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
$46 million investment will create 106 new jobs COLUMBIA, S.C. – ...
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Gehl Foods, LLC (Gehl Food & Beverage Companies), a leading food and beverage manufacturing company, today announced it has established operations in Colleton County. The company’s $46 million investment is creating 106 new jobs.
Founded in 1896, Gehl Food & Beverage Companies is a market-leading producer of dairy-based and dairy alternative shelf-stable beverages, cheese sauces, soups, broths, teas, wine and spirits and much more.
Located at 181 Crescent Way in Walterboro, the company has opened Gehl Food & Beverage Southeast, its first East Coast operation. The company also has facilities in the Midwest (Gehl Food & Beverage) and the West Coast (California Natural Products).
Operations at the Colleton County facility are online. Individuals interested in joining the Gehl Food & Beverage Southeast team should email resumes to the company.
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits related to this project.
“Gehl Food & Beverage Southeast is an ideal fit for further building on our growth in shelf-stable beverages while maximizing our supply chain. We look forward to the many opportunities that will come with the addition of our newest location in Walterboro.” -Gehl Foods, LLC CEO Craig Lemieux
“Agribusiness is a leading industry in South Carolina, and it’s exciting to see Gehl Foods, LLC add their newest operation – Gehl Food & Beverage Southeast – in Colleton County. This $46 million investment and 106 new jobs will make a significant impact in one of our state’s rural communities, and we look forward to the company’s success in the Palmetto State.” -Gov. Henry McMaster
“South Carolina has a proud tradition in agribusiness, and we welcome Gehl Food & Beverage Southeast to the growing roster of businesses within that sector. We look forward to the great work they will accomplish here for many years to come.” -Secretary of Commerce Harry M. Lightsey III
“On behalf of our state’s booming agribusiness industry, I’m pleased to welcome Gehl Food & Beverage Southeast to South Carolina. This storied agribusiness company will enhance our reputation as a great place for food manufacturing, along with creating new jobs.” -South Carolina Agriculture Commissioner Hugh Weathers
“Every good job provides a brighter future for a family, and we appreciate Gehl Food & Beverage Southeast’s investment in our county. We are pleased that Gehl Food & Beverage Southeast chose Colleton County, which provides an outstanding distribution location on I-95 with easy access to major seaports and our outstanding workforce.” -Colleton County Council Chairman Steve Murdaugh
“Gehl Food & Beverage Southeast will be a great addition to our diverse manufacturing and processing community, and we welcome them to the SouthernCarolina region of South Carolina. We look forward to working with the company and supporting their operations. Congratulations to Colleton County!” -SouthernCarolina Alliance Chairman Marty Sauls
There are many ways for your children to stay engaged in sports and outdoor recreation this summer. The Colleton County Recreation Department is hosting several different camps. These camps are for boys and girls, and come with many “extras,” including a camp T-Shirt. å Please see the list below for this year’s 2022 Summer Camp schedule at the recreation department. For more information on all camps and classes offered, visit www.colletoncounty.org/parks-and-recreation/camps. This Web site is also where Colleton Cou...
There are many ways for your children to stay engaged in sports and outdoor recreation this summer. The Colleton County Recreation Department is hosting several different camps. These camps are for boys and girls, and come with many “extras,” including a camp T-Shirt. å Please see the list below for this year’s 2022 Summer Camp schedule at the recreation department. For more information on all camps and classes offered, visit www.colletoncounty.org/parks-and-recreation/camps. This Web site is also where Colleton County residents can register for their child/children to attend the classes and camps.
