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.
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Sumter (S.C.) Lakewood cornerback Brandon Cisse has committed to NC State.It was a quick turnaround for the 5-foot-11 1/2, 162-pound Cisse, who was offered by the Wolfpack after a dominant camp showing last Saturday. From testing to drills, the 5-foot-11 1/2, 162-pound Cisse was exceptional. His performance included a 4.45-second 40-yard dash, 9-foot-8 broad jump and 34.9-inch vertical jump.After being offered by Stat...
Sumter (S.C.) Lakewood cornerback Brandon Cisse has committed to NC State.
It was a quick turnaround for the 5-foot-11 1/2, 162-pound Cisse, who was offered by the Wolfpack after a dominant camp showing last Saturday. From testing to drills, the 5-foot-11 1/2, 162-pound Cisse was exceptional. His performance included a 4.45-second 40-yard dash, 9-foot-8 broad jump and 34.9-inch vertical jump.
After being offered by State, Cisse returned to Raleigh with his family 72 hours later, and spent time with the coaching staff. The Lakewood standout's return-trip to State helped seal the deal.
"Them being the first Power Five program to offer was definitely a big deal to me," Cisse said after last Tuesday’s visit. "So, I had to make sure I took another trip back there with my family. It was a mandatory thing. I just wanted to make sure my family saw everything and they really liked it.
"It was actually my third time there because I went to the Syracuse game last fall. I really enjoyed it. I think this time was probably the best, though, because I got to be around the staff a little more and see everything. It went really well."
One week later, Cisse pulled the trigger with a commitment to the Pack. He made the announcement at his high school with a ceremony to honor his commitment.
Defensive back is a major need in this class and the Pack's expected to take five in 2023. With the three-star prospect in the fold, the remaining projection is for the Pack to add another corner (likely from the transfer portal), two safeties and a nickel.
Cisse, who held 20-plus scholarship offers, is the sixth commit in Pack23 and first defensive pledge of the cycle, joining quarterback Lex Thomas, offensive tackles Darion Rivers, Charlie Symonds and Obadiah Obasuyi, and tight end Javonte Vereen,
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A teenager caught an enormous 11.34lb pompano dolphinfish on a high-school graduation trip that could smash the current world record.Charles Noonan, 18, lives in Sumter in South Carolina and was on a charter trip in Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina, when he landed the fish.Early in the morning of June 8, he and fellow crewmembers came across an abandoned raft about 42 miles off the b...
A teenager caught an enormous 11.34lb pompano dolphinfish on a high-school graduation trip that could smash the current world record.
Charles Noonan, 18, lives in Sumter in South Carolina and was on a charter trip in Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina, when he landed the fish.
Early in the morning of June 8, he and fellow crewmembers came across an abandoned raft about 42 miles off the beach, a North Carolina Environmental Quality press release said.
The crew noticed several dolphinfish around the raft. When they returned to the spot a bit later, Noonan felt something on his rod.
The teen tackled the huge fish onto the boat. Noonan believed it was just a common dolphinfish at first.
There are only two species of dolphinfish, also known as Mahi Mahi. The common dolphinfish are usually large and can weigh 80lb. However the smaller pompano species, usually only weigh, on average, 2lb.
However captain of the charter, Tyler Hailey, started to realize that something wasn't right with the fish.
The charter crew brought the enormous catch to the dock and asked some local experts for their opinion. It was then confirmed that this fish was not a common dolphinfish, but a particularly large pompano dolphinfish.
The fish's weight was confirmed at a certified scale at the Intracoastal Angler in Wilmington, Outdoor life reported. The fish also had a 17.25-inch girth.
The pompano has already set the North Carolina state record, however it was also heavier than the current world record for the species. The current world record was set in 2008, by an 8.8-pound pompano caught in Maryland.
Noonan has gotten in touch with the International Game Fish Association (IGFA) to be considered for a world record, with details of his catch.
Noonan's catch will beat the world record if the paperwork is accepted by the IGFA.
Hailey told one news outlet that the experience of catching a world record fish was "pretty humbling."
Pompano dolphinfish live near the surface of the ocean, in tropical and subtropical waters. They can reach a maximum length of 50 inches, however on average they grown between 20 to 24 inches. Pompano dolphinfish on the heavier side usually only weigh up to 5 pounds, making Noonan's catch particularly unusual.
The fish are not considered particularly important to fisheries, but they are commonly caught as game. Anglers will often catch the fish while looking for other species.
Fishing for this species is particularly popular off North Carolina, the Gulf of Mexico, Florida, and Japan. As the fish have a short lifespan and grow quickly, they are not considered at risk of overfishing.
