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 York, 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 York, 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 York 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 York'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 York.
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 York, 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 York, 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 York, 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 York, 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
YORK COUNTY, S.C. — This week, thousands of students across our area are heading back to school.Students in York School District 1 wrapped up their first day on Monday. This year, they face some big changes, including a new calendar and a new program that will change the way some students learn.“We’re doing a lot with the student-centered learning, so it’s all about the student,” Jefferson Elementary School Principal Mattie Hughes told reporter Tina Terry....
YORK COUNTY, S.C. — This week, thousands of students across our area are heading back to school.
Students in York School District 1 wrapped up their first day on Monday. This year, they face some big changes, including a new calendar and a new program that will change the way some students learn.
“We’re doing a lot with the student-centered learning, so it’s all about the student,” Jefferson Elementary School Principal Mattie Hughes told reporter Tina Terry.
The state board of education has granted York School District 1 the flexibility to implement “competency-based” learning.
Hughes said teachers will work to individualize learning.
“Some of them need that small group setting, some of them you can give them a little direction and they are able to kind of take off,” Hughes explained. “So you need to figure out that student’s needs and how to push them.”
District officials said students will be able to change their course work based on their readiness. High school students who test out of basic courses could have more time for apprenticeships and college courses.
“I think it’s going to work, I do. I think it will be a positive experience for them,” Hughes said.
In addition to the new program, the district has a new calendar this school year. The modified calendar will give students and teachers more frequent breaks. It also features a shorter summer break to help cut back on learning loss.
In York, students will have a full week off from school in October and in February in addition to the traditional winter and spring breaks.
York School District 1 Superintendent Kelly Coxe told Channel 9′s Tina Terry this new calendar will give students who are behind a chance to catch up during the school year.
“It’s an opportunity for our teachers to have a break. In this time of competitiveness between districts, the teacher shortage,” Coxe said. “We wanted to make sure we honored the voice of our teachers.”
She says it will also help improve teacher recruitment and retention.
Chester and Chesterfield counties have also implemented modified schedules this school year.
Chester County public schools started back on Monday. Lancaster County, Fort Mill and Rock Hill schools start on Aug. 21.
Almost a dozen communities across the Rock Hill region will choose mayors next week, along with dozens of city or town council candidates.Election day is Nov. 7. Polls are open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. across the region. Details are available at county voter registration offices or at scvotes.org. All races next week are nonpartisan. Only county council seats in the reg...
Almost a dozen communities across the Rock Hill region will choose mayors next week, along with dozens of city or town council candidates.
Election day is Nov. 7. Polls are open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. across the region. Details are available at county voter registration offices or at scvotes.org. All races next week are nonpartisan. Only county council seats in the region file candidates by party affiliation.
Fort Mill has its mayoral job and one of three open town council seats contested in the coming election. Ryan Helms and Guynn Savage vie for mayor. Lisa Cook, Lindsay Curby and Matt Vilardebo contend for one town council at-large seat. Fort Mill also has two unopposed council candidates, incumbents Ronnie Helms in Ward 2 and Chris Moody in Ward 4.
Clover only has contested races. Greg Holmes and Bo Legg filed for mayor. Mike Easler, Brittany Farr, Jason Manos and Amy Nivens contend for three town council seats. The Greater Clover Chamber of Commerce hosted a candidate forum Oct. 26 that is available to view on that group’s Facebook page under the live tab.
Five candidates face off for two city council seats in Tega Cay. Brian Carter, Adam Grabiec, Ron Kirby, Carmen Miller and Daniel Robert all participated in an Oct. 25 candidate forum hosted by the regional chamber of commerce. It’s online at the city’s webpage tegacaysc.org or on Youtube.
Rounding out election season are a host of decisions in smaller communities, uncontested races or non-election day votes. They include:
? In Rock Hill, Brent Faulkenberry defeated Hope Matthews for the city council Ward 2 seat by 19 votes on Oct. 17. Incumbents Derrick Lindsay in Ward 1 and Kevin Sutton in Ward 3 won uncontested races.
