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
For The Press and StandardZoe Buckner, Jada Christian, Abe Greene, Shawn Jacques and Niquee Agina were selected for the 2023 the South Carolina Band Directors Association Region Honor Band. This is the highest individual honor a band member can earn. Students auditioned in January against hundreds of other Lowcountry schools for positions in the honor bands. These students will attend the SCBDA Region Honor Band Clinic February 17-18 and will perform a free concert at Summers Corner Performing Arts Center in Summerville.On Febr...
For The Press and Standard
Zoe Buckner, Jada Christian, Abe Greene, Shawn Jacques and Niquee Agina were selected for the 2023 the South Carolina Band Directors Association Region Honor Band. This is the highest individual honor a band member can earn. Students auditioned in January against hundreds of other Lowcountry schools for positions in the honor bands. These students will attend the SCBDA Region Honor Band Clinic February 17-18 and will perform a free concert at Summers Corner Performing Arts Center in Summerville.
On February 8th, junior Band of Blue trumpeter Abe Greene attended the Burke High School College Band Scholarship Fair. Band members from all over the lowcountry met and auditioned for band scholarships with several HBCU Band programs from Florida, South Carolina and North Carolina.
Band of Blue members Ally Stephens and Derek Oliver attended the University of South Carolina Band Clinic in Columbia February 10-12th The USC Band Clinic, in its 45th year, hosts over 400 of the finest high school wind and percussion students from South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Virginia and Florida. The goal of the clinic is to expose students to outstanding clinicians, concerts, and master classes. Students also attended several concerts on campus at the Koger Center for the Arts.
The Band of Blue Winter Guard and Winter Percussion performed at the CWEA Premier at White Knoll High School this past Saturday, February 11th. The Varsity Winter Guard presented their show «Here and There» with music by Enya and from the movie «The Piano» The Varsity Winter Guard placed 2nd in their round and 7th overall out of 13 groups in the AAA Division. The Band of Blue Winter Percussion premiered their show «Wonderland» based off the story of Alice in Wonderland. The CCHS Winter Percussion placed 2nd out of 6 six groups in the Percussion Novice Division.
Up next for the Band of Blue, the BIG BLUE Jazz Band will perform at the 2023 Jazz Performance Assessment at Newberry College on Saturday, March 4th at 6pm.
The Winter Guard and Winter Percussion will travel and compete at River Bluff High School, March 11th and to Byrnes High School on March 18th. The Band of Blue Concert/Symphonic Band will perform at the SCBDA Concert Performance Assessment, Thursday, March 16th at James Island High School at 11am. The band will perform in Class IV. The CCMS Middle School Band will perform at the SCBDA Concert Performance Assessment, Tuesday, March 21st at Rollins School of the Arts in Summerville at 9am..
The Band of Blue, Big Blue Jazz Band, CCMS Middle School Band and the CCHS Winter Percussion and Varsity Winter Guard will present our annual Spring Concert, Sunday, March 26th at 4pm. Admission to the concert is $2.
The Varsity Winter Guard will finish their season at the CWEA Championships in Rock Hill on April 1st and the Band of Blue Winter Percussionwill conclude their season on April 15th.
WALTERBORO, S.C. (WCSC) - The City of Walterboro has been accepted into a state program to revitalize their historic downtown area in hopes of bringing economic success to the community.Walterboro joins over 30 other communities like Beaufort, Kingstree, and Orangeburg in the Main Street South Carolina network, which aims to address issues that challenge historic commercial districts.“People who have grown up in this town have seen it gone from a very vibrant, bustling downtown that had pharmacies, restaurants, banks,&rdq...
WALTERBORO, S.C. (WCSC) - The City of Walterboro has been accepted into a state program to revitalize their historic downtown area in hopes of bringing economic success to the community.
Walterboro joins over 30 other communities like Beaufort, Kingstree, and Orangeburg in the Main Street South Carolina network, which aims to address issues that challenge historic commercial districts.
“People who have grown up in this town have seen it gone from a very vibrant, bustling downtown that had pharmacies, restaurants, banks,” Scott Grooms, director of tourism and downtown development for the City of Walterboro said. “I’d love to see downtown just totally populated again with that to where people come downtown to shop and do day to day business.”
