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 Walterboro, 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 Walterboro, 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 Walterboro 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 Walterboro'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 Walterboro.
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 Walterboro, 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 Walterboro, 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 Walterboro, 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 Walterboro, 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
A firearm was found in a parked vehicle outside Colleton County High School in Walterboro, South Carolina on Monday, according to a statement issued by the county school district.The firearm was retrieved following an incident linked to “recent community violence that has affected the school climate and culture,” district officials ...
A firearm was found in a parked vehicle outside Colleton County High School in Walterboro, South Carolina on Monday, according to a statement issued by the county school district.
The firearm was retrieved following an incident linked to “recent community violence that has affected the school climate and culture,” district officials told reporter Joseph Erickson of WCIV TV-4 (ABC – Charleston, S.C.).
This news outlet has obtained video footage posted to social media on Monday which depicts part of the incident alleged to have taken place at the school.
According to school safety and security coordinator Wesley McNeely, he witnessed part of the melee and headed toward the violence in an effort to help restore order.
“The school resource officer and other law enforcement officers separated the participants and I was assisting in removing students to locations until we could get everything calmed down again,” McNeely said.
As you can see in the clip below, deputies with the Colleton County sheriff’s office were very much in the middle of this altercation – with one deputy getting thrown across the hallway.
Take a look (and please be advised the recording is violent and contains explicit language) …
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According to a statement from the sheriff’s office, its deputies “intervened and broke up a student fight.”
“The fight started in front of law enforcement while meeting with the Colleton High School’s administration staff,” the statement continued. “Upon further investigation, Colleton investigators located a loaded handgun inside one of the student’s vehicles.”
According to McNeely, school officials had “other information about some of the participants” in the fight.
“We acted on that and the search of the parking lot was conducted,” McNeely added.
None of the students involved in the altercation have been identified by law enforcement and as of this writing it is unclear whether any charges have been filed. Assuming charges are filed, those would be handled by the now-notorious S.C. fourteenth judicial circuit and its embattled solicitor, Duffie Stone.
The sheriff’s office is continuing to investigate what transpired at the school and is asking anyone with information related to the incident to call 843-549-2211.
I pressed McNeely about the “recent community violence” which district officials say precipitated Monday’s incident.
“It is a situation that we need to address as a whole community in order to right the ship so to speak,” he told me. “The stronger we can build the bond between the school district and the community the better everything will be.”
Bottom line? It’s getting worse … all across the state.
(Via: Phillippe Randolph Folks)
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Florie Bell Davis StephensTime well-spent reflects a life well-lived. Someday, you and I will be mere legends. All that matters is whether we did what we could with the life that was given to us by the Master.On July 5, 1927, the world was blessed to receive a precious angel, the youngest of nine children, born to James “Jimmy” Rogers and Ella Julia Sanders Davis of Walterboro, South Carolina. Mrs. Florie Bell Davis Stephens surely made the most of her years. Known to many as “Floribel,” she was a loving...
Florie Bell Davis Stephens
Time well-spent reflects a life well-lived. Someday, you and I will be mere legends. All that matters is whether we did what we could with the life that was given to us by the Master.
On July 5, 1927, the world was blessed to receive a precious angel, the youngest of nine children, born to James “Jimmy” Rogers and Ella Julia Sanders Davis of Walterboro, South Carolina. Mrs. Florie Bell Davis Stephens surely made the most of her years. Known to many as “Floribel,” she was a loving person who always shared a beautiful smile and something humorous to draw a laugh from others. She was educated in the public schools at St. Peters and Colleton Training Schools in Walterboro. Shortly thereafter, she relocated to Asbury Park, New Jersey where she was employed as a nursing assistant for many years in a local hospital.
Floribel was married to the late Roy Stephens of Asbury Park, New Jersey. Eventually, she moved back to her hometown and remained here until she answered the Master’s call to “enter into the joy of the Lord” on the evening of Friday, November 4, 2022 at Pruitt Health Care. She was a member of St. Peters CME Church in Walterboro.
Floribel loved to serve the Lord, sing, and write. She was very fashionable, well-endowed with beauty and grace, and loved the finer things in life. However, she would candidly let you know what was on her mind, for it was never a dull moment around her! It is known among many that she truly loved, adored, and was exceptionally proud of her family. She fondly appreciated her nephew, Herman Garfield (Anna) Bright, who was her family representative.
Floribel’s parents and her siblings preceded her in death: James “Jimmy” Rogers and Ella Julia Sanders Davis; John Wesley “Wheeler” (Josephine) Davis, Eugene “Shine” (Essie Mae) Davis, Jimmy Rogers (Elizabeth) Davis, Wilson (Elizabeth) Davis, Nathaniel (Helen) Davis, and Jessierine (Herbert) Bright. Left to cherish fond memories of her, are numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives. She will truly be missed by her devoted family, friends, and members of the community. In conclusion, Aunt Floribel did it “Her” way!
