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 Wallhalla, 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 Wallhalla, 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 Wallhalla 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 Wallhalla'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 Wallhalla.
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 Wallhalla, 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 Wallhalla, 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 Wallhalla, 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 Wallhalla, 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
Anderson School District 5 will be the first in South Carolina to try an eLearning program that will eliminate makeup days caused by bad weather."With today's technology, it makes so much sense, from the practical standpoint and financially," said District 5 Superintendent Tom Wilson, who proposed the idea to the state's Education Oversight Committee (EOC) in May. "Technology has changed every profession, and we have the technology in place to keep kids working during the snow days and eliminate the makeu...
Anderson School District 5 will be the first in South Carolina to try an eLearning program that will eliminate makeup days caused by bad weather.
"With today's technology, it makes so much sense, from the practical standpoint and financially," said District 5 Superintendent Tom Wilson, who proposed the idea to the state's Education Oversight Committee (EOC) in May. "Technology has changed every profession, and we have the technology in place to keep kids working during the snow days and eliminate the makeup days.
"I think we will be a good model for the state," he added. "We've invested $11 million in Chromebooks in the last five years, and this enables us to make use of it."
The district has been selected as the state's pilot program for the upcoming school year.
The eLearning days will enable the district to operate with a firm calendar in 2018-19, with no inclement weather makeup days. If snow or ice hit, students will access assignments via their Chromebooks, which do not require internet service.
Students unable to complete the work because of any technology issues will get a five-day grace period.
"No longer will we need to run buses mid-June for a makeup day that only a quarter of our students attend," Wilson said. "We have the resources in Anderson 5, and doing this allows us to utilize those resources to their fullest extent."
Anna Baldwin, District 5 director of eLearning and integration, said the project will also help parents, who will be able to plan summer activities without having to consider makeup days. The technology also will enhance teachers' ability to communicate with the students, she said.
"On days when the eLearning is implemented, the teacher can look at the progress of the student's work, and if they're struggling, the teacher can ask questions or recommend a video or a document that might help.
"It really takes down some of the barriers," Baldwin said. "We're at the point where not everybody has to be in the classroom with the teacher in order for the learning to continue."
Any eLearning days will count toward the 180 school days required by the state.
The eLearning day will be announced in the school closings on local news, the school messenger calls, and on the district website. Students will find their assignments loaded electronically into Google Classroom, a learning management system that all teachers use within their classroom to provide lessons, resources and support from the teacher.
Students can submit the work for the assignment through Google Classroom. Teachers will be available throughout the day via virtual office hours to answer questions from students or their parent or guardian.
Robert Anderson Middle School principal Leonard Galloway expects students to react favorably, in part because they are accustomed to the technology, and teachers will benefit.
"From an educator's standpoint, it's easy to plan for the expected. It's the unexpected things, like snow days, that disrupt schedules and teaching plans. This will enable teachers to stay on schedule," Galloway said.
"I feel good about it. I'm excited that Anderson is leading the way. I think we can be the model for other districts."
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The Greenville NewsThey've worked hard, balancing their schoolwork with other activities. They've finished at the top of their class and now they're headed off to do the next big thing. In this feature, we asked 2017 high school valedictorians in Oconee to tell us about themselves and share advice with other students.Catherine Greer LeeHigh School and GPA: Walhalla, 5.10College and major: University of South Carolina, Pharmaceutical Sciences...
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They've worked hard, balancing their schoolwork with other activities. They've finished at the top of their class and now they're headed off to do the next big thing. In this feature, we asked 2017 high school valedictorians in Oconee to tell us about themselves and share advice with other students.
Catherine Greer Lee
High School and GPA: Walhalla, 5.10
College and major: University of South Carolina, Pharmaceutical Sciences
Extra-curricular activities: National Honor Society, Beta Club, Girls' Varsity Tennis, Pep Club, Walhalla YoungLife, St. John's Lutheran Church
Advice to younger students: Set a goal for yourself and work hard to achieve that goal.
Who inspires you and why? My parents. They always support me and encourage me to do anything I set my mind to.
Jennifer Faye Rose?
High school and GPA: West-Oak, 5.05
College and major: Lee University, Secondary Education, math?
Extra-curricular activities: Marching Band, Symphonic Band, and Jazz Band, teacher cadet, FCA, creating the bulletin for Westminster Church of God, and participating in the Praise Team and Psalms 150 Ministries.
Advice to younger students? Keep working hard and always follow the Lord, because with Him on your side, you will never fail. Be who He has called you to be because He has great plans for you.
Who inspires you and why? My brother inspires me everyday because of his care-free attitude and his boldness. He didn’t have the highest grades in high school and he wasn’t popular, but he was himself, and he has succeeded in life much more than people with college degrees. Thank you, David, for showing me that grades aren’t the only thing that matters. It is the way that you live your life, and that we should always live it to the full.
