
The project includes improvements for the U.S. Highway 21/178 Bypass (Chestnut Street) corridor near the entrance of South Carolina State University.
Once completed, the project will include rehabilitated sidewalks; stamped crosswalks; landscaped and fenced medians; a shared-use path from Goff Avenue to Bellville Road; retrofitted stairs to the S.C. State pedestrian overpass and black, powder-coated mast arms and pedestrian equipment at the intersections of U.S. Highway 601, Goff Avenue and Wilkinson Boulevard.
The project was developed through coordination with the South Carolina Department of Transportation, the Lower Savannah Council of Governments and Orangeburg County to upgrade pedestrian safety along the corridor and improve pedestrian connectivity.
“This project would not move forward without the many partners who worked tirelessly to identify and commit the necessary funding, $12 million in total, to bring this project to fruition,” SCDOT Deputy Secretary for Engineering Leland Colvin said.
Clyburn was instrumental in getting federal funding earmarked for the project.
“We would not be here without the funding secured at the federal level that accounts for over 80 percent of the total project funding for the improvements on Chestnut Street that we are getting ready to start with,” Colvin said. “I would also like to thank Orangeburg County and the Lower Savannah Council of Governments for their contributions to complete the funding package.”
Orangeburg County Council presented a check for $1.3 million after breaking ground.
“This is a project that is very well needed, and the money has just been sitting there for over 20 years,” Clyburn said. “It can be used for this purpose, and it fit very neatly into the Transportation Department’s goals for the entire region.
“It started with the pedestrian overpass. I expect by this time next year, the stuff at the Railroad Corner will be up and going. That’s what happens, it takes some time to do the planning, but once it breaks, things seem to fall into place.”
The 93-foot pedestrian bridge over Chestnut Street was renamed the Dr. Emily England Clyburn Pedestrian Bridge in 2018.
S.C. State alum Alex Bennett will serve as project engineer.
He said the project will promote safety for pedestrian and bike traffic, and provide a separation between them and the roadway traffic.
“It’s a humbling experience, coming back 10 years after graduation and not having any idea I would be serving in this role,” Bennett said. “It feels good to come back full circle and provide a benefit to the campus, as well as the city and county of Orangeburg.”
Construction should begin sometime this summer and be completed in the fourth quarter of 2023, Bennett said. He expects it take about 18 months.
The Orangeburg County Library was awarded a $10,000 grant that it plans to use to conduct on-site developmental screenings from children ages 0-5.ORANGEBURG COUNTY, S.C. — The Orangeburg County Library received a $10,000 grant from the South Carolina Infant Mental Health Association. The plan is to use the funds to conduct on-site developmental screenings for chil...
The Orangeburg County Library was awarded a $10,000 grant that it plans to use to conduct on-site developmental screenings from children ages 0-5.
The plan is to use the funds to conduct on-site developmental screenings for children five and under starting next month.
When it comes to recognizing the signs of your child experiencing mental illness, mental health professionals in Orangeburg County say the signs could start to show before children reach the age of five.
“Just monitoring the child, knowing what to look for during those screenings and those small little things can help us know if that child is on track to crawl, to walk, to say certain words, to recognize certain words," said Orangeburg County Library social worker Bodequia Simon. Simon says these screenings will help address signs of developmental and mental health illnesses early on.
Other mental health professionals say often times, developmental and mental health issues in children go hand in hand.
“A lot of times a child’s behavior is a result of their mental health issues. That’s just the way to respond," said children, adolescents, and family services director at Orangeburg Area Mental Health Services Bernita Jones.
She says for children who are diagnosed with autism or ADHD, this may show up through signs of aggression or resistance to authority.
According to Jones, the stigma surrounding mental health sometimes has parents thinking twice about asking for help.
“That’s what we’re definitely trying to stomp out so to speak and let them know that if we do address these issues early on, we have a better chance that these children become more productive, self-sufficient citizens of society.”
For more information about resources available at the Orangeburg Area Mental Health Center, visit the South Carolina Department of Mental Health website. For more information about resources available at the Orangeburg County Library, visit their Facebook page.
Orangeburg City Council recently passed a resolution recognizing Juneteenth as an official city holiday.Juneteenth is already a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the emancipation of enslaved African-Americans.The resolution means city and DPU employees will have Monday, June 20 off as a holiday.Council held off approving the holiday until it studied the financial impact of the city.It was determined that the financial impact would not be overly adverse to the city, Evering said. The impact to the ...
Orangeburg City Council recently passed a resolution recognizing Juneteenth as an official city holiday.
Juneteenth is already a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the emancipation of enslaved African-Americans.
The resolution means city and DPU employees will have Monday, June 20 off as a holiday.
Council held off approving the holiday until it studied the financial impact of the city.