SUMTER COUNTY, S.C. (WIS/CNN Newsource/WKRC) - Two women, a mother and daughter, are facing charges in South Carolina, accused of assaulting children at a middle school."I was so mad and at the moment who would be calm? In a situation like that, who would be calm?" said Kelsey Ellerbe, the mother of a student.Ellerbe got a call from her daughter saying she'd been attacked at school -- by two adults.The Sumter County Sheriff's Office says Whitley Smith and Mamie Smith gained entry into a middle school by claimin...
SUMTER COUNTY, S.C. (WIS/CNN Newsource/WKRC) - Two women, a mother and daughter, are facing charges in South Carolina, accused of assaulting children at a middle school.
"I was so mad and at the moment who would be calm? In a situation like that, who would be calm?" said Kelsey Ellerbe, the mother of a student.
Ellerbe got a call from her daughter saying she'd been attacked at school -- by two adults.
The Sumter County Sheriff's Office says Whitley Smith and Mamie Smith gained entry into a middle school by claiming they had to go to the attendance office. Once inside, they ran down the hallway, pushed a student against a wall and began hitting her and scratching her in the head and face.
Two other students were hurt, one taken by her parents for medical treatment.
"How would y'all feel if that was your kid being attacked by two grown adults, a 32-year-old and 67-year-old woman?" asked Ellerbe. "How would you feel? As a mom, as a single mother, I'm hurt, I'm hurt by that. My daughter is hurt. She's traumatized. We didn't even get sleep."
Ellerbe says her daughter is tough but she broke down in tears last night.
"My baby, she's 12 years old. The other girl... she's 12 years old. These are minors. And ya'll took upon yourselves to react to a situation that could've been resolved any other kind of way," said Ellerbe, who was left with many unanswered questions.
"They need better security. Nobody is allowed to go to the back of the school due to COVID. So how were they able to get to the back of the school? That's my question," said Ellerbe. "How were they able to get past all of that and go down all the hall, all the way down the hall and down some more to kids? I don't get it."
Investigators say the women went to the school because they thought a relative was being bullied, but they attacked the wrong students.
Both women bonded out of jail Thursday evening.
The Sumter School District released a statement saying the incident was "deeply disturbing" and they will continue to revisit safety protocols at schools.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Please note that due to the threat of COVID-19, some of the following events may be cancelled or rescheduled unexpectedly.Sumter Senior Services and the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of Sumter are seeking volunteers to support the missions of nonprofit organizations in Sumter County. The RSVP matches the talents and skills of people 55 and older with community nonprofits, organizations and agencies seeking volunteers. RSVP of Sumter has ongoing partnerships and available volunteer...
EDITOR'S NOTE: Please note that due to the threat of COVID-19, some of the following events may be cancelled or rescheduled unexpectedly.
Sumter Senior Services and the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of Sumter are seeking volunteers to support the missions of nonprofit organizations in Sumter County. The RSVP matches the talents and skills of people 55 and older with community nonprofits, organizations and agencies seeking volunteers. RSVP of Sumter has ongoing partnerships and available volunteer opportunities with Christian Charities of Sumter, Community Juvenile Arbitration, National Federation of the Blind: Sumter Chapter, Sumter Senior Services (Meals on Wheels), Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital and Hospice, United Ministries of Sumter and the Veterans Administration Community Based Outpatient Clinic. Volunteer opportunities include delivering meals, sorting nonperishable food donations, mentoring the youth, administrative duties and much more. RSVP volunteers can make a difference by investing a few hours per week. If you are 55 years or older, a Sumter County resident and would like more information, contact Rebecca Sears at (803) 773-5508 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Sumter County Recreation Department 2022 Summer Enrichment Program for ages 5 through 12 will be held June 13-July 22 at the following locations: Catchall-Shaw Community Center, Cherryvale Community Center, DeLaine Community Center, Eastern Community Center, Ebenezer Community Center, Rembert-Rafting Creek Community Center and Salterstown Community Center. Cost is $100 per participant. To register or for additional information, contact the community center or call the Recreation Department at (803) 436-2248.
Kidz Kub of Sumter is accepting applications for summer camp at the South HOPE Center. Camp dates will be Monday-Thursday, June 6-30. Cost is $30 per week, and there are some scholarships available. Call Yvonne Pitt-Meyers at (803) 840-2394 for more information.
Marine Corps League Detachment 1202 meets at 6 p.m. on the third Monday of each month at the VFW, 1925 Gion St. All present and former Marines are welcome. Call (803) 972-4555.
American Legion Post 15 meets at 6:30 p.m. on the first Monday of each month at 34 S. Artillery Drive. All veterans, past and present, are welcome. Call (803) 968-5115.