High school and GPA: Seneca
College and major: Rochester Institute of Technology, Biomedical Engineering
Extra-curricular activities: Soccer, Cross Country, National Honor Society, Orchestra
Advice to younger students? Don't be afraid to chase your dreams. Challenge yourself. Find what makes you happy and do that.
Who inspires you and why? My little sister is a huge inspiration to me. She has found something that she loves — dance — and fearlessly devotes herself to that dream day after day.
Special to Independent MailWALHALLA − The extension of the statewide Palmetto Trail to a Walhalla terminus might boost other area state parks as well as the city.“No doubt it will attract more stewardship-minded folks to the area to enjoy what we have to offer,” Rob Achenberg, regional chief for the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism, said on Monday to civic group Walhalla Partners for Progress.The Foothills Trail provided a boon to Oconee State Park, where the tra...
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WALHALLA − The extension of the statewide Palmetto Trail to a Walhalla terminus might boost other area state parks as well as the city.
“No doubt it will attract more stewardship-minded folks to the area to enjoy what we have to offer,” Rob Achenberg, regional chief for the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism, said on Monday to civic group Walhalla Partners for Progress.
The Foothills Trail provided a boon to Oconee State Park, where the trail terminates and “the Palmetto Trail will just add to that," he said.
Along with discussion of the Palmetto Trail’s potential impact, Achenberg gave an overview highlighting both the recreational and economic role of Oconee County’s four state parks − Oconee State Park, the Oconee Station Historic Site, Devil’s Fork State Park and Lake Hartwell State Park − the most of any other county in South Carolina.
The state parks overall have been moving toward 100 percent self-sufficiency, Achenberg said, and Oconee’s parks have moved steadily in that direction, with Devil’s Fork State Park more than self-sustaining, producing about 60 percent more revenue that its operating costs.
The county’s flagship Oconee State Park, built in the 1930s and looking at some improvements soon to its period-built cabins, is expected to benefit the most from the Palmetto Trail. The park is already 95 percent self-sustaining, according to Achenberg.
It was announced last year that the 350-mile Palmetto Trail is intended to terminate in downtown Walhalla following a 16-mile extension that will run from the present terminus at Oconee Station to take in the Issaqueena Falls area and the Walhalla’s Stumphouse Tunnel Park, centered on an uncompleted railroad tunnel started in the 1850s.
Walhalla is currently in the process of applying for state Department of Transportation “C” funds to fund the Palmetto Trail extension in stages.
“C” funds, derived from the state gasoline tax, are earmarked to fund improvements of state roads, county roads, city streets, and other local transportation projects.
Dan Pollock, president of Walhalla Partners for Progress, said Monday that two meetings are planned in September to help resolve issues related to the extension of the Palmetto Trail across U.S. Forest Service lands on its way to the new terminus.
One purpose, said Pollock, will be to elicit public input into the plans and to answer questions to some who may oppose the extension.
“This is Forest Service land,” Pollock said. “There may be people who just want it to be left alone to go back to nature.”
Adhering to Forest Service protocols for the trail, such as cutting no tree over 3 inches in diameter or making no cuts within 20 feet of a street, offered a sound compromise, said Pollock.
The first meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Mountain Rest Community Center off S.C. 28. The second meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Salem Community Center.
The meetings will be sponsored by the Palmetto Conservation Foundation.
OCONEE COUNTY, S.C. —An Upstate assistant principal has resigned after being called a “cyber-bully” by those concerned about a Facebook post.The school district of Oconee County released a statement saying, "The school district of Oconee County, both in policy and practice, prohibits harassment, intimidation, or bullying of any kind. Regrettably, a district employee made an inappropriate posting through social media that included a photograph of one of the district's students. The distric...
OCONEE COUNTY, S.C. —
An Upstate assistant principal has resigned after being called a “cyber-bully” by those concerned about a Facebook post.
The school district of Oconee County released a statement saying, "The school district of Oconee County, both in policy and practice, prohibits harassment, intimidation, or bullying of any kind. Regrettably, a district employee made an inappropriate posting through social media that included a photograph of one of the district's students. The district does not condone this conduct and the individual who made the inappropriate posting has resigned. Any allegations of harassment, intimidation, or bullying are investigated fully by the district administration and addressed as appropriate. The district sincerely regrets the incident occurred."
The post shows a picture of a 6-year-old girl in the Seneca Wal-Mart with the caption, “Honey Boo-Boo in Wal-Mart.”
Honey Boo-Boo is the star of a reality TV show.
Hundreds signed a petition asking for Charles Fowler’s termination. They said Fowler, an assistant principal at Walhalla High School, posted the picture and caption on his Facebook account.