It was determined that the financial impact would not be overly adverse to the city, Evering said. The impact to the city would be $30,000 and for DPU approximately $45,000, according to city and DPU officials.
City Council unanimously approved the holiday during a meeting held earlier this month.
City officials say they contacted Norfolk Southern Railroad requesting the railroad company remove standing box cars and railroad ties along Boulevard Street.
City Administrator Sidney Evering said all the rail cars have been removed. He was informed a salvage company is scheduled to remove the railroad ties. Evering said he has requested the removal of the railroad ties be expedited.
Councilman Bernard Haire noted there have been rail ties in front of the president’s house on Claflin University’s campus for at least three years and asked Evering to see if the railroad can have the salvage company remove those as well.
The city of Orangeburg is setting aside $300,000 in federal COVID relief money to assist nonprofits within the city.
Religious and charitable organizations located within the city can receive up to $50,000 in American Rescue Plan Act money under a city council-approved disbursement, Evering said.
“If you apply, that doesn't necessarily mean you will get or receive $50,000. That would just be the maximum,” Evering said.
Evering explained there will be an application process and recipients will be determined by a grant committee.
Organizations will be vetted prior to their application being fully considered, Evering said.
Applications for the funding will be on the city's website: www.orangeburg.sc.us. The information will also be made available on social media platforms.
The application deadline is Aug. 1. The awards will be announced Sept. 16.
Funds will be allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Evering said the city hopes to expend all funds by Dec. 31, 2025.
The city will be accepting state Accommodations Tax funding applications from tourism-related organizations in the middle of August. The city has not dispersed the funds in the past two years due to COVID.
The funds can be used on the promotion of tourism, arts and cultural events; construction and operation of facilities for civic and cultural activities; public safety and health facilities that serve tourists; public facilities; tourist shuttles and visitor information centers.
Only agencies in the city will qualify for the funds and the funds are to help promote or pay for events coming into the city.
If an organization is located outside of the city but is hosting an event in the city, they could also qualify for the funds, City Parks and Recreation Director Shaniqua J. Simmons said.
Applications for funding will be reviewed and recommendations made by an advisory committee. City Council will eventually be the final body to approve the funds.
The application will be available on the city’s website. The process should be done by the second week of September.
For more information about the process of applying to receive funding, contact Simmons at 803-533-6020.
• Council gave unanimous second reading to an ordinance amending the Department of Public Utilities’ budget for its automated water metering project by $1.1 million. The project's total was increased due to escalating costs.
The AMI project is placing automated meters at every residence and business in the DPU service area. The system will allow customers to track their water usage online and more easily detect water leaks.
DPU had budgeted $6.5 million for the project.
The project will start this year and could take up to a year to complete, depending on the availability of materials and supplies, DPU Manager Warren Harley said.
DPU officials say the money is available in DPU’s reserves.
• Council unanimously gave second reading to an ordinance increasing the budget for the Hampton Street sewer project by no more than $750,000, for a total amended budget of $1.2 million.
A part of the project will be paid for with about $500,000 in grant funds.
The project is contracted to Columbia-based GH Smith Construction Inc.
The money is available in DPU's reserve fund.
The project includes the replacement of the 8-inch sewer main, 19 manholes and associated infrastructure.
• Council recognized determination as the community of character trait for the month of June.
• Council entered into closed session to discuss contractual matters related to the city's agreement with South Carolina State University as it relates to the Hillcrest Golf Course; the fire tax district; American Rescue Plan Act grant funding; a property management agreement; and the Northwood Estates Sewer System.
In the latest troubling twist to the Bowen Turner saga in South Carolina, this news outlet has learned that two of the three alleged victims of the accused teen rapist were treated by a well-known local physician after they were attacked.Not only that, the doctor – a prominent local pediatrician – is said to have inquired as to the status of the high-profile case on more than one occasion. Her practice has als...
In the latest troubling twist to the Bowen Turner saga in South Carolina, this news outlet has learned that two of the three alleged victims of the accused teen rapist were treated by a well-known local physician after they were attacked.
Not only that, the doctor – a prominent local pediatrician – is said to have inquired as to the status of the high-profile case on more than one occasion. Her practice has also been accused of withholding medical records related to the case.
Why does this matter?
Because the doctor who treated these girls – Tracy Macpherson – is married to the man who controversially defended their alleged rapist.
That’s right … Macpherson’s husband represented the man accused of raping these girls at the time she was providing them with medical care.
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As I reported last week, Hutto is not representing Turner on the latest round of charges filed against him, however he and the office of embattled S.C. second circuit solicitor Bill Weeks negotiated a sweetheart plea deal for the accused teen rapist back in April. Previously, Hutto slut-shamed one of the victims in this case in open court.
