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 Sumter, 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 Sumter, 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 Sumter 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 Sumter'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 Sumter.
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 Sumter, 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 Sumter, 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 Sumter, 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 Sumter, 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
SUMTER, S.C. (WIS) - More than 7,200 Sumter residents don’t have a voting city council member.The council seat for the city’s Ward 1 remains unfilled as a legal challenge to voting results from last November play out.Anthony Gibson won the seat in a run-off. If sat, he’ll represent the residents in the northern part of the city....
SUMTER, S.C. (WIS) - More than 7,200 Sumter residents don’t have a voting city council member.
The council seat for the city’s Ward 1 remains unfilled as a legal challenge to voting results from last November play out.
Anthony Gibson won the seat in a run-off. If sat, he’ll represent the residents in the northern part of the city.
Reginald Evans also ran for the seat, coming in 5th place (out of five candidates) and tallying just 62 votes out of 999 cast.
Evans unsuccessfully appealed the results with the Sumter County Board of Voter Registration, Sumter County circuit court, and is currently appealing a dismissal from the S.C. Supreme Court.
As a result of his continued appeals, Gibson has been unable to become a voting member of the council.
State law on local elections prevents an election’s winner from being sat until an appeals process is completed.
The drawn-out challenge has drawn the ire of a group of concerned Sumter residents who call themselves “The Squad”.
“It’s totally unfair, it’s totally unfair. Mr. Gibson did everything he was supposed to do,” squad member Dr. Patty Wilson said.
State law allows for the incumbent to remain in power until the appeal is handled. Ward 1′s incumbent, outgoing Mayor Pro Tem Thomas Lowery, died days before the election.
Gibson declined to comment and attempts to contact Evans were unsuccessful.
Gibson’s campaign manager Jeffrey Lampkin said Gibson is optimistic the case will soon be resolved in his favor.
“It seems undemocratic but it’s the process and we have to allow the process to prevail and that’s one of the things we’re trying to make sure everyone understands. That at the end of the day, he has a due process to be able to allow the court to hear his case, to allow his case to be heard at every level,” he said.
“But at every level, they’re going to make a decision to show that the election was held in integrity, the election was held with all the standards and the rights and the things that were supposed to be done.”
Squad member Dr. Sonja Murphy called on Evans as responsible for fixing “the mess.”
“Mr. Evans if you see this, then you need to go and drop the charges and let your conscience be your guide. Because it wasn’t right to start,” she said.
A spokesperson for the City of Sumter sent WIS a statement reading:
The City of Sumter is awaiting final legal ruling from the state Supreme Court on the challenge of the 2022 election. Until that ruling is received, Councilman-elect Anthony Gibson has been meeting regularly with the constituents in Ward 1 through various neighborhood meetings and personal visits, as well as meeting with various City Staff, Departments, and other elected officials to address issues and/or concerns. He has also been attending City Council meetings and state-level meetings. The only duty Mr. Gibson has not been able to perform is participating in the actual voting process as a sworn-in member of City Council.
The term runs through November 2026.
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SUMTER, S.C. — Hundreds of people from across the United States are traveling to Sumter this weekend for the 50th World Invitational Double-Dutch Championship.Teams of all ages have qualified from their state championships, and now they’re going up against the best."It’s just really cool coming out and seeing so many teams from so many different places," Brelaysha Nicole Benson sai...
SUMTER, S.C. — Hundreds of people from across the United States are traveling to Sumter this weekend for the 50th World Invitational Double-Dutch Championship.
Teams of all ages have qualified from their state championships, and now they’re going up against the best.
"It’s just really cool coming out and seeing so many teams from so many different places," Brelaysha Nicole Benson said.
Benson coaches the Double-Dutch Rope Twisters. The team traveled from Cincinnati to compete in the championship, which is being held in Sumter this year.
"All the teams here had to qualify in their states," Tournament Director Jamal Turner said. "So you have teams from Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Ohio, North Carolina and South Carolina."
Fifty-six teams are participating this year, which marks the 50th anniversary.
"First one in 1975 was at Lincoln Center," Turner said. "It was there for a couple of years and then it bounced around to different states and then when we came here it was kind of like home."
Jumpers like Kamela Steele, who are calling the Midlands home for the next few days, are showing off their skills.
"Personally when you get out there it’s very stressful, but once you get in the rope, you start turning, and you get there and it’s like you know how to do this," Steele said.
Gwen Maristany, whose family is from Sumter, helped found the American Double-Dutch League. She says she's excited to see the familiar city host this tournament.
