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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 Saluda, 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 Saluda, 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 Saluda 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 Saluda, 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 Saluda'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 Saluda.

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

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 Saluda, 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 Saluda, 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 Saluda, 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 Saluda, 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 Saluda, 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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Track Covid-19 in Saluda County, S.C.

Daily Covid-19 admissions in the Saluda County areaAbout the dataData is from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Hospitalization data is a daily average of Covid-19 patients in hospital service areas that intersect with Saluda County, an area which may be larger than Saluda County itself.The number of daily hospital admissions shows how many patients tested positive for Covid in hospitals and is one of the most reliably reported indicators of Covid’s impact on a community....

Daily Covid-19 admissions in the Saluda County area

About the data

Data is from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Hospitalization data is a daily average of Covid-19 patients in hospital service areas that intersect with Saluda County, an area which may be larger than Saluda County itself.

The number of daily hospital admissions shows how many patients tested positive for Covid in hospitals and is one of the most reliably reported indicators of Covid’s impact on a community.

Total population

Ages 65 and up

Total population

Ages 65 and up

An updated vaccine is recommended for adults and most children. Statewide, 7% of vaccinations did not specify a home county.

Nearby hospitals

Share of I.C.U. beds occupied

About this data Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Notes: The hospitals map shows the average I.C.U. occupancy at nearby hospitals in the most recent week with data reported. The data is self-reported to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services by individual hospitals. It excludes counts from hospitals operated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Indian Health Service. Numbers for hospitalized patients are based on inpatient beds and include I.C.U. beds. Hospitalized Covid-19 patients include both confirmed and suspected Covid-19 patients. The C.D.C. stopped reporting data on cases in May 2023.

How trends have changed in Saluda County

About this data Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Notes: Weekly county death data prior to Jan. 2021 was not reported by the C.D.C. and is sourced from reporting by The New York Times. Hospitalization data is a weekly average of Covid-19 patients in hospital service areas that intersect with Saluda County. Hospitalization numbers early in the pandemic are undercounts due to incomplete reporting by hospitals to the federal government.

Historical trends in Saluda County

The data in these charts has been archived and they are no longer being updated.

About this data Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The data in these charts has been archived and they are no longer being updated. Weekly county case data prior to Jan. 2021 was not reported by the C.D.C. and is sourced from reporting by The New York Times. The C.D.C. stopped reporting data on cases in May 2023. Test positivity data is based only on test results reported to the federal government and is a seven-day average.

By Jon Huang, Samuel Jacoby, Jasmine C. Lee, John-Michael Murphy, Charlie Smart and Albert Sun. Additional reporting by Sarah Cahalan, Lisa Waananen Jones, Amy Schoenfeld Walker and Josh Williams. See a full list of contributors to The Times’s Covid-19 data reporting here.

About the data

Data on this page is reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Population and demographic data is from the U.S. Census Bureau. Hospitalization data is reported by individual hospitals to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and it includes confirmed and suspected adult and pediatric patients. The C.D.C. does not provide complete vaccinations data for some counties and caps its vaccination rate figures at 95 percent.

The C.D.C. may make historical updates as more data is reported.

The C.D.C. stopped reporting data on Covid cases in May 2023.

Inman eyes growth as Saluda Grade Trail project nears reality

With $27 million in funding approved by North and South Carolina legislatures in the past 18 months, the proposed Saluda Grade Trail is looking inevitable.Perhaps no community is counting on its promise more than the town that sits on the trail’s southern starting point.For the people of Inman, a proud community nestled on the doorstep of the Blue Ridge Mountains in northwestern Spartanburg County, years of effort to bring new life to the community’s downtown are finally paying divi...

With $27 million in funding approved by North and South Carolina legislatures in the past 18 months, the proposed Saluda Grade Trail is looking inevitable.

Perhaps no community is counting on its promise more than the town that sits on the trail’s southern starting point.

For the people of Inman, a proud community nestled on the doorstep of the Blue Ridge Mountains in northwestern Spartanburg County, years of effort to bring new life to the community’s downtown are finally paying dividends.

