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 Ridgeland, 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 Ridgeland, 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 Ridgeland 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 Ridgeland'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 Ridgeland.
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 Ridgeland, 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 Ridgeland, 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 Ridgeland, 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 Ridgeland, 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
(The Center Square) – Washington state has 73 municipalities on “2022’s Cities with the Most & Least College Debt” report put out by WalletHub.The personal finance website compared the median student-loan balance against the median earnings of adults 25 and older with a bachelor’s degree in more than 2,500 cities in the U.S.Ranked in the third percentile, Ellens...
(The Center Square) – Washington state has 73 municipalities on “2022’s Cities with the Most & Least College Debt” report put out by WalletHub.
The personal finance website compared the median student-loan balance against the median earnings of adults 25 and older with a bachelor’s degree in more than 2,500 cities in the U.S.
Ranked in the third percentile, Ellensburg in central Washington is the most overleveraged city in the Evergreen State, with a median student debt of $20,193, compared to median earnings of $32,772 for bachelor’s degree holders. That translates into a student debt to median earnings ratio of almost 62%.
Sammamish, a city in King County that is bordered by Lake Sammamish to the west and the Snoqualmie Valley to the east, is the least overleveraged city in Washington. Ranked in the 99th percentile, Sammamish has a median student debt of $19,659, compared to mean earnings of $108,167. That translates into a student debt to median earnings ratio of 18.17%.
With college graduations just around the corner and the country in the midst of record-breaking inflation, student debt has become a hot-button political issue. President Joe Biden is considering forgiving at least some student loan debt, to the delight of some and the consternation of others.
Student debt sits at $1.61 trillion, according to Wallet Hub, which works out to about $37,000 per borrower.
“High balances combined with a payoff timeline that lasts into middle age force many graduates to significantly delay or forego other financial goals such as saving for retirement or buying a home,” the WalletHub report states. “Paying back student loans has also become even more difficult due to the COVID-19 pandemic, though the government allowed temporary forbearance on federal student loans through May 1, 2022.”
The 10 most overleveraged cities on the list:
Avon Park, Florida
Orangeburg, South Carolina
Hattiesburg, South Carolina
Ithaca, New York
The 10 least overleveraged cities on the list:
Bronxville, New York
Menlo Park, California
MADISON — All Madison-Ridgeland Academy needed was one big inning to turn Game 1 into a rout.The Patriots plated 10 runs in the bottom of the third inning on the way to a 15-5 win over rival Jackson Academy in five innings in Game 1 of their MAIS Class 6A Semifinal Round playoff series at Patriot Field on Tuesday night.Game 2 of the series is set for 6 p.m. Wednesday night at Jackson Academy. If necessary, Game 3 will be at 6 p.m. Thursday back at MRA. The winner of the series gets the winner of the Jackson Prep - Hartfie...
MADISON — All Madison-Ridgeland Academy needed was one big inning to turn Game 1 into a rout.
The Patriots plated 10 runs in the bottom of the third inning on the way to a 15-5 win over rival Jackson Academy in five innings in Game 1 of their MAIS Class 6A Semifinal Round playoff series at Patriot Field on Tuesday night.
Game 2 of the series is set for 6 p.m. Wednesday night at Jackson Academy. If necessary, Game 3 will be at 6 p.m. Thursday back at MRA. The winner of the series gets the winner of the Jackson Prep - Hartfield series.
“Biggest key was we scored eight of those runs with two outs and that was obviously big for us,” said MRA coach Allen Pavatte. “I was proud of our kids for how they played after having the week off last week and they did a good job of responding.”
MRA’s first three runs of the game came with two outs to take a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first on RBI double down the third base line by Conner Stewart and a two-run home run to center by Corey Watkins.
Jackson Academy cut the lead to 3-1 in the top of the third on a solo home run to right center by Mississippi State signee Dakota Jordan.
In the bottom of the third, the Patriots scored 10 runs on five hits and sent 13 batters to the plate to take a 13-1 lead. South Carolina signee Stone Blanton and Conner Stewart each hit a three-run home run in the inning.
Stewart had three hits with four RBI’s and was a triple shy of the cycle to lead MRA (34-4) offensively. Watkins had two hits for the Patriots.
“I was just hoping for a fastball and try to drive something up the middle and pitcher missed his spot, and I took advantage of it,” Stewart said. “The whole team played there part tonight and we emphasize on the little things hitting wise and it’s paying off. Now we feel good about tomorrow to clinch the series.”
J.T. Thigpen had a three-run home run for Jackson Academy in the top of the fourth to cut the MRA lead to 13-5.
Blanton had a walk-off double to right to give the Patriots the 15-5 ten-run mercy rule win.
Ole Miss commit Jackson Evers (8-2) got the win on the mound tossing a five-inning complete game giving up eight hits, five runs, four walks and four strikeouts.
“Stewart and Watkins both had an outstanding night and Stone is starting to catch on fire,” Pavatte said. “JA is a very dangerous team hitting wise and they are tough outs. We knew coming in we had to put up some runs,”
Cade Gadman (3-1) took the loss on the mound for Jackson Academy. Trey Adams had two hits for the Raiders (21-13).