"We used our background to put together some ideas and some boundaries that we wanted to use in a new sport really that had not been organized passed just jumping in the street," Maristany said. "We jumped as children but we wanted to get something that was a little bit more structured. And using our background in different sports — in track and field, dance, gymnastics — so we decided what can we do? Double Dutch seemed to encompass all of these in some kind of way, shape or form."
Maristany worked alongside fellow physical education teacher Cheryl Holt and other board members to draft a rulebook and form the sport.
"When we look at the 50 years, we look at who’s here and remember them as children when they were jumping and now they have their own team, their own coaches, so it’s really evolved," Holt said.
As coaches like Lacie Doolittle from Wagener, SC with Epic Girls Squad compete while forming long-lasting friendships.
"We are a team. We are a unit. We operate as one," Doolittle said. "We win as a team. We lose as a team. We laugh as a team, we cry as a team. When one fails, we all fail. You are only as strong as your weakest teammate."
The tournament goes through Saturday at the Sumter County Civic Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It’s free for anyone to watch the jumpers in action.
Sumter County Sheriff's Office says it received a tip that the suspected serial killer Rex Heuermann may have a connection to missing Sumter woman Julie Bean.SUMTER, S.C. — Sumter County investigators are looking into whether there is a potential connection between a missing Midlands woman and a suspected serial killer in Long Island.“Miss Bean was last seen in Sumter County on May 31, 2017,” Mark Bordeaux with Sumter County Sheriff&rsquo...
Sumter County Sheriff's Office says it received a tip that the suspected serial killer Rex Heuermann may have a connection to missing Sumter woman Julie Bean.
SUMTER, S.C. — Sumter County investigators are looking into whether there is a potential connection between a missing Midlands woman and a suspected serial killer in Long Island.
“Miss Bean was last seen in Sumter County on May 31, 2017,” Mark Bordeaux with Sumter County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) says.
It’s a case that’s gone cold, but has remained open, Bordeaux explains.
“This case and all of our cases that are unresolved, particularly homicides and missing persons, are never closed until we come to a place of resolution that we find an answer to what has happened,” Bordeaux details.
Now, a recent tip has reignited the conversation about what might have happened with Bean.
“Miss Bean may have a connection with the serial killer in New York, Rex Heuermann,” Bordeaux shares. “It's still unclear, but there's enough hope that our investigators are doggedly pursuing an answer.”
Investigators say a third party tip came in from someone outside of Sumter County who said there might be a connection between the suspected serial killer accused of killing four women. SCSO is now checking whether Bean should be added to the list. SCSO says Bean’s daughter initially reported her missing back in 2017. In a recent interview, SCSO says she remembered something that might be key.
“Someone that may have been, appeared, may have looked like Mr. Heuermann was with her mother and a vehicle may have been similar,” Bordeaux explains. “But once again, you'll notice I'm using the word ‘may’ and ‘possibly.’ We're hoping to nail that down through further investigations going on as we speak.”
Bordeaux says investigators’ response has been “guarded excitement.”
“On the one hand, we can get well-meaning tips and suggestions and theories that may have no basis in fact, so our men and women have to guard their emotions and just proceed methodically in what they're doing,” Bordeaux explains. “So there's a lot of hope for all of these missing people, as well as the homicide cases that have been unsolved, that we’ll have an answer, but until we have the evidence, we must be guarded in how we react and respond…”
While Bordeaux tells me investigators are working through this tip to see if there might be a connection, they’re still asking anyone with information to come forward.
“Almost every case that's been unsolved, I believe that somebody knows something,” Bordeaux says. “And if they will pause and think of the difference they can make in an a family's life, the justice that they could bring, and that they could really be used to make a difference in society by just stepping up and saying what they know, can you imagine if everybody that had information on a case, even if they weren't sure it was relevant, would just contact the law enforcement officials?”
At this point, Bordeaux says it is “only a missing person case at this time.” In the “best case scenario,” he says investigators are hoping to find Miss Bean alive, “but any information that may be helpful is what we want.”
SUMTER, S.C. — Some Sumter residents are waking up to discolored water from their faucets, which they've seen periodically for years. They say it can sometimes be yellow, brown or red, but it usually goes away after a few hours."Everything was great until the red water started," Doug Jones said.Jones moved to Sumter 35 years ago, living in three different locations throughout the city over the past few decades. At each new place he move...