? York only has uncontested races. They are Mike Fuesser for mayor, Eddie Brown for city council Ward 2, Marion Ramsey for city council Ward 3 and Stephanie Jarrett for city council Ward 4.
? Bryan Jenkins and Bill Nance face off for mayor in McConnells. Uncontested town council candidates are Liz Christenberry, Bill Covington, Jim Hoban and James Sciba.
? Hickory Grove candidates, all in uncontested races, are Larry Earl for mayor and Ollie Bankhead, Kevin Faulkner, Harry James Good and Kyle Wyatt for four town council seats.
? Sharon has Nicole Perkins unopposed for mayor, and three candidates on the ballot with four town council seats open. Candidates are Herschel Brown, Jr., Ashley Glenn and Margarette Parrish.
? Smyrna has all uncontested races. Frances Faulkner for mayor, plus only three candidates for four open town council seats in Kimberly Linow, Amy Myott and Jessica Smith.
? Contested Lancaster County races include Iva Drakeford, Howard Mickle and Vincent Webb for two town council seats in Heath Springs and Loyd Fox, Kristen Setzer and Kyle Starnes for two town council seats in Van Wyck.
Uncontested races are Mike Dorman for mayor and Bobbie Faulkenberry, Michael Cook and Randy Seegars for three town council seats in Kershaw.
? Chester County candidates are Flora Barber and James Harris for mayor and Flora Barber, Nancy Beatty, Recorda Holmes, Albert Stewart, Jr. and Helen Ruth Williams in Richburg; Joseph Wilson for mayor and Cole Abell, Buddy Courtney, Valeria Erwin and Mitchell Lisenby for town council in Lowrys; Carlton Martin for mayor with Lee Ann Gaston and Angel Waits for town council in Fort Lawn.
This story was originally published October 30, 2023, 12:06 PM.
York County’s first tattoo parlor is ready to make its mark, with grand opening activities planned for Saturday.The Local Tattoo has a noon ribbon cutting and 1 p.m. raffle at 1140 S.C. 55 E. in Clover. The tattoo shop will give away $3,000 in ...
York County’s first tattoo parlor is ready to make its mark, with grand opening activities planned for Saturday.
Artists are taking online bookings now. Walk-ins are welcome, too. The new shop will be open Tuesdays through Saturdays 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., according to its website.
A former gas station built in 1950 sits on the property. So does the former Market on Main building. A Belmont, North Carolina, company bought the property in 2013.
Devon Aguila and Heather Ireland moved to Clover last year from Arizona. They closed a shop there and planned to open one in their new hometown when they realized they were somewhere different. Where they left, tattoo shops were everywhere.
”We were really looking to get a location in our town,” Ireland said. “We really haven’t seen any tattoo studios in York County.”
South Carolina law didn’t allow tattoo parlors until 2004. Now the state health department regulates them.
Tattoo parlors aren’t allowed within 1,000 feet of a school, church or playground, but otherwise it’s up to counties or municipalities to set their own zoning rules for where they can be.
Almost two decades after tattoo parlors became legal, the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control lists 162 parlors statewide. Columbia has 22 of them. Myrtle Beach has 16. Spartanburg has 12 parlors, Sumter and Anderson contain eight each and several smaller communities across the state have a handful each.
The Local Tattoo in Clover is the first and only one located in York County. Neither Lancaster nor Chester counties has one, either.
In 2017 Long Island, New York, entrepreneur Lou Rubino moved south and set up shop in unincorporated Fort Mill for three tattoo-related businesses in an industrial park near Carowinds. Within a year about 50 employees worked at Ultimate Tattoo Supply, United Ink Productions and World Famous Tattoo Ink. The companies brought tattoo machines, needles and ink, and even started the Queen City Tattoo & Arts Festival in Charlotte.
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There are other surface level ties to tattoos in the area.