But what makes local municipal and business leaders almost giddy with excitement is how the proposed trail is likely to amplify and accelerate Inman’s economic prosperity.

Laying the groundwork

The proposed trail would cover roughly 31 miles running north from Inman, through Campobello and Landrum in South Carolina, then through Tryon and Saluda in North Carolina before ending in Zirconia, North Carolina. The path will follow the historic but inactive Saluda Grade rail line, which is being purchased from Norfolk Southern.

The effort is coordinated by Upstate Forever and PAL — Play. Advocate. Live Well. — in South Carolina and Conserving Carolina in North Carolina.

The promise of a new rail trail connected to the heart of Inman’s downtown seems to be an affirmation of the years of hard work by town residents and leaders to revive what was for decades known as the “fresh peach capital of the world,” according to Mayor Cornelius Huff.

Known to lifelong residents and newcomers alike as “Cornchip,” Huff has spent decades in public service to the people of his hometown, first as a volunteer for the local fire service — where he earned his nickname — and later as an EMT. For the last 20-plus he has served the city’s government, first as a member of City Council. He became mayor in 2014.

“You’re planting seeds all along the way … and now the seeds are coming up and we’re seeing the plants and the flowers and now they’re starting to bloom. It’s harvest time for Inman.” — Inman Mayor Cornelius Huff

From the beginning of his time in city government, Huff said he was always motivated by the vision “to see Inman come alive again.”

Over the years, there have been many efforts to make that vision a reality, but there was one overriding obstacle in the way: the city’s former strong-mayor government. It effectively allowed the mayor to override the City Council and hamper the type of collective action community revitalization depends on. Huff saw this firsthand as a council member and ran for mayor in 2014 on the platform to change Inman’s structure to a council-administrator model.

“I was able to be a part of that transition — the good, the bad and the ugly,” he said. “It takes a team to make things grow and to win the game.”

Allowing the mayor and council to have an equal voice in charting the city’s future combined with bringing a professional administrator in to run the city’s day-to-day operations helped Inman get ready for the growth the Saluda Grade Trail will almost certainly bring, Huff said.

Being clear-eyed and proactive in meeting that growth is one of the main jobs of Joe Lanahan, the city administrator, who came to the role in 2020 after stints as recreation director for the city of Mauldin and, prior to that, as a program manager for Greenville County’s Parks, Recreation & Tourism Department.

Lanahan said he saw how the Prisma Health Swamp Rabbit Trail went from the modest idea of a 12-mile trail connecting Travelers Rest and downtown Greenville to an expanding trail network that has revitalized nearly every community it touches.

With 3 miles of the proposed Saluda Grade Trail traversing virtually the entirety of Inman’s downtown, the impact to the city is expected to be transformative.

“It’s very, very exciting,” Lanahan said.

Momentum building

The momentum of Inman’s efforts to reignite interest in its downtown has become palpable in recent months.

Beyond a streetscape project that beautified and updated Main Street, new businesses have come downtown and brought an increasing number of visitors.

Huff and Lanahan credit these entrepreneurs for staking their financial livelihoods on the vision that Inman is entering a new phase of growth and prosperity.

Among those businesses bringing new life — and foot traffic — to Inman is The Crepe Factory, which opened in downtown Spartanburg in 2016 but moved to its 12 S. Main St. location in Inman in 2021.

Lanahan said the restaurant not only brought its loyal customer base to Inman, but serves as a magnet for new visitors. Likening such businesses to the major department stores that served as anchors to underpin the commercial appeal of suburban malls, Lanahan said they help signal Inman is a great place to be.

That idea was among the motivations that prompted Jim and Carin Holliday to build their new Holliday Brewing manufacturing and distribution facility in downtown Inman. The custom-built 9,000-square-foot brewery and taproom is located at 12 Prospect St., a block north of Main Street.

It joins the company’s Drayton Mills Marketplace location in Spartanburg and will feature food offerings in partnership with Spartanburg’s Burgers & Bakery.

Jim Holliday said Inman offered the right opportunity at the right time for his company’s expansion. The planned trail promises to make that future even brighter.