Business owners downtown say they love the area’s southern charm and small town feel but agree that some updates would bring in more business.
“I think we have incredible potential I just think we need some help in realizing what all we have,” Jessica Burdick, owner of Twig Boutique, said.
In the coming weeks, Main Street SC will come to Walterboro and bring in a research crew to find out what the city is doing right, and what they could do better, holding meetings with stakeholders, residents, and public officials to find out their vision for downtown. Then, they will assist Walterboro in coming up with strategies to achieve that vision.
“I think it’s gonna bring new business, a lot of potential for a lot of our local people for things different to do, and hopefully some beautification and some buildings that are currently empty, to fill those as well,” Heather Larson, co-owner of Colleton Day Spa, said.
Before the team arrives, the city has posted a survey asking people who live, work, and spend time in Walterboro to share what they think the most pressing issues facing downtown are, what types of businesses they would like to see, and more.
You can find that survey here. You’re encouraged to submit honest feedback about what you would like to see downtown until Jan. 25.
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COLUMBIA, S.C. – Boise Cascade Company (Boise Cascade), a leading manufacturer and distributor for building materials, today announced plans to expand its South Carolina operations with a new facility in Colleton County. The company’s $9 million investment will create 30 new jobs.A Fortune 500 company with over 55 locations and 6,800 employees nationwide, the Colleton County facility marks Boise Cascade’s first distribution location and...
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Boise Cascade Company (Boise Cascade), a leading manufacturer and distributor for building materials, today announced plans to expand its South Carolina operations with a new facility in Colleton County. The company’s $9 million investment will create 30 new jobs.
A Fortune 500 company with over 55 locations and 6,800 employees nationwide, the Colleton County facility marks Boise Cascade’s first distribution location and second facility in South Carolina. Its existing South Carolina facility is in Chester.
Headquartered in Boise, Idaho, Boise Cascade serves residential and industrial construction retail yards, manufacturing wood products and distributing wholesale building materials across North America. This new facility will expand the company’s footprint in South Carolina and on the East Coast.
Located at 157 Risher Mountain Tower Road in Walterboro, Boise Cascade’s new Colleton County facility will increase the company’s distribution capacity with direct access to the Palmetto Railways Salkehatchie Subdivision rail line, connecting Boise Cascade to the national freight rail network.
Individuals interested in joining the Boise Cascade team should visit the company’s careers website.
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved job development credits related to this project. A $200,000 Rural Infrastructure Fund (RIF) grant was also awarded to Colleton County to assist with the costs of site preparation and infrastructure improvements.
“We are excited to be planning a branch location in Colleton County. This investment demonstrates our commitment to a terrific customer base in a growing market.” -Boise Cascade Company Building Materials Division Executive Vice President Jeff Strom
“It’s a great day when a company chooses to expand within South Carolina, and we are particularly proud that Boise Cascade Company has chosen yet another community within which to grow. We appreciate Boise Cascade’s commitment to South Carolina and look forward to building our relationship for many years to come.”-Gov. Henry McMaster
“Congratulations to Boise Cascade Company, as it expands in another South Carolina location. Our state’s rural communities are producing and distributing products from some of the world’s most trusted companies, and we’re excited that the Walterboro community can add Boise Cascade to that roster. We look forward to supporting the company’s continued growth within South Carolina.” -Secretary of Commerce Harry M. Lightsey III
“I am happy to announce that Boise Cascade is opening a facility here in Colleton County that is expected to create 30 new jobs in the lumber distribution industry. We are particularly excited that this will be the first of hopefully many projects to utilize the revamped rail system in Colleton County. We welcome the investment by this Fortune 500 company in our community, and we look forward to working with them.”-Colleton County Council Chairman Steve Murdaugh
“SouthernCarolina Alliance welcomes Boise Cascade to our region of South Carolina. We appreciate both the direct and indirect jobs that this operation will bring to our robust wood products sector, and we congratulate Colleton County on this exciting announcement, which will benefit from Colleton’s workforce and strategic location.” -SouthernCarolina Regional Development Alliance Chairman Marty Sauls
“Palmetto Railways appreciates the opportunity to collaborate with Boise Cascade, Colleton County and SouthernCarolina Alliance to fulfill the rail infrastructure and logistics needs of another South Carolina business. We look forward to seeing the continued success and service of the Salkehatchie Subdivision line, a testament to the power of rail connections within South Carolina communities.”-Palmetto Railways President and Chief Executive Officer Patrick McCrory
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Listen to this article now2 min listen00:0001:47Powered byTrinity Audio A few weeks ago, I took up for the city of Walterboro, South Carolina after its leaders got some grief over their preparations for ‘Murdaughpalooza’ – a.k.a. the double homicide trial of accused killer ...