Celebration of Life and Homegoing Services were held at Faith Church in Walterboro on Friday, November 11, 2022, with the interment at Brick Barn Cemetery on St. Peters Road in Walterboro.
The city of Walterboro hosted the unique cyclist social festival event called FestiVELO XXV Wednesday through Sunday, Nov. 9-13. FestiVELO is an annual event where cyclists can choose between 20-30 miles, 55-65 miles, or 95–105 mile routes throughout the Lowcountry. The riders covered up to 400 miles of casual riding over the course of the four days. The riders were able to pick and choose the days and distances. This year there were approximately 300 participants nationally and internationally.The participants were provided bre...
The city of Walterboro hosted the unique cyclist social festival event called FestiVELO XXV Wednesday through Sunday, Nov. 9-13. FestiVELO is an annual event where cyclists can choose between 20-30 miles, 55-65 miles, or 95–105 mile routes throughout the Lowcountry. The riders covered up to 400 miles of casual riding over the course of the four days. The riders were able to pick and choose the days and distances. This year there were approximately 300 participants nationally and internationally.
The participants were provided breakfast, lunch, and themed dinners daily during their stay. On “Wednesday Wined Down” wine and cheese were offered; Thursday had a “Chocolate Obsession Garden”, Friday and Saturday were an oyster roast, with live music on Friday, and a popular DJ on Saturday.
Riders stay within local accommodations or set up camp within walking distance of the event center. First Baptist Church provided space for outdoor camping and the county offered the use of the local Civic Center for indoor camping for two nights during the tropical storm Nicole. The FestiVELO event itself was housed at Colleton County Museum and Farmers Market downtown.
Historically, the bike event started out as a small group of friends who wanted to work off some extra calories from a holiday meal and the first ride took place Thanksgiving weekend in 1998 in the Charleston area. The following year, the ride was called “Pedal for the Pooches” to benefit the SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) and was a one-day event on John’s Island.
The group continued to grow and developed a mission to support various bicycle causes. It also underwent several name changes along with locations throughout the greater Charleston area. In 2004, the group began to use “FestiVELO” within its name. “FestiVELO” is a merge of “festival” and “VELO” which means bicycle in French. Since then, the event has hosted participants from 34 states and eight foreign countries.
The founder of FestiVELO, Charles Fox, is a passionate bike rider who seeks out events that provide opportunities to meet new friends and offer experiences that bring enjoyment to those who participate. The entire Fox family, who owns Fox Music Company, has been directly involved with the event each year, volunteering an untold number of hours. The event has expanded over 25 years to include over 100 leaders and countless volunteers. An event of this scale has attracted a wide variety of talented volunteers that have really given the event momentum as it continues to flourish each year. New volunteers are always welcome to join to help as well.
David Cole, who helps with organization, management, and app development for the event specified that currently, the cycling event appeals to mostly those between the ages of 30 through the late 70s. Cole mentioned that it is unusual because it is a four-day event that starts and finishes in Walterboro. Riders can come to one place, which gives them a better chance to get to know other riders and make new friends.
The areas that are covered by the riders include the northeast towards Round O on Thursday, west across Highway 21 on Friday, south down to Bennett’s Point on Saturday, and up to Saint George on Sunday to do loops throughout the countryside while visiting some of the historical places around there and back.
Walterboro is a destination prized for its flat scenic terrain and rich historical-artistic cultural center. The flat terrain is desirable for achieving faster times and greater distances for cycling goals. Riders of a wide range of abilities and skill levels participate in the cycling event.
Cole also stated that cycling has a unique appeal, especially road cycling. This event is attractive to people that are all sizes and abilities. In 1998, he was diagnosed with a kidney disease that later led to a transplant in 2001. After standard recovery, he was able to return to cycling with ease and has continued to be an avid rider since. He also considers himself a late bloomer as an athlete. He was 40 pounds heavier in high school and college. He lost some weight while running and playing volleyball. Later he blew his knee out while playing volleyball, took up cycling instead, and has never looked back.
Cole emphasized that “If someone is considering what they can do to enhance their life, something that would give them exercise and get them outdoors and meet new friends. Then cycling is a good outlet for that. The FestiVELO is a really good event for that.” He also stated that it is also encouraged to use electronic bikes for those that feel more comfortable. Anyone can participate as a cyclist, and one does not have to be super fit or athletic to enjoy the sport.
The FestiVELO is a welcomed event that has come to Walterboro annually since 2016. Often the participants will visit restaurants, shops, and other local points of interest. Cole stated how “Walterboro has really embraced us, and we have embraced Walterboro.” Cole also said, “It’s like home for us and we like being right here in the ‘Front Porch of the Lowcountry’. It’s great cycling here and it just works quite simply.”