That ridiculously lenient sentence drew national outrage …
The other two sexual assault charges against Turner were controversially dropped by Weeks’ office, although one of those cases – involving the late Dallas Stoller – is currently under review. Stoller tragically took her own life last fall due in part to a sustained bullying campaign by Turner’s defenders in and around Orangeburg, S.C., a town of approximately 12,500 located nearly forty miles southeast of the state capital of Columbia.
Last week, Stoller’ family obtained medical records from Macpherson’s practice. These records revealed that Stoller was seen nine times by Macpherson in the aftermath of the attack against her.
Records for almost all of these visits were provided to the family, however the paperwork from an August 1, 2019 visit was reportedly not provided.
That’s significant because an emotional assessment of Stoller was said to have been conducted during the August visit – one which likely would have shed light on her increasingly frayed and fragile mental and physical condition due to the attack and subsequent bullying.
“After the assault Dallas suffered from some pretty severe anxiety and depression – (and) PTSD,” her sister Brette Tabatabai told me. “Couldn’t sleep. Had horrible nightmares. Couldn’t focus.”
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Stoller (above) also suffered from severe, recurring abdominal pain – which was eventually attributed to all the stress and anxiety she was experiencing.
Macpherson treated her for this pain – right around the same time her husband was in court basically calling one of Turner’s other alleged victims a whore.
“Maybe she was just doing her job – we don’t know,” Tabatabai said. “But it’s definitely not a good look”
In addition to treating Stoller following the assault against her, Macpherson also treated Turner’s first alleged victim. Meanwhile, a nurse practitioner at the clinic saw Bess in the aftermath of the attack against her.
According to her office manager, Macpherson was seeing patients on Monday morning and not immediately available to provide comment for this story. Hutto has consistently refused to respond to inquiries from this news outlet related to this case.
To be clear: I am not saying Macpherson has violated her Hippocratic Oath – a part of which requires her to keep information regarding her clients confidential. Nor am I saying Hutto is guilty of anything vis-à-vis his wife’s vocation – although he clearly failed to do his duty as an officer of the court regarding Turner’s habitual non-compliance with the terms of his house arrest.
What am I saying? That these optics are absolutely terrible … and raise legitimate suspicions in a case that has clearly exposed all manner of corruption within the Palmetto State’s failed “justice” system.
Will Folks is the founding editor of the news outlet you are currently reading. Prior to founding FITSNews, he served as press secretary to the governor of South Carolina. He lives in the Midlands region of the state with his wife and seven children. And yes, he has LOTS of hats (including that Buffalo Bisons’ lid pictured above).
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He seeks $570,000 in compensatory damages and $1.2 million in punitive damages.ORANGEBURG, S.C. — The former president of South Carolina State University is suing officials with the school for salary he says he's owed from his time leading the school.The lawsuit, filed this week by...
He seeks $570,000 in compensatory damages and $1.2 million in punitive damages.
The lawsuit, filed this week by Dr. James Clark's attorneys, is against the school's Board of Trustees and several other officials tied to the school. It seeks $570,000 in compensatory damages and $1.2 million in punitive damages.
Clark led the school from 2016 until he was terminated in July of 2021. In the suit, he said he is owed a salary supplement held in an account by the Board's foundation. This money, contained in a leadership fund, was in addition to his state-funded salary, and was supposed to pay him an additional $195,000 a year.
The lawsuit details a long back and forth over the supplement. According to his lawyers, after being promised the supplement as part of his contract when he was hired, he voluntarily declined the money in the first year because of the financial difficulty the university was dealing with. However, Clark said an agreement made in 2018 between him and the school guaranteed that he'd get that money back. In 2019, he was paid almost $50,000 out of that account, according to the lawsuit.
However, his lawyers say problems began between Clark and the university in 2020. In May of that year, the lawsuit claims that while working on a two-year extension of his deal with the school, the president of the school's alumni association tried to persuade the board not to give Clark a new contract, claiming Clark wasn't doing a good job. Ultimately, however, the board did approve the deal, the suit states, including keeping the salary supplement.
But Clark says in September of 2020, a new board chairman was appointed, and that person also became a vocal critic of Clark, joining the alumni president.
In the filing, Clark maintains all of the criticisms levied at him were false.
He said in the coming months, an effort took place to block the money from being paid to him or a memorandum of understanding that the deal would still be honored. He also said money was no longer being put into the fund for this payment. Ultimately, he says he did not receive further payments before his firing.
News19 reached out to the university for comment on the lawsuit. In a statement, a spokesperson said the school could not comment on current or pending litigation.
Clark is an MIT graduate and has worked at General Electric, Gillette, Exxon, and AT&T. He also served on Benedict College's Board of Trustees for 18 years.