Summer Camps and Classes YOUTH GOLF CAMP. The 2022 Youth Golf Camp will be held at Dogwood Hills Golf Course on Monday, July 11th, 18th, and 25th. - 9am-10am It is Open to Boys and Girls Ages 6-12. No Previous Golf Experience is required. Cost is $30/per golfer and includes a Camp T-Shirt. YOUTH SOCCER CAMP. The 2022 Youth Soccer Camp is open to boys and girls Ages 6-12. The Camp will be from 9am-110m on August 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. The location of this camp will be on White Hall Field at the Recreation Department. No prior experience is needed to participate. Fee is $30/per player and includes a T-shirt. Proper soccer attire required. YOUTH SOFTBALL CAMP. The 2022 Youth Softball Camp is being offered to Girls Ages 6-12. This Camp will be held on June 27th and 28th. Times are 9am-10:30am. The Camp will be located at the Ace Basin Sports Complex on Combahee Field. The cost is $30/per player and includes a T-Shirt. Players will need a glove and proper Softball Attire. YOUTH GIRLS BASKETBALL CAMP. The 2022 Girls Basketball Camp will be held for girls Ages 6-12 on July 11th, 12th, and 13th at Colleton County High School. Times of the Camp are 9am-10:30am. Cost is $30/per player and includes a T-Shirt. Proper Basketball attire is needed. YOUTH BOYS BASKETBALL CAMP. The 2022 Boys Basketball Camp will be held for boys Ages 6-12 on July 11th, 12th, and 13th, at Colleton County High School. Times of the Camp are 9am-10:30am. Cost is $30/per player and includes a T-Shirt. Proper Basketball attire is needed.
YOUTH VOLLEYBALL CAMP. The 2022 Youth Volleyball Camp will be held on July 25th, 26th, and 27th at the Colleton County High School Gymnasium from 9am-10:30am. Ages 6-12. Cost is $30/per player and includes a T-Shirt. YOUTH BASEBALL CAMP. The 2022 Youth Baseball Camp is open to boys Ages 6-12 and will be held on July 18th, 19th, and 20th from 9am-10:30am at the Ace Basin Sports Complex - Poco Sabo Field. Cost is $30/per player. Players will need a glove and proper baseball attire.
Summer Camp A special summer camp will also happen at the recreation department this year. The camp will run for five weeks, from June 27 - July 29th. The camp is for ages 4 – 12. Onsite Registration will be on Friday, June17th and Friday, June 24th from 5pm - 6pm at the recreation center. Orientation for campers will be held on Saturday, June 25th from 10am - 11am at the recreation center. There is a registration fee of $60 for the first child and an additional $30 for each additional child who attends camp. There is a weekly fee of $85 per child. For More Information you may contact: Darlene Cummings - firstname.lastname@example.org - (843) 599-9779 Anita Green - email@example.com - (843) 599-4336 Brandon Williams - (843) 635-8675
After a cool spring in South Carolina, the majority of white shrimp in coastal waters have reproduced – and officials at the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) have given the go ahead for shrimp season to open in full. Commercial shrimp trawling will open in all legal South Carolina waters at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, June 1, 2022. The trawling season in Georgia waters will open at the same time. Shrimping season in South Carolina typically starts in spring with the opening of a small subset of waters, called provisional areas, th...
After a cool spring in South Carolina, the majority of white shrimp in coastal waters have reproduced – and officials at the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) have given the go ahead for shrimp season to open in full. Commercial shrimp trawling will open in all legal South Carolina waters at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, June 1, 2022. The trawling season in Georgia waters will open at the same time. Shrimping season in South Carolina typically starts in spring with the opening of a small subset of waters, called provisional areas, that allow shrimpers to take advantage of the harvest offshore while still protecting the majority of shrimp that have yet to spawn. South Carolina’s provisional areas opened on April 18 this year. The remainder of the harvest area is much larger and will open in full on June 1. “This is five days later than 2021, but spawning has been just a little slower to progress compared with the past couple of years,” said Mel Bell, director of SCDNR’s Office of Fisheries Management. “The most important factor in setting the opening date is ensuring that we have an adequate white shrimp spawn to set us up for a good fall crop and fishery this year.” SCDNR officials set the opening date for shrimp season each year based on the conditions of the shrimp themselves. Aboard both commercial and agency vessels, biologists sample and study white shrimp frequently in late spring. One of the things they’re looking for is evidence that a majority of female white shrimp have already spawned at least once before the season starts. Opening the season too soon – and allowing trawlers to catch females that have not had an opportunity to spawn – could reduce the size of the fall white shrimp crop, which are the offspring of the spring white shrimp. “We always want to get the fleet to work as soon as possible, but not too soon from a biological standpoint,” Bell said. South Carolina’s commercial shrimp calendar has historically had three peak periods. In the spring, shrimpers typically capitalize on the influx of roe white shrimp, large, early-season shrimp that generally fetch higher prices and generate the most value for fishing effort. The summer months are typically defined by a peak in brown shrimp, which are similar to white shrimp in size and taste. In the fall and into winter, shrimpers bring in a second crop of white shrimp; the offspring of the spring roe shrimp. Because white shrimp are a short-lived species that are vulnerable to cold water temperatures and unusually wet or dry summers, their numbers can fluctuate dramatically from year to year. However, they’re also prolific spawners – which means that the populations can quickly rebound even after a poor year or season.