“They hit the ball really well tonight and they are a good hitting team,” said Jackson Academy coach Parker Harris. “One mistake we made lead to several runs and that’s been the case for us all season. Our backs are against the wall now, so we will see what happens tomorrow.”
Ayden Williams was shocked to receive a text from Ole Miss transfer Jaxso...
Ayden Williams was shocked to receive a text from Ole Miss transfer Jaxson Dart in February. Williams — a four-star recruit — had been heavily recruited by the Rebels and coach Lane Kiffin but the outpour of support from Ole Miss only continued to grow.
Dart, the former USC quarterback, transferred to the Rebels in late January and was already recruiting potential targets. Incoming texts from Dart and fellow Ole Miss transfer Michael Trigg had one clear message: Make the move to the Sip.
“When (Dart) texted me I thought it was a fake account or something,” Williams said with a laugh. “I responded and we chopped it up a bit. It just shows that people are noticing my talent.”
Williams, Mississippi’s No. 1 ranked wide receiver in the 2023 class, included the Rebels among his top six schools on April 20. The Rebels were joined by Jackson State, Georgia, LSU, South Carolina and Tennessee.
The 6-foot-3, 195-pound Williams is the No. 3 recruit in the state and No. 27 wide receiver nationally, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. He’s the No. 200 prospect nationally.
Williams, a Ridgeland junior, finished with 69 catches for 1,256 yards and 15 touchdowns in 11 games last season.
The inclusion of Jackson State only strengthens coach Deion Sanders’ recruiting track record with the Tigers. Jackson State received commitments from cornerback Travis Hunter and wide receiver Kevin Coleman in the 2022 recruiting class. The duo were the No. 1 and No. 54 recruits nationally. Sanders also received a commitment from three-star wide receiver Robert Lockhart III on April 24.
“There are other guys that believe in the HBCU movement,” Williams said. “You don't have to go to a big Power 5 to get to the league and they are trying to change that.”
Sanders’ legacy in the NFL is a huge selling point for Williams.
“Coach Prime is going to put his guys in the best position to be successful on the field and off the field,” Williams said. “He expects the best. (Sanders) is an NFL guy, so he expects you to be on an NFL level. That’s the kind of coaching you want because I’m trying to get to the NFL. I want to be coached by somebody that’s been there and done that.”
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LSU arrived late in Williams’ recruitment after offering him on March 28, but the Tigers have already made an impact. LSU was his “dream school” growing up.
“I remember when I was little watching LSU play on TV I told my dad I was going to play for them," Williams said. "They offered and my eyes lit up. Odell (Beckham) and Jarvis (Landry), you can go with all the receivers that went through there. It’s just the swag and the mentality that they got at LSU. I like that too.”
LSU wasn’t the only SEC school to offer Williams this spring. Tennessee offered Williams in March followed by Georgia and South Carolina in April.
Williams received his Georgia offer during his visit to Athens for the Bulldogs spring game. Williams was impressed with the evolution of Georgia’s passing game.
“It really shocked me when I went down there,” Williams said. “Georgia has been known to run the ball but when I was at the spring game they were letting it ride down the field. That and I always want to play at the highest level. Who doesn’t want to play for a national championship?”
Jimothy Lewis Sophomore HighlightsShare Videofacebook twitter emaillink<div>http://www.hudl.com/v/2GW9GF</div>CopiedRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsShare VideoSettingsFullscreen 48 Play Last summer Madison-Ridgeland Academy's Jimothy Lewis exploded on the recruiting scene...
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Last summer Madison-Ridgeland Academy's Jimothy Lewis exploded on the recruiting scene and reeled in numerous Power 5 and SEC offers. So far this spring, it doesn't appear that Lewis has slowed down any in that regard.
The 2024 offensive tackle and 247Sports four-star prospect picked up offers from Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Florida and Memphis among others last summer. This spring Lewis has been able to visit several schools, as well, and continues to stack offers.
Lewis is rated as the nation's No. 1 offensive tackle and the state's No. 2 prospect by 247Sports. He is also listed as the nation's No. 56 overall prospect in the Top247.
"I've visited Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Georgia and Alabama so far and Jackson State," said Lewis. "Some of my latest offers were South Carolina, Auburn and Baylor. It is pretty fun, to be honest. Getting offered period is a good feeling."
Lewis' latest trip was to Mississippi State last month. He was able to watch the Bulldogs go through spring drills at Davis Wade Stadium along with meeting with the staff again, including offensive line coach Mason Miller.
"Mississippi State is close to home and it is a nice environment," said the 6-foot-5 and 290-pound Lewis. "There's good people there. My relationship with Coach Miller grows every time I see him, too. He is a real nice dude and he is a good coach."
Lewis added that Miller's message to him has been simple and to the point. During Saturday's practice session, Lewis was able to get a good view of Miller's position group, as well. And Lewis was impressed with what he witnessed with the Bulldog offensive linemen.
"Coach Miller really wants me to stay close to home," added Lewis. "That way, he said all of my family came come see. He said it would be good to have my family close by."