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A few weeks ago, I took up for the city of Walterboro, South Carolina after its leaders got some grief over their preparations for ‘Murdaughpalooza’ – a.k.a. the double homicide trial of accused killer Alex Murdaugh.
In case you missed that report, a vocal minority covering this trial are apparently upset with Walterboro’s leaders for wanting to provide the throng of people descending upon their city over the next few weeks with additional dining options (including food trucks).
The horror, right?
Imagine people needing to eat …
In rebuking these critics, I noted how our trial producer Ashleigh Messervy (whom you can read more about in this post) had been busy working up several segments for a report on how Walterboro – a.k.a. the “Front Porch of the Lowcountry” – was preparing for the ‘Murdaughpalooza’ influx.
Messervy sat down with Colleton County clerk of court Becky Hill and city tourism and downtown development director Scott Grooms – the “Murdaughpalooza’ organizers – to hear more about their plans for hosting an O.J. Simpson-sized trial in a town of less than 6,000 people.
For months, Hill and Grooms have been working around-the-clock on multiple fronts to make sure both the city and the courthouse were ready for the deluge – and to ensure everyone flocking to Walterboro to catch a glimpse of these historic proceedings knew what to expect.
It has been a Herculean task – a definitional logistical nightmare – but Hill, Grooms and countless other city, court and law enforcement partners working with them have proven themselves more than equal to the task.
Here is Messervy’s report on their preparations for South Carolina’s “trial of the century …”
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According to the Standard Encyclopedia of Philosophy, friendship is a distinctively personal relationship that is grounded in a concern on the part of each friend for the welfare of the other and for the other’s sake. There is a strong degree of closeness between the two individuals. Within a friendship, there are good times and not-so-good times. However, if the friendship is real, there is nothing and no one who can break it. Proverbs 17:17 (ESV) affirms, “A friend loves at all times... In other words, a real friend doesn&rsquo...
According to the Standard Encyclopedia of Philosophy, friendship is a distinctively personal relationship that is grounded in a concern on the part of each friend for the welfare of the other and for the other’s sake. There is a strong degree of closeness between the two individuals. Within a friendship, there are good times and not-so-good times. However, if the friendship is real, there is nothing and no one who can break it. Proverbs 17:17 (ESV) affirms, “A friend loves at all times... In other words, a real friend doesn’t shift back and forth on you because of varying situations that may evolve. A friend is not one who only comes around in “fair weather.” Therefore, real friendship is priceless, no matter “the weather.”
Friends sometimes fall out with one another or separate because of differing opinions in religion, politics, lifestyles, acceptance of new friends, and the list grows. Real friendship is not to be taken lightly or for granted. If you are a friend today, then you are a friend tomorrow, in spite of any differences. “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13 ESV). If someone whom you thought was a friend just “disappears into thin air,” treats you as if you don’t exist, or acts as if he/she doesn’t know you around certain people, then you must realize that person was never your friend. There is a difference between someone’s knowing you for convenience sake, rather than as a real friend. Someone whose friendship is not real will manifest itself sooner or later. Even though it may hurt you once revealed, be thankful that you found out because it could be more devastating later on down the road. Further, if you want others to be a real friend to you, be sure that you show yourself as a real friend.
Before bringing this message to a close, let me share this thought-provoking illustration, “The Friend Inside.” “Throughout his administration, Abraham Lincoln was a president under fire, especially during the scarring years of the Civil War. Though he knew he would make errors in office, he resolved never to compromise his integrity. So strong was this resolve that he once said, ‘I desire so to conduct the affairs of this administration that if at the end, when I come to lay down the reins of power, I have lost every other friend on earth, I shall at least have one friend left, and that friend shall be down inside of me’” (Ministry 127).
Always abound in the faith, and never leave home without Him!
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