The little girl is a kindergartener in Oconee County.
Elaine Thompson, the girl’s great-grandmother, said the 6-year-old stayed home from school Monday because of the post.
“(Fowler) just picked her out in Wal-Mart and then wants to ridicule her and call her Honey Boo-Boo just because she's overweight. She's got health problems. I take her to the doctor for that,” said Thompson. “He has devastated my family. He has embarrassed us.”
Thompson said she has a meeting with Oconee County School District officials on Tuesday.
“(My great-granddaughter) was up until after midnight and she was saying, 'Nanny, people are calling me Honey Boo-Boo.' She said, ‘Nanny, I've got to lose some weight,’ and she said, ‘I don't want people to see me like this,’ said Thompson. “She is so sweet and for someone to hurt her feelings like that - not only hers, but all our family. It's just so embarrassing you know, but more hurtful than embarrassing.”
In a statement to WYFF News 4, Oconee County Schools Assistant Superintendent of Operations Dr. Michael Thorsland said, "We are aware and we are investigating. We do have board policies that pertain to this situation and, as we investigate, we'll apply these policies to the situation as best we can," said Thorsland. "We're certainly sorry this has become an issue. We shouldn't be dealing with something like this."
Thorsland said that Fowler was not at school Monday. Thorsland said he can’t comment further because it’s a personnel matter, but said it’s not uncommon for employees to be put on administrative leave during investigations such as this.
WALHALLA — Walhalla principal Steve Garrett and the administration at Walhalla High School made an "outside the box" hire in January when they tabbed Padgett Johnson as football coach.Garrett noted that the program has won 27.4 percent of its games since the turn of the millennium, and said the administration decided to go beyond the "traditional coaching model," and instead focused on leadership at the top.The Razorbacks are coming off a 1-9 season a year ago, that ended with the resignation of Jeremy...
WALHALLA — Walhalla principal Steve Garrett and the administration at Walhalla High School made an "outside the box" hire in January when they tabbed Padgett Johnson as football coach.
Garrett noted that the program has won 27.4 percent of its games since the turn of the millennium, and said the administration decided to go beyond the "traditional coaching model," and instead focused on leadership at the top.
The Razorbacks are coming off a 1-9 season a year ago, that ended with the resignation of Jeremy Grogan, who went 8-32 during his four years as head coach.
Johnson, the president of Johnson Electric Company did not come to the Razorbacks with zero football experience. Over the last six years, Johnson has led the Central Tigers in the Central Recreation League, which has fed D.W. Daniel with players.
He has 16 years coaching experience overall.
Linebacker Patrick Nations said the last few months have been a big transition for the team.
"It has been going well. Coach Johnson and the staff have been working really hard to get us prepared," he said. "We have grown a lot as a team since spring practice and we are working very hard to buy into this new brand of Walhalla football.
"The staff definitely knows what they are talking about and knows what we need to accomplish not only as a team, but also to help us grow as men."
Johnson said the biggest thing has been implementing his system.
"The players have been very receptive. They enjoy the new pace, they enjoy the style of play," he said. "Nearly everyone is learning new positions, so that has been exciting for them."
On the field, the Razors have work to do to improve on both sides of the ball.
Offensively, Walhalla averaged just 8.5 points per game, and was shut out four times. The best output came in a loss 33-24 loss to Landrum.
One player to keep an eye on is sophomore quarterback Chris Meadors. In spring drills, Meadors looked very comfortable running the offense, bringing good mobility and a strong arm to the backfield.
He is in a competition with senior Corey Donald. Last season the rising senior split time with the now graduated Tyler Abercrombie in Walhalla's traditional double-wing option offense.
Like Meadors, Donald showed a comfort in the spring running the new, more modern spread offense.
Johnson said there is a leader.
"Cory is our starter. He has been exemplary from the start, doing everything we ask of him," he said. "He has the experience, he has been through the battles and he has fully bought in to what we are doing."
There are question marks for the passing game after the losses of Seth Holcombe and Austin Barnum. Look to the tight ends, where both senior Brandon Holmes and sophomore Korbin Fitzgerald bring good size to the position. Also watch for Logan Maitland-Smith, who played tailback last year but is converting to a flex slot receiver.
"We are going to be wide open on offense. That is a change from the last few seasons," Johnson said.
Defensively Walhalla struggled, giving up an average of 40.8 points per game.
Players such as Nations and linebacker Jadan Grant, junior safety Gavin Holdbrooks and senior lineman Chris Wright should provide a core for the team to build around this season.
"The defensive guys are doing well. It is all brand new on that side of the ball as well," Johnson said. "They did well in the 7-on-7 camps, and going against our offense is getting them used to going against teams that run the spread. I don't think we have a single kid in the same position they were in a season ago."