The Civil Air Patrol Sumter Composite Squadron meets from 6:30 to 9 p.m. each Tuesday at 2945 Airport Road. There are cadet programs, aerospace education programs and emergency services programs. Call Lt. Col. George Stanley at (803) 847-7640. Visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com for information.
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 12-1 meets at 7 p.m. on the third Monday of each month at the Summerton Fire Station, North Cantey Street, Summerton. Membership is open to any U.S. citizen age 17 or older. Previous service in the Coast Guard is not required. The auxiliary's main objective is to promote safe recreational boating on Lake Marion and Lake Moultrie by offering safe boating classes, courtesy vessel checks for required safety equipment and patrolling the lakes offering assistance to anyone in need. The auxiliary also stands ready to assist the USCG with their mission along with search and rescue. We encourage anyone interested in participating in our mission to attend a meeting and learn more about the auxiliary.
Temple Sinai Jewish History Center is seeking docents (tour guides). Docents must be 18 years of age or older and willing to attend training prior to starting. This is a volunteer position and you will be asked to commit at least a few hours a month (Thursday or Friday afternoon or Saturday morning). The museum will work with students who want to arrange class credit through their college. The Center covers South Carolina and Sumter Jewish history, the Holocaust and Sumter's ties to the Holocaust. Docents must be friendly and comfortable engaging with both children and adults. Contact Diana Roof at (803) 468-8630 or at email@example.com or Annie Rivers at (803) 775-0908 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lake Marion VFW Post 11078, Summerton, meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 1 Duke St., Summerton, behind First Citizens Bank. Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. with the meeting beginning at 7 p.m. All VFW members are encouraged to attend. Call Carl A. Farley at (803) 460-8910.
SUMTER, S.C. — After a two-year pandemic pause, the Sumter Iris Festival returned Thursday.Celebrating its 80th year, the festival, which attracts tens of thousands to the Gamecock City, opened with a 'Taste at the Gardens,' connecting patrons with food vendors and entertainment."We cut the ribbon. We opened the 80th Iris Festival in Sumter, South Carolina. Just a fun night," Mayor David Merchant said. "We crowned our new ki...
SUMTER, S.C. — After a two-year pandemic pause, the Sumter Iris Festival returned Thursday.
Celebrating its 80th year, the festival, which attracts tens of thousands to the Gamecock City, opened with a 'Taste at the Gardens,' connecting patrons with food vendors and entertainment.
"We cut the ribbon. We opened the 80th Iris Festival in Sumter, South Carolina. Just a fun night," Mayor David Merchant said. "We crowned our new king and queen of the Iris Festival.... We've got vendors, food, just different things we can do. It's entertainment all weekend."
The free festival will open Friday to Sunday at 10 a.m., closing at 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 5 p.m. on Sunday. Festival vendors will be open all three days.
Visitors can enjoy a pontoon boat ride on Swan Lake. It's the only time these rides are available on the lake.
It's also the only time of year people can purchase Japanese Irises at the Gardens, which will be on sale all three days at the Sumter Master Gardener’s booth.
"I think it's a good thing for the community," Jack Hartzog, who was attending, said. "Obviously, it gets people out and you get to support small businesses that are in the local area."
Mike Nelson, another attendee, agreed, noting the food was a draw.
"Nice weather. The rain didn't show up," Nelson said. "I started off with shrimp and grits. I'm up to strawberry shortcake."
After the festival closes on Friday, the free Forth Friday Concert Series will kick-off on Main Street at 6 p.m. with Too Much Sylvia. Then, the Red Clay Strays will perform at 8 p.m. at the Sumter Opera House.
There’s going to be more to do for kids this year with the addition of a petting zoo, STEM activities, and more all weekend, and on Saturday, an old-fashioned carousel. Sumter’s Iris Festival Shrine Day parade is also happening on Saturday at 10 a.m.
Saturday evening, in celebration of the festival's 80th anniversary, The DeLoreans, an '80s tribute band, will take stage at Sumter Original Brewery. Tickets for the all-ages show are $20 and available online at irisfestival.org. One of the highlights of the evening will be an '80s costume contest.
Santee-Wateree RTA will be providing shuttle service from the Sumter County Civic Center on Saturday and Sunday during festival hours.
"It's a huge boost for the city," Mayor Merchant said. "It just brings us all together and it's like, if people say there's nothing to do in Sumter this weekend, they've got a problem because it is just a fun-filled, action packed weekend. All types of entertainment for families, you know, young, old, single, married, all around. So, we just ask people to come over to Sumter this weekend and just join us in the fun."
The Sumter Iris Festival is located at Swan Lake Iris Gardens at 822 W Liberty St. To find a full list of events scheduled as well as parking information, visit IrisFestival.org.