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Inman is home to Inman Mills, founded by James Chapman in 1901 and one of only a handful of historic textile firms still in operation. The contributions of the Chapman family are commemorated in Inman’s Chapman High School and Spartanburg’s Chapman Cultural Center. Among the family’s notable members is celebrated singer, songwriter, author and actress Marshall Chapman.

Town of Saluda offering free building to a new business

Once the business is open, the owners have to provide jobs to the town and stay there for three years.More VideosSALUDA, S.C. — In the hot summer sun, Saluda residents are taking refuge at Nana’s Sweet Shop."We’ve been very blessed and supported by the town of Saluda. that's for sure," owner Sharon Metts said....

Once the business is open, the owners have to provide jobs to the town and stay there for three years.

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SALUDA, S.C. — In the hot summer sun, Saluda residents are taking refuge at Nana’s Sweet Shop.

"We’ve been very blessed and supported by the town of Saluda. that's for sure," owner Sharon Metts said.

The shop's home is an old building that sat vacant for decades and then was offered by the town for free.

That's when Metts and her husband literally scooped it up.

"I was the only one that showed up. We’ve been renovating for about two and a half years," said Metts and" it has been a labor of love.:

"It smelled terrible, it smelled so bad," Metts recalled. "We took out four trailerful of just trash and piles of wood."

But, helping to revive the downtown is gratifying.

"I’m hoping that when these kids grow up they say we went to Nana's and watched Disney … so that’s all I care about," said Metts.

Now, in a similar move, the town is selecting another entrepreneur to occupy the former county water and sewer office building, located at 113 E Church St.

Saluda Mayor Milliken Matthews said the building needs substantial remodeling to meet modern building codes. The new owners will have to pay for that as part of the deal.

Also, once the business is open, the new owners would have to provide jobs to the town and stay there for three years.

“We still won't be losing because we’ll be getting a viable tax base and we’re helping to get jobs. So it'll be a win-win situation," said Matthews.

Metts said she sees a bright future for downtown Saluda and is excited to see what business takes the space.

"We support each other and help each other," Metts said. "If there’s a new business in town, it’ll bring new customers."

Applications are available at City Hall.

The building will go to the first qualified applicant.

According to Matthews, three people have applied so far.

Saluda County demolishes old elementary school, makes way for new one

The new school will have increased security, upgraded technology, and a new assembly space.SALUDA, S.C. — The old Saluda Elementary School has been demolished to make way for a brand-new elementary school.Last year, the State Legislature gave the district $42 million and Saluda County voters approved an additional $49 million i...

The new school will have increased security, upgraded technology, and a new assembly space.

SALUDA, S.C. — The old Saluda Elementary School has been demolished to make way for a brand-new elementary school.

Last year, the State Legislature gave the district $42 million and Saluda County voters approved an additional $49 million in November for upgrades across the district.

Before it was demolished, generations of students had passed through its doors.

"My mom and my aunt and my family went to that school too. so it's exciting, but it’s sad," said lifelong Saluda resident Kaitlyn Rose.

Rose said with the building went the memories.

“All the things that make it home instead of just a school," Rose said. "It’s a safe and comfortable place for everyone.”

Saluda County Superintendent Dr. Harvey Livingston said the district is opening a new chapter of education in the tight-knit community.

“Whenever our students walk into a brand new building, and just the pride and joy that they will take knowing that the citizens of Saluda care about them enough to invest money into them,” said Livingston.

Livingston said the first phase will build more than 90 percent of the school. Students will move into the new school after phase one is complete.

According to Livingston, the new school will have increased security, upgraded technology, and new assembly space.

“I’m glad that we’re going to be able to offer our students the same opportunities that our neighbors have,” said Livingston.

Rose, who has a newborn and a son going to middle school, is excited about the impact the new building will have on the community.

“They’re able to have those updated things so that all they have to do is worry about coming to school and learning,” said Rose.

Construction is expected to be completed in two years, according to Livingston.

Livingston added the district is adding Fencing, barricades, and workers on site will be vetted and undergo a background check.

“Safety is number one,” said Livingston.

The district is also building a new wing of classrooms at Hollywood Elementary School and is expanding its career technology offerings at the High School.

