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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 Pickens, 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 Pickens, 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 Pickens 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:

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The Top Wedding Venue in Pickens, SC

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 Pickens'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 Pickens.

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What Sets Abney Hall Apart from Other Wedding Venues in Pickens?

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 Pickens, SC, along with some helpful tips from our experienced wedding venue staff:

Venue Size

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.

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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.

Location and Nearby Lodging

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 Pickens, 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.

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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.

Venue Staff

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 Pickens, SC, for the first time, we want you to feel like you have all the information you need to make an informed purchasing decision.

We would be happy to go over:
  • Venue Pricing
  • Ceremony Specifics
  • Reception Specifics
  • Catering Possibilities
  • Decorating Possibilities
  • Entertainment Options
  • Photography and Photo Opportunities
  • Venue Amenities
  • Bridal Party Needs
  • Groomsman Needs

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.

Decor

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.

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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.

Photo Opportunities

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 Pickens, 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.

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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.

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The Premier Corporate Event Venue in Pickens, SC

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.

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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!

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Latest News in Pickens, SC

Pickens County to vote on Sunday alcohol sales in November

PICKENS CO., S.C. (FOX Carolina) - One of the last counties in South Carolina that doesn’t allow Sunday alcohol sales will soon leave the decision up to the voters.On Monday, Pickens County Council approved an ordinance to put two referendums on the general election ballot regarding Sunday alcohol sales in the entire county.It is allowed in four cities within the county according to the SC Department of Revenue, Central, Clemson, ...

PICKENS CO., S.C. (FOX Carolina) - One of the last counties in South Carolina that doesn’t allow Sunday alcohol sales will soon leave the decision up to the voters.

On Monday, Pickens County Council approved an ordinance to put two referendums on the general election ballot regarding Sunday alcohol sales in the entire county.

It is allowed in four cities within the county according to the SC Department of Revenue, Central, Clemson, Easley, and Pickens, but businesses in towns like Liberty say it would be a positive for it to be approved everywhere.

“You can drive 10 minutes up the road and get it on Sunday’s and we can’t even open on Sunday’s, that’s our business,” said Diane Campbell, who works at Liberty Food Store.

At Liberty Food Store the store is closed on Sunday’s because they can’t sell beer or wine.

Just down the road at Pancho’s Mexican Restaurant the food is still served, but the alcohol is not on that day.

“Some people when they come here and when they know we do not sell alcohol, they leave. They don’t eat here,” said Pancho’s Mexican Restaurant Owner Maria Zambrano.

But that could soon change.

After a 4 to 1 vote by Pickens County Council, two referendums will be on the November ballot for voters in Pickens County.

Pancho’s Mexican Restaurant already serves alcohol on Sunday’s at their Central, SC location, but if the referendum passes they say they plan to do the same at their Liberty, SC restaurant.

Liberty Food Store says being able to sell beer and wine would allow them to stay open on Sunday’s, and allow their employees to work more hours.

“That’s going to be more money for us, more business for Liberty,” said Campbell.

“I’m happy if they allow us to serve alcohol on Sunday’s because it’s another opportunity to bring more clients and more people to the town,” added Zambrano.

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A black bear ran off with a SC woman’s dog in its mouth. Then a miracle happened

The last thing Allyson Mauney saw was a bear pick up Snuggie, her miniature schnauzer, by the neck and drag him into the woods.It happened Monday night in Pickens County as she let Snuggie and Gracie, a lab mix, out before she went to work third shift at the U.S. Postal Service in Greenville.She had seen the fur stand up on their backs as they ran out and charged a deer feeder, where in previous years bears would come to feed on corn.She got a flashlight and ran toward the woods. She hoped the dogs would see the light an...

The last thing Allyson Mauney saw was a bear pick up Snuggie, her miniature schnauzer, by the neck and drag him into the woods.

It happened Monday night in Pickens County as she let Snuggie and Gracie, a lab mix, out before she went to work third shift at the U.S. Postal Service in Greenville.

She had seen the fur stand up on their backs as they ran out and charged a deer feeder, where in previous years bears would come to feed on corn.

She got a flashlight and ran toward the woods. She hoped the dogs would see the light and run back. She heard rustling in the leaves. Snuggie yelped, then screamed.

Mauney ran down the hill and saw a small bear holding Snuggie by the back of the neck. Mauney screamed. Loudly. The bear shook Snuggie violently.

Thoughts whirled through her head. Is it a baby? Is the mother around? How can she get to the dog she considers her son?

As she moved closer, the bear charged her.

“I wasn’t moving,” she said. “I wasn’t backing up. I was not leaving my son.”

The bear got so close, she could feel its breath. She prepared for attack. They stared each other down.