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The Lowcountry Regional Airport Commission was recently notified that airport improvements do not qualify for Capital Project Sales Tax (CPST) funds.Recently, LRA Commission Chairman Bill Young received a letter from Jimmy Syfrett, chairman of the Colleton CPST Commission, notifying them that the three projects submitted for consideration were not approved.The three airport projects needing funding were for the Runway 17/35 rehabilitation and updated markings project, the runway 17/35 lighting system design and construction pro...
The Lowcountry Regional Airport Commission was recently notified that airport improvements do not qualify for Capital Project Sales Tax (CPST) funds.
Recently, LRA Commission Chairman Bill Young received a letter from Jimmy Syfrett, chairman of the Colleton CPST Commission, notifying them that the three projects submitted for consideration were not approved.
The three airport projects needing funding were for the Runway 17/35 rehabilitation and updated markings project, the runway 17/35 lighting system design and construction project, and the large box hangar installation design and construction project.
Syfrett stated SC Code 4-10-330(A)(1) of the Capital Project Sales Tax Act as the reason why the projects did not qualify.
This was a surprising development since the airport clearly qualifies as a historical area with roots going back to World War II and the Tuskegee Airmen. Commission member Philip Taylor has been working diligently to have portions of the airport admitted to the National Registry of Historic Places and the African American Registry of Historic Places.
SC Code 4-10-330(A)(1) of the CPST Act states:
“(1) the purpose for which the proceeds of the tax are to be used, which may include projects located within or without, or both within and without, the boundaries of the local governmental entities, including the county, municipalities, and special purpose districts located in the county area, and may include the following types of projects:
(a) highways, roads, streets, bridges, and public parking garages and related facilities;
(c) cultural, recreational, or historic facilities, or any combination of these facilities…”
Being denied CPST funding was disappointing news for the LRA Commission who will now be forced to seek other avenues of funding for these projects, in addition to other issues at the airport that need attention.
Some hangars have not been replaced since the April 13, 2020 tornados. Pilots have been waiting for hangar space and still have no way to protect their planes. Storm debris has been piled up in some areas, and local pilots have complained about the possibility of high winds moving that debris onto the runway.
The historical World War II tetrahedran, or wind indicator, has also not been repaired.
Another problem is the cost of fuel which has slowed air traffic.
According to Roger Medlin, LRA operations manager, May fuel sales have been at just over 20,000 gallons. Air traffic and June sales have started to slow down as plantations close and the community moves into the summer months.
“We still are in need of covering for trucks and airport equipment, the Gator, and the golf cart, especially with summer storms coming. The canopy also needs to be replaced and enlarged,” stated Medlin.
Airport Manager Tommy Rowe also reported that a gas self-service pump is scheduled to be repaired next week. Repairs cost money.
“Since we are not receiving CPST funds, we will have to depend on state grants which will pay for 90 percent of rehabilitating the runway, which is only one of the projects we were hoping to funding for. State grants do not include lighting system design and construction,” said Rowe. “We were hoping to receive funds to complete all of the projects at one time, but that won’t happen. And unfortunately, the FAA will not help with anything. At least the state will help with maintenance and painting.”