SUMTER, S.C. — Some Sumter residents are waking up to discolored water from their faucets, which they've seen periodically for years. They say it can sometimes be yellow, brown or red, but it usually goes away after a few hours.
"Everything was great until the red water started," Doug Jones said.
Jones moved to Sumter 35 years ago, living in three different locations throughout the city over the past few decades. At each new place he moved to, Jones tells me the "red water" followed. He even worked with a neighbor to create a Facebook page where residents used to document the discoloration. While the pictures are from a few years ago, Jones tells me the water periodically looks the same.
The City of Sumter said this discoloration comes from iron.
"The discolored water is iron, which is a naturally occurring mineral dissolved in our ground water aquifer sources. It is not hazardous and will not cause any health issues if ingested or touched; however, it can stain clothes in the wash," Shelley Kile, the city's communications manager, said in a statement.
Some residents like Jones, however, are concerned about the elevated iron levels.
"I have to control my iron level, and I certainly can't control it with the quality of water that the city is used to providing me and charging me for," Jones said.
Jones has hemochromatosis, meaning his body stores too much iron as it is, which he realized through genetic testing.
"What really got me is I was going into the airport in Columbia, and I was routinely setting off the metal detector," Jones said about one of the symptoms that led to his diagnosis.
He said elevated iron levels in the water are problematic for Jones and others like him.
"How could a city of our size not be able to overcome iron in the water?" he asked.
The city said it had installed automatic blowoff valves in areas where this "red water" is a common occurrence.
It also said it "flushes fire hydrants to reduce the chance of iron deposition in the water lines."
Despite these efforts, the city said certain events, like "fire hydrants being flowed, waterline breaks, changes in water plant operations or water plants being taken offline for maintenance," can cause the iron to appear in water coming from residents' faucets.
This is because "during an event that causes an increase in the velocity or change in the direction of the water flow in the potable water lines, the iron deposited in the water line will become suspended in the potable water."
The city does conduct a water quality report each year and said while the water can pick up substances like inorganic or organic chemicals, the drinking water is safe and meets all federal requirements. Residents like Jones, however, want to find a way to remove the high iron levels.
"We probably need to look outside of Sumter, South Carolina, to get a fix," Jones said. "We all collectively hoped that the city would take all these people seriously because, again, we're property owners, and we pay taxes to the county; we pay taxes to the city. All we're asking for is clean drinking water. It doesn't seem that difficult for other municipalities to provide that."
The city tells News 19 that if residents experience discolored water, they should report their physical address to the Public Services Department by calling 803-436-2558.
SUMTER COUNTY, S.C. (WIS) - A $65.9 million investment is creating 300 new jobs in Sumter County through SEM Wafertech and Solar4America’s establishment of a new operations center.A press release read SPI Energy Co., Ltd. a global renewable energy company that owns both entities, announced plans to establish their first South Carolina operations in Sumter County.The new Sumter Co. facility will help the increasing need for locally sourced solar wafers as the demand for solar power continues to grow in the U.S. SEM Waferte...
SUMTER COUNTY, S.C. (WIS) - A $65.9 million investment is creating 300 new jobs in Sumter County through SEM Wafertech and Solar4America’s establishment of a new operations center.
A press release read SPI Energy Co., Ltd. a global renewable energy company that owns both entities, announced plans to establish their first South Carolina operations in Sumter County.
The new Sumter Co. facility will help the increasing need for locally sourced solar wafers as the demand for solar power continues to grow in the U.S. SEM Wafertech is targeting delivery and production of its first solar wafers in the U.S. by the end of 2023 according to the press release.
SEM Wafertech and Solar4America plan to occupy an existing building located at 1150 Clipper Road in Sumter, where they will design, build out and install a world-class silicon wafer slicing facility read the press release.
“South Carolina has proven it has the business environment and workforce in place to attract innovative companies like SEM Wafertech and Solar4America. This $65.9 million investment is yet another win for the state, and we anticipate a long and fruitful partnership.” said South Carolina Governor. Henry McMaster.
SEM Wafertech Inc. and Solar4America Technology, Inc. Chairman Denton Peng said “As a global renewable energy company making American-made solar wafers and modules, we recognize the importance of having a strong domestic supply chain to meet the fast-growing demand for affordable solar power. We plan to bring the highest-quality domestically produced solar wafers and modules to market, enhancing our nation’s manufacturing capabilities with a long-term investment that will create good paying jobs for South Carolina.”
Operations are expected to begin in the fourth quarter of 2023. Individuals interested in joining the team should visit the company’s careers page.
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