Then the bear picked up Snuggie and ran into the woods.

“That feeling was something I can’t describe and something I do not ever want to feel again,” she said.

Her sister’s boyfriend, Paul, convinced her not to go into the woods. There was no telling what or who was in there. She took Benadryl and went to sleep.

She woke Tuesday morning to Paul running into her room.

“He’s alive! He’s alive! I found him! Let’s go!”

He had been searching since sunrise.

They sped off to the vet.

Snuggie has come through the attack, but the vet said his back legs are paralyzed.

“God already worked a miracle and isn’t done,” she said.

Mauney said she hopes the story of Snuggie will be a reminder to people that they live in bear country not the other way around.

“This bear did nothing wrong,” she said. “It was protecting itself and the last thing in the world I want is for people to take any negative action towards any wildlife.”

Bears are leaving hibernation and roaming all over South Carolina, including one seen recently in Laurens.

Last year, Snuggie repeatedly chased a young bear.

She told Snuggie. “One day they are going to realize that they are bigger than you and that’s gonna be a bad day.”

This story was originally published May 5, 2022 1:15 PM.

Charleston restaurant owed workers $624K in tips, operated illegal tip pool

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) on Monday announced thousands of dollars in tips recovered for workers at a Downtown Charleston restaurant who had been forced to participate in an illegal tip pool.According to the DOL, management at 167 Raw on King Street “required tipped employees to share tips illegally,” splitting the funds between “management and other typically non-tipped employees.” The restaurant also “failed to pay tipped employees the difference between their di...

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) on Monday announced thousands of dollars in tips recovered for workers at a Downtown Charleston restaurant who had been forced to participate in an illegal tip pool.

According to the DOL, management at 167 Raw on King Street “required tipped employees to share tips illegally,” splitting the funds between “management and other typically non-tipped employees.” The restaurant also “failed to pay tipped employees the difference between their direct wages and the federal minimum wage” and paid less than the federal requirement for overtime rates.

The investigation found 92 workers were shortchanged a total of $624,017 as a result of the illegal financial structure.

Wage and Hour Division District Director, Jamie Benefiel, explained that such violations “are common in the restaurant industry, and they can quickly add up to costly consequences.”

Benefiel went on to say “restaurant industry employers must know and comply with federal requirements to claim the tip credit,” and that “retaining and recruiting workers is more difficult when employers fail to respect workers’ rights and pay them their full wages.”

167 Raw issued the following statement in response:

“In 2021, 167 Raw King Street LLC entered into a voluntary agreement with the U.S. Department ofLabor regarding its tip-pooling procedure. The Department of Labor found the process to be in conflictwith provisions of certain regulations.

A tip pool was established to include and compensate our team members who are integral to a positivedining experience at our restaurant. Before establishing the pool, we sought advice from legal counseland were told that it was legal and appropriate to do so. Months later, however, the Department ofLabor concluded that these procedures were in direct violation of certain federal guidelines. TheDepartment began a full investigation and determined that while we had not intentionally violated anyregulation, we had instead relied upon incorrect legal advice. The full details of this were disclosed toour team members and compensation was handled accordingly. We fully cooperated with theDepartment of Labor to establish new procedures within the Department’s guidelines and took thenecessary steps to correct the misallocation of tips. It is important to note that the owners of 167 RawKing Street LLC never shared in or participated in the former tip pool.

We continue to prioritize our team members and choosing to enter this voluntary agreement with theDepartment last year ensured that our valued team members continue to be well-compensated withinthe framework of evolving federal guidelines.”

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Bill to ban paying SC workers with disabilities less than minimum wage moves closer to becoming law

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) -A law that allows employers to pay people with disabilities less than the federal minimum wage could soon be taken off the books in South Carolina.Legislation to abolish the subminimum wage has now passed both chambers of the State House, though changes made to it last week in the House of Representatives have put the bill back in the Senate’s hands with three days left in the regular legislative sessio...

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) -A law that allows employers to pay people with disabilities less than the federal minimum wage could soon be taken off the books in South Carolina.

Legislation to abolish the subminimum wage has now passed both chambers of the State House, though changes made to it last week in the House of Representatives have put the bill back in the Senate’s hands with three days left in the regular legislative session.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, nearly 3,000 people with disabilities in South Carolina were being paid less than the minimum wage just before the pandemic began.

That number has since dropped to nearly 1,000 people, according to the department, but advocates hope it could soon be zero.

“As one of the largest minority groups in the whole entire country, we should no longer see people with disabilities as less than. We are citizens just like everybody else, and we deserve to be paid equally among our peers without disabilities,” Able SC President and CEO Kimberly Tissot said.