After a long two-year wait for many pilots, the six-unit T-hangar will soon be replaced with Insurance Reserve Funds from the 2020 tornados, but that is not enough hangar space for all of the pilots making requests.
“We are hoping that some companies or pilots will come in and build hangars themselves or open airport businesses,” said Rowe. Several private investors have shown interest in LRA as a potential business venture with the idea of constructing hangars, but nothing has been confirmed as yet.
An idea posed to Rowe was the possibility of turning the old Candy Bomber cockpit and cabin into an airport restaurant.
The Douglas C-54 “Spirit of Freedom,” or “Candy Bomber,” was the aircraft used during the World War II Berlin Airlift to drop candy and supplies to allies. It was badly damaged in the 2020 storms, so a replacement was found. The old plane’s cabin/fuselage still rests at LRA, and officials were hoping that someone would renovate it to serve food to airport employees and guests.
“It would make a great stationary food truck or café,” said Rowe.
Meanwhile, the airport continues to bring in tourist dollars into the Walterboro-Colleton economy, though not as much as in the past several years.
As inflation has risen and prices have soared, the airport has been affected just like everyone else. And while waiting for Commission approval, bids, requests and documentation, more needed repairs will crop up and potential storms will threaten unprotected equipment while the cost of construction supplies keeps rising.
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The Colleton County community is invited to participate in a week-long celebration that honors Juneteenth, the national holiday that commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans. The holiday also observes African American culture. “Juneteenth” is short for June 19th, a day in American history when federal troops in Galveston, Texas in 1865 took control of the state to ensure that enslaved people were freed. Locally, this holiday is being celebrated through a week-long event, planned by a group of people who have fo...
The Colleton County community is invited to participate in a week-long celebration that honors Juneteenth, the national holiday that commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans. The holiday also observes African American culture. “Juneteenth” is short for June 19th, a day in American history when federal troops in Galveston, Texas in 1865 took control of the state to ensure that enslaved people were freed. Locally, this holiday is being celebrated through a week-long event, planned by a group of people who have formed the Colleton County Juneteenth Festival and Parade. This is the first time that a Juneteenth festival has happened in Colleton County. The Juneteenth Festival in Walterboro starts on June 10 with a ribbon cutting beginning the week-long event. The ribbon cutting will begin at 5:30 p.m., at 236 Wichman Street in Walterboro. There will be food, vendors and music. The public is welcome to attend. On June 11, there will be a Juneteenth 5k/10k Walk or Run at 7:30 a.m. in the Walterboro Wildlife Sanctuary parking lot, located at the corner of Washington Street and Klein Street. Breakfast is being provided for the runners by Hardee’s. Then, on June 12, a Juneteenth Gospel Celebration will be held at Saint Center Ministries, 106 Colson Street in Walterboro. On June 13, the festivities continue with “Mouth-Watering Monday” at 236 Wichman Street in Walterboro. This is a day for food vendors and music. The public is welcome to attend. “Sweet Tooth Tuesday” is on June 14. Lowcountry Sweetness will be providing locally-made treats amid other vendors and music all day at 236 Wichman Street in Walterboro. “Wind Down Wednesday” on June 15 will offer residents a chance to bring a lawn chair and relax to tunes by Southern Soul Music. This is also happening at 236 Wichman Street in Walterboro. On Thursday, the public can participate in line-dancing, shagging and other dance music all day at 236 Wichman Street in Walterboro. The festival continues on June 17 with “Black Friday” at 236 Wichman Street featuring vendors and music for a day of shopping. The festival ends on June 18, which is the actual Juneteenth holiday. A parade begins at 10 a.m., starting at 494 Hampton Street. Then, there will be a festival following the parade with a variety of vendors and music at 150 Cougar Drive in Walterboro. For more information, contact Latosia Harrison-Simmons at firstname.lastname@example.org. Harrison-Simmons is the president of the local Colleton County Juneteenth Festival and Parade Committee.