“We’re going to be able to offer firefighting, welding, and a lot more of the courses our kids need for the real-world application so they can graduate high school and go right into the workforce if they choose,” said Livingston.

For decades, sewage bubbled to creek near SC’s Saluda River. Here’s why it stopped

An old sewage pipe that for years discharged wastewater into a tributary of the Saluda River has been shut down as part of a more than 30 year-old plan to remove all pollution discharges from the state scenic river.Lexington officials said the town recently stopped using the pipe from the Watergate treatment plant and Lexington will route sewage to a regional wastewater facility in Cayce.The effort is a milestone in the long-running effort to protect the lower Saluda from sewage discharges. It marks the third major discharge el...

An old sewage pipe that for years discharged wastewater into a tributary of the Saluda River has been shut down as part of a more than 30 year-old plan to remove all pollution discharges from the state scenic river.

Lexington officials said the town recently stopped using the pipe from the Watergate treatment plant and Lexington will route sewage to a regional wastewater facility in Cayce.

The effort is a milestone in the long-running effort to protect the lower Saluda from sewage discharges. It marks the third major discharge eliminated from the river in the past five years, leaving only three more to be pulled from the Saluda under the plan.

In this case, the town acquired the Watergate system in 2020 from Blue Granite Water Co,, formerly Carolina Water Service. The idea was to eventually stop the discharge of treated wastewater and send the Watergate waste to the regional system, thereby protecting the Saluda. Discharges were going to Fourteen Mile Creek, one of the lower Saluda’s major tributaries.

“Years and years ago, everyone looked at the lower Saluda and said ‘This is an outstanding water body in our state and we should get rid of the discharges,’‘’ said Bill Stangler, the riverkeeper for the lower Saluda, the Congaree and the Broad rivers. “It’s been real slow progress, but we’ve seen progress pick up in the last several years.’’

In 1990, a special task force recommended eliminating wastewater discharges to the lower Saluda River. A renewed push by river advocates in recent years — including a federal lawsuit — succeeded in getting two other Blue Granite discharges out of the river at Interstate 20 and the Friarsgate community in Irmo.

Those plants discharged treated sewage, which in itself was a concern because river advocates say even treated wastewater contains some pollution. But the plants also regularly violated pollution limits.

In one 2016 case, poorly treated discharges from the Friarsgate plant prompted warnings against swimming in the lower Saluda because the pollution increased chances people would get sick. The warnings lasted for weeks, including the July 4 holiday, a time when kayaking and swimming peaks in the river.

Now, the Watergate discharge has stopped. The Watergate plant, which serves about 1,100 customers, also had its share of spills and leaks, including problems earlier this year.

Wastewater from the 290,000-gallon-per day plant will be routed to the regional system, which will treat the sewage and discharge it into the Congaree. The Congaree, which separates Columbia from Cayce and West Columbia, receives much of the treated sewage from the area.

Unlike the Congaree, the lower Saluda is a state designated scenic river. Running about 10 miles from Lake Murray to the Congaree River, the lower Saluda contains a series of whitewater rapids that attract kayakers from across the South.

The river, fed by frigid water from Lake Murray, is so cold it supports a trout population in an area not historically known for trout, a species common in the southern Blue Ridge mountains. The Saluda is unusual in that it is one of the few places in South Carolina where Spanish moss, a Lowcountry plant, grows along a river that supports trout, a mountain species.

The Watergate discharges have been eliminated as part of an $18 million project, funded in part by the federal American Rescue Plan.

“We are pleased,’’ Lexington town spokeswoman Laurin Barnes said. “This is the culmination of years of work.’’

The discharges that still are targeted for elimination are owned by companies other than Blue Granite.

This story was originally published July 25, 2023, 6:00 AM.

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Sammy Fretwell has covered the environment beat for The State since 1995. He writes about an array of issues, including wildlife, climate change, energy, state environmental policy, nuclear waste and coastal development. He has won numerous awards, including Journalist of the Year by the S.C. Press Association in 2017. Fretwell is a University of South Carolina graduate who grew up in Anderson County. Reach him at 803 771 8537.

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