Under the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, employers with a U.S. Department of Labor-approved waiver can legally pay less than the federal minimum wage — currently $7.25 an hour — to workers with disabilities, defined as those “whose earning or productive capacity is impaired by age, physical or mental deficiency, or injury.”

Currently 14 employers across South Carolina hold that certificate. Most of those are organizations that work to help people with disabilities gain employment skills and jobs, and some have said this practice allows them to employ people with severe disabilities who may not be able to competitively work otherwise.

“They’re still going to have to get somebody to do that job,” Sen. Katrina Shealy, R – Lexington and the bill’s primary sponsor, said. “So are they going to get somebody without a disability to work for 25 cents an hour?”

Shealy said people with disabilities should not be treated any differently than other workers.

“As long as they can do the same job, they should make the same pay, and I think they’ve been taken advantage of,” she said.

This legislation would create a 13-member task force to develop a plan to phase out the subminimum wage while still ensuring employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

If it becomes law, subminimum wages would no longer be legal by Aug. 1, 2024.

“South Carolina has some lack of services for people with disabilities as well, and so this will give us enough time to plan what’s next, how can we build skills, how can we engage in meaningful activities that really respects the rights of people with disabilities,” Tissot said.

The bill passed the Senate last year, the first year of a two-year legislative session, and passed the House last week with changes to it, adding on the “Employment First Initiative Act,” sponsored by Rep. Neal Collins, R – Pickens.

“It asks employers to look at the disability community when you hire. It’s not a mandate; it’s not saying you have to. It’s just sort of a resolution saying, ‘How about looking at the people with disabilities? Don’t just discard them and say just because you have a disability, you can’t do the job,’” Shealy explained.

Shealy called the amendment “a perfect fit” to add to her bill, saying she will ask her Senate colleagues to concur with that change but request another commission created by that part of the legislation be reduced from 17 members to nine.

House members would then be able to agree with the Senate’s change or opt for a smaller group of members from both chambers to work out a compromise to send to Gov. Henry McMaster.

If this does become law, South Carolina would become the 13th state overall and the third in the southeast to do away with the subminimum wage for people with disabilities.

“This has been a long time coming, and I think this will really change the perceptions that people have about people with disabilities,” Tissot said.

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Another Gamecock projected as first round pick in 2023 NFL Draft

Another South Carolina player is having his name thrown into the mix for the 2023 NFL Draft.Gamecocks defensive tackle Zacch Pickens was projected as the No. 22 pick to the Cincinnati Bengals in The Athletic’s Dane Brugler’s way-too-early 2023 first round mock draft on Tuesday.“An athletic big man, Pickens isn’t yet a finished product, but you don’t n...

Another South Carolina player is having his name thrown into the mix for the 2023 NFL Draft.

Gamecocks defensive tackle Zacch Pickens was projected as the No. 22 pick to the Cincinnati Bengals in The Athletic’s Dane Brugler’s way-too-early 2023 first round mock draft on Tuesday.

“An athletic big man, Pickens isn’t yet a finished product, but you don’t need to squint to see why NFL scouts are intrigued by his talent,” Brugler wrote. “South Carolina has a solid track record of producing defensive linemen, and Pickens is next up in the hopper.”

Pickens arrived at South Carolina in the class of 2019 as a five-star recruit and the No. 8 player in the class, per 247Sports. He’s since played in all 35 games of his USC career, including 20 starts.

The T.L. Hanna product is expected to anchor the Gamecocks defensive line again in 2022 with defensive ends Kingsley “JJ” Enagbare and Aaron Sterling now off to the NFL. Pickens finished last season with 38 tackles, five tackles for a loss and four sacks.

Pickens is one of four South Carolina players who could theoretically be in the mix for the 2023 first round along with cornerback Cam Smith, tight end/receiver Jaheim Bell and quarterback Spencer Rattler.

Smith (No. 12 overall) and Bell (No. 29 overall) were both listed in Pro Football Focus’ way-too-early first round mock draft on Tuesday, while Rattler is seen as a possible first rounder should he find his 2020 form that made him a Heisman Trophy front-runner at Oklahoma.

South Carolina had just three players taken in the 2022 NFL Draft in Enagbare, running back Kevin Harris and tight end Nick Muse. Defensive lineman Jabari Ellis (New York Giants) and running back ZaQuandre White (Miami Dolphins) both earned undrafted free agent deals.

Kicker Parker White (Kansas City Chiefs, Tampa Bay Buccaneers) and safety Jaylan Foster (Philadelphia Eagles, Jacksonville Jaguars) also received rookie mini-camp invites this week.

South Carolina has produced three first round picks in the last five seasons. Cornerback Jaycee Horn was the most recent when he was selected No. 8 overall by the Carolina Panthers in the 2021 NFL Draft.

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