Rock Hill has Tattooed Brews, a bar and restaurant concept that celebrates the inked lifestyle in its name but doesn’t ink customers. The Mercantile in Rock Hill opened a temporary tattoo parlor in 2019 billed as a family friendly place for inked art lasting two to four days.
Tattoos were part of a much larger conversation in Rock Hill that same year, in relation to the since failed Carolina Panthers headquarters project that was once destined for York County.
Representatives for the NFL team sought several concessions related to the anticipated move of its team practice facility from Charlotte to Rock Hill. They wanted to be allowed two potential uses disallowed by state law — gambling venues and bars selling alcohol past 2 a.m. They also wanted two potential uses prohibited by Rock Hill law, cigar bars and tattoo parlors.
Ultimately none of those requests were the reason the Panthers project fell through last year. The timing and allocation of public funding were reasons given by the team.
Earlier this year a change.org petition popped up calling for Rock Hill zoning rule changes to allow a tattoo parlor. City planning staff brought up tattoo sites in some recent public meetings on other zoning questions, but haven’t made significant changes.
York County took up questions on tattoo parlors as part of its recent recoding of zoning rules last year.
Ireland said it took a while to find a spot that fit parameters to get a licensed tattoo place in South Carolina.
”Our vision for this studio is, we’re really looking to offer our community a high-end tattoo studio,” Ireland said. “They come in and all our staff are professional. It’s bright, airy, clean.”
There’s pressure, Ireland said, about being the first parlor in the county. “We want to be accepted by our community.”
Ireland said there can be negative stigmas associated with tattoos or parlors. Owners hope if there are people in the community with concerns or who are skeptical, they’ll come out Saturday and meet the new crew.
”We’re here for the art,” Ireland said. “We’re here for the clients.”
This story was originally published November 3, 2023, 2:03 PM.
A York County campground reborn could add yet another new outdoor option to the area.The owner of 20 acres at 787 Woodland Park Road in Smyrna wants to develop the property into a 40-site campground. It would include RV camping. The site is more than a mile east of the town, off S.C. 5.The county zoning board of appeals will hear the case Thursday. The property needs a special exception from that ...
A York County campground reborn could add yet another new outdoor option to the area.
The owner of 20 acres at 787 Woodland Park Road in Smyrna wants to develop the property into a 40-site campground. It would include RV camping. The site is more than a mile east of the town, off S.C. 5.
The county zoning board of appeals will hear the case Thursday. The property needs a special exception from that board to allow the campground, but it’s not the first time the site has been a camping destination.
The property was an active campground in the 1990s known as Woodlands Campground. Structures there date back to the 1970s, according to county land records. By early 2000, the campground was closed, but the site still has much of what supported 45 campsites there. There’s a concrete swimming pool, two bathhouses, an acre pond and other buildings.
Marcus Clayton acquired the property about three years ago from the late, long-time owner who ran the camp property.
“We’re just trying to get the baby back up to what she used to be,” Clayton said. “There’s a lot of memories out there. We want to get it back to something that people can enjoy like they used to.”
Clayton’s family went to the campground in its earlier years.
“Just an old diamond in the rough,” Clayton said.
In late 2020, Clayton had some friends over for camping and took some reservations but got more feedback and support than he expected. Social media blew up, Clayton said.
“We quit posting when we figured out we had more stuff to do with the county,” Clayton said.
If the decision Thursday goes his way, Clayton intends to move toward reopening and expanding the site in full. Somewhere for parents and kids to play and unplug, he said.
“There’s not a whole lot of room for that anymore,” Clayton said.
The new plan for Woodland Park Campground involves additional RV space as part of 40 total spaces. A site plan for the project shows 17 sites with a bathhouse just off Woodland Park Road before the internal drive splits in several directions to access the remaining camp sites, parking and a swimming pool. There’s a private residence on the southeast portion of the site. There’s a pond and pavilion to the southwest.
Between the residence and the pond there’s an area marked future expansion. The expansion area is 7 acres.