"Their offensive linemen are a lot more developed at Mississippi State compared to some other colleges I've been to. They looked to be healthy and better with their technique. I was able to get a good idea of how Coach Miller coaches his guys and they have good chemistry with their group of linemen.
Lewis is still in his sophomore year at Madison-Ridgeland Academy and he is expected to keep adding more college options in the future. With that known, Lewis is not in a rush to narrow down his list of possibilities at the next level.
"I'm not making my decision until my senior year," Lewis said. "Right now, it is too early for any favorites. I will look at academics, definitely, when I am ready. Academics will be a big factor for me. I want to enjoy this process, too, and make sure I take my time and make the right decision."
For Savannah Morning NewsIt’s 5:30 p.m. mid-July, 95 degrees with a heat index of 102. Four motorhomes have already arrived, parked in shady spots, with four more expected at Whippoorwill Farms in Ridgeland, S.C., a small working homestead just 30 minutes from Savannah.I’ve set up my tent within a cool, cleared out grove of pines where a nearby, newly constructed picnic table supports my flashlight,...
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It’s 5:30 p.m. mid-July, 95 degrees with a heat index of 102. Four motorhomes have already arrived, parked in shady spots, with four more expected at Whippoorwill Farms in Ridgeland, S.C., a small working homestead just 30 minutes from Savannah.
I’ve set up my tent within a cool, cleared out grove of pines where a nearby, newly constructed picnic table supports my flashlight, cooler, and water bottles. The nightly tour begins at 6:30 p.m.
Near the farm’s entrance we assemble, a group of agri-curious tourists from Boston, various parts Florida, and the Midwest all traveling the I-95 corridor eager to learn about what farmers Marissa Paykos and James Young are up to.
Chickens dart and cluck within large, shaded corrals. In the distance deeper in the forest, pigs squeal and grunt intermittently.
“How’s everybody doing this evening, hot enough?” Paykos asks. She smiles widely, her young daughter, Ellie, and German shepherd puppy, Bolt, at her side. “Are you ready to learn about our humble operation here?”
We nod, smile, drink from our water bottles, and set out on a path around the farm.
Paykos and Young, a wife and husband team, began growing vegetables about five years ago on two acres in Jasper County, S.C. They enjoyed it and had success enough that the pair wanted to expand and raise livestock. Nearly two years ago they purchased 40 acres of overgrown, abandoned timberland in Ridgeland and began making their dream of Whippoorwill Farms a reality. Their mission — to build a healthy, sustainable ecosystem through regenerative agriculture.
We head further into the trees where a healthy canopy rises above a noticeably cleared out understory. Here, chanterelle mushrooms punctuate the forest floor in dotted orange splendor.
Paykos points to the side of the path.
“Do you see the leaf litter there?” she asks. “When we purchased the land, it had been clear-cut 20 years ago and then not cared for. Without any management invasive trees like sweet gum and Chinaberry grew fast, and everything grew like toothpicks. James came in with heavy equipment and thinned the trees — we want some pines, oaks, and pecans to grow. That leaf litter was 18 inches thick all over and nothing could really grow. We brought the pigs into this area to root and work the ground, and now we have mushrooms growing, the pigs helped do that. The mushrooms are signs of a working, healthy system.”
Regenerative agriculture is not new. In fact, Indigenous cultures worldwide have practiced different forms for millennia, rotating animals through forests and open spaces and growing certain plants together so that one will replenish the soil that the other depletes.
In part, it works like this: a domesticated species, pigs for example, work a specific, fenced area for about a week, foraging and rooting, their inherent behavior mixing, fertilizing, improving the soil. Then the pigs are moved to a different location, and the area rests. A few weeks later, chickens are introduced, and they work it, eating different plants and insects, again fertilizing the soil with their excrement. At some point a cover crop is planted, and that helps maintain soil moisture and nutrients. The rotation, then, begins all over again.
Regenerative agriculture is 180 degrees opposite of large-scale, present day farming where monoculture is hard law of the land. Monoculture — growing a high concentration of one species in one space — is enemy of regenerative agriculture.
The tour concludes at the vegetable garden where tomatoes, beans, and okra are popping.
“We don’t use any pesticides, herbicides, antibiotics or wormers,” said Paykos, as she points to a row of tomatoes. “You can see insects are munching on some of them, but that’s OK. Some insects on the vines are way better than dealing with chemicals.”
Paykos pauses, and then continues in a thoughtful, emphatic voice. “We’re doing this for our daughter so she can understand all of our actions matter. Everything we do has consequences. How we choose to live matters. If we can be a part of making the world healthier and more just, that matters most to me, to us.”
You can visit Whippoorwill Farms by registering online at Camp on the Farm—RVs and tent campers both welcome. You can also purchase their tasty meats and vegetables every Saturday at the Forsyth Farmers Market, every Sunday at the Root and Bloom Market in Bluffton, every Tuesday at the Hilton Head Coastal Discovery Museum Farmers Market, every Wednesday on Edisto Island.
Forsyth Farmers Market
Hilton Head Coastal Discovery Museum Farmers Market
Root and Bloom Market