The next FestiVELO event is scheduled for the same week next year. For more information about this event contact Charles Fox at 843-303-3334 or Randall Bennett at 919-608-8626 or visit email@example.com.
(BPT) - As we honor veterans this month, it can be easy to forget about the challenges some continue to face at home: challenges that include undergoing critical medical procedures in a timely manner.Long wait timesVeterans have to wait too long for surgical care in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities. According to a survey by Veterans Need Care Now, a grassroots coalition committed to reducing surgical wait times, ...
(BPT) - As we honor veterans this month, it can be easy to forget about the challenges some continue to face at home: challenges that include undergoing critical medical procedures in a timely manner.
Long wait times
Veterans have to wait too long for surgical care in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities. According to a survey by Veterans Need Care Now, a grassroots coalition committed to reducing surgical wait times, 23% of veteran households report delays in securing VA health appointments and surgical procedures.
Access to high-quality, timely care
Veterans deserve access to high-quality care without long wait times. Reports have shown a lack of access to anesthesia services in the VA, which may be a contributing factor to lengthy wait times along with other factors such as staff shortages, limited space and access to specialists. A national review of staffing shortages at the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) for fiscal year 2021 found anesthesiology shortages at numerous VHA facilities, including in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Florida, Tennessee, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Louisiana, Arkansas, Colorado, Oklahoma, Washington State, California, and Minnesota.
Two types of medical professionals are able to deliver anesthesia to patients: physician anesthesiologists and Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs).
The ability of CRNAs to provide high-quality care, even under the most difficult circumstances, has been recognized by every branch of the U.S. military. CRNAs have full practice authority in the Army, Navy, and Air Force and are the predominant provider of anesthesia on forward surgical teams and in combat support hospitals, where 90% of forward surgical teams are staffed by CRNAs. “The high quality of care that CRNAs can be trusted to provide is reflected in our military, where CRNAs are allowed to practice independent of physician referral and supervision,” said AANA President Angela R. Mund, DNP, CRNA.
While CRNAs care for wounded soldiers on battlefields, and they safely and cost effectively provide quality anesthesia care to veterans here at home, many VA hospitals only allow CRNAs to provide anesthesia under the supervision of a physician anesthesiologist. Requiring an additional person for the procedure can create a backlog of access to critical procedures as well as added expenses. This federal mandate creates an unnecessary barrier to expanding care and exacerbates any provider shortages.
Finding a solution and shortening wait times
Results of a study by RTI International indicated that allowing nurse anesthetists to provide anesthesia services without supervision from a physician does not put patients at increased risk. In fact, no significant difference was found in patient outcomes when comparing the three scenarios studied: CRNAs working alone in the operating room without anesthesiologist supervision, anesthesiologists working alone, and the CRNA and anesthesiologist working together on a case.
During the COVID-19 pandemic the federal government suspended the supervision requirement for CRNAs so more patients could have access to the care they needed. And now, 22 states have opted out of the federal Medicare requirement that calls for physician supervision of CRNAs.
A study by the Lewin Group shows that a CRNA practicing without supervision is the most cost-effective method of anesthesia delivery and that increasing the number of CRNAs and permitting them to practice in the most efficient delivery models will be key to containing costs while maintaining quality care. Based on this evidence, CRNA full practice authority within the VA can increase veteran access to care, lower wait times, and decrease costs.
To learn more about the role and duties of CRNAs, visit VeteransNeedCareNow.org.
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Indulgent Shower Experience
To maximize the shower experience, incorporate technology that brings water to life and transforms a shower from a mundane task to a serene and reviving part of the day. Carefully look at every feature when selecting a shower head — from the spray to the coverage. Each element should come together to create a shower worth looking forward to each day.
The new 14” Raincan Shower Head from the Brizo® Essential™ Shower Series features an H20kinetic® Drenching Spray that utilizes water-sculpting chips to create thousands of large droplets that pour down in alternating patterns. The shower head provides rich volume and full coverage that replicates water found in a tropical rainforest, thus creating a uniquely recharging shower experience.
To elevate the bath space and achieve a look and sense of heightened relaxation, mix textures, unexpected tile patterns and earthy colors. Select fixtures with simple, clean details that bring the space together and create a cohesive, lavish design, to provoke a feeling of serenity. Look to shapes that complement the space and bring a sense of beauty to function. The 14” Raincan Shower Head is available in a Linear Round style, bringing new refinement to timeless simplicity. It is also available in a Linear Square style that elevates the shower through striking clean lines and geometric angles. Either shape creates a breathtaking statement that can live beautifully in any bathroom.
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