The Rock Hill region has long-established camping options from Ebenezer Park in Rock Hill to the Anne Springs Close Greenway in Fort Mill to state parks like Andrew Jackson State Park in Lancaster, Chester State Park and Landsford Canal State Park in Chester County and Kings Mountain State Park in York County.
There also are new or planned additions. There’s recent and coming work at Ebenezer to upgrade and expand its camp offerings. York County also has Allison Creek Park set to add camping on Lake Wylie and the massive Catawba Bend Preserve coming along the Catawba River.
Last fall, a property owner with 78 acres in southwestern Lancaster County, near the Chester County line, applied to build a campground with 166 sites, a dog park and more off Cedar Creek Road.
This spring, the owner of 335 acres on Kendelwood Drive in Lancaster County applied to build a Christian campground on about 20 acres. It would include an activity center with bus parking, and a chapel.
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This story was originally published August 7, 2023, 12:49 PM.
The York County planning commission moved forward with several plans Monday night that would allow new homes and businesses.The most significant residential change comes in Lake Wylie. There, two decisions would add almost 180 homes.Here are the proposed land changes and uses approved by the commission:? The planning commission approved a preliminary plat for a 155-home subdivision on almost 96 acres in Lake Wylie. Aberforth at Allison Creek sits at the intersection of Charlotte Highway and Daimler Boulevard. Fiorenza Pr...
The York County planning commission moved forward with several plans Monday night that would allow new homes and businesses.
The most significant residential change comes in Lake Wylie. There, two decisions would add almost 180 homes.
Here are the proposed land changes and uses approved by the commission:
? The planning commission approved a preliminary plat for a 155-home subdivision on almost 96 acres in Lake Wylie. Aberforth at Allison Creek sits at the intersection of Charlotte Highway and Daimler Boulevard. Fiorenza Properties is the developer. Big Allison Creek sits just south of the property.
The property sits on land that was part of the Big Allison Creek development agreement approved more than a decade ago by the county. That agreement requires commercial space that isn’t planned yet, but does appear on the residential plat.
A submitted plan shows a roundabout at Daimler and S.C. 49. Just west, plans show two 9,500-square-foot commercial buildings and four 5,000-square-foot commercial buildings. Homes are behind the commercial space with roads leading to five cul-de-sacs and several planned ponds.
? The planning commission approved a preliminary plat for the fifth phase of the Gentry at Hands Mill, within Hands Mill at Lake Wylie. The commission approved plans in 2018 for Gentry, at 129 homes. The final phase is 24 homes on almost 15 acres. The new approval was needed after trees were removed from areas not shown in prior plans, though the overall project still meets its tree save and open space requirements.
The Valita Road homes and property involved in the decision include two marinas off a peninsula on Lake Wylie.
? A plan to rezone almost 6 acres in Fort Mill will go to York County Council after the planning commission recommended in favor of the change. Brothers Storage applied for the rezoning to allow a boat and RV storage operation with trucking on the west side of Flint Hill Road, north of Pikeview Road.
In May, the county issued a stop work order for zoning violations and land disturbance without a permit for the property cleared prior to allow tractor trailer storage. A sketch plan submitted with the application shows almost 90 parking spaces.
? The planning commission also voted to approve a plat that splits an almost 72-acre property into two parcels, the smaller piece at about 5 acres, along Charlotte Highway between North Shiloh and Adkins roads between Lake Wylie and York. Both properties would remain residential and agricultural.
? An almost 6-acre parcel at 1674 Lawrence Road, south of Clover, would be rezoned as part of a split from one residential parcel to two. The planning commission recommended in favor of the decision which would add one home.
This story was originally published September 13, 2023, 11:43 AM.
John Marks graduated from Furman University in 2004 and joined the Herald in 2005. He covers community growth, municipalities, transportation and education mainly in York County and Lancaster County. The Fort Mill native earned dozens of South Carolina Press Association awards and multiple McClatchy President’s Awards for news coverage in Fort Mill and Lake Wylie.