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
The sheriff's office said when they were arrested, six people had made enough drugs to kill the entire population of York County.YORK COUNTY, S.C. — On Oct. 24, 2022, the York County Sheriff's Office announced that a year-long investigation resulted in a major bust of a fentanyl production lab. At the time, ...
The sheriff's office said when they were arrested, six people had made enough drugs to kill the entire population of York County.
YORK COUNTY, S.C. — On Oct. 24, 2022, the York County Sheriff's Office announced that a year-long investigation resulted in a major bust of a fentanyl production lab. At the time, Sheriff Kevin R. Tolson said six suspects had produced enough of the deadly drug to theoretically kill the entire county population.
"Did you hear what I said?" Sheriff Tolson asked. "What sits before you is enough fentanyl to kill the entire population of York County."
On Thursday, Nov. 11, two of the six suspects charged in the bust stood before a judge: Timario Gayton and Thomas Perry Jr. The duo reportedly were part of the operation in a house along Golden Pond Drive in the town of York, which was close to other homes and even a church and school. But aside from the operation, nobody was really home.
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"There were no beds within this residence. No personal belongings, this was solely for the purpose of creating fentanyl pills, pressing fentanyl pills, distributing kilos of drugs," said York county prosecutor Marina Hamilton. "This was a lab.”
The drugs seized - which included cocaine, meth, and marijuana along with the fentanyl - are estimated by the prosecution to be worth millions of dollars in street value. That tracks with the scale of the operation as well; investigators believe the operation is tied to cartels in Mexico and along the Gulf Coast.
To further underscore the level of the alleged lab, law enforcement officers said 62 pounds total of fentanyl were seized, including about 200,000 pills.
"Officers did have knowledge that [the suspects] were some of the biggest producers within the Southeast," Hamilton noted.
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Fentanyl itself has been proven to be a deadly drug; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports it's the top killer of adults aged 18 to 45 years old. But part of the operation included using pill-pressing machines, which law enforcement said were being used to mold potentially lethal doses to look like prescription oxycodone pills.
“You have these people who are not trained, who are creating these pills to look like valid prescription pills, and it’s Russian roulette when they get on the streets,” Hamilton said.
The bonds for both Gayton and Perry Jr. were denied Thursday. But the possible consequences they could face have been lambasted as not enough by Sheriff Tolson. In South Carolina, the strongest consequence for someone found guilty of trafficking fentanyl is a 15-year jail sentence. During the October news briefing, York County Solicitor Kevin Brackett echoed Tolson's sentiments.
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“We’re hampered because we can’t get laws that will hold people accountable," Brackett said. "We’ve been trying for years to get a fentanyl trafficking statute."
At the federal level, the Drug Enforcement Administration reports fentanyl is classified as a Schedule II drug. Federal drug trafficking penalties range from five years to life imprisonment depending on how much fentanyl is seized and on how many prior offenses the guilty party has.
YORK COUNTY, S.C. — Part of a York County road was shut down Saturday after a tree fell and took power lines down with it.The York County Sheriff's Office shared details on Facebook around 4 p.m. along with photos. The tree fell onto Charlotte Highway near the intersection with North Shiloh Road.For the latest breaking news, weather and traffic alerts, down...
YORK COUNTY, S.C. — Part of a York County road was shut down Saturday after a tree fell and took power lines down with it.
The York County Sheriff's Office shared details on Facebook around 4 p.m. along with photos. The tree fell onto Charlotte Highway near the intersection with North Shiloh Road.
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One of the photos taken by deputies showed the tree narrowly missed a Nissan SUV, landing just behind the car.
The roadway was still blocked around 6 p.m., but deputies said new power lines were being installed by crews as work to remove the tree went on.
It wasn't immediately clear how many residents lost power.
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A large residential subdivision plan has returned in York County.The Bull Creek company of Pineville, N.C., has applied to rezone almost an acre of a two-acre property at 2782 York Highway in York. The site is west of Shiloh Road and north of Gordon Road.The zoning change would allow an entrance to a nearby, planned 409-lot manufactured home community. Early this year, Bull Creek applied to rezone 155 acres at 975 McAfee Court. The property with 62 mobile homes on it would allow the new subdivision, if the zoning is changed, bu...
A large residential subdivision plan has returned in York County.
The Bull Creek company of Pineville, N.C., has applied to rezone almost an acre of a two-acre property at 2782 York Highway in York. The site is west of Shiloh Road and north of Gordon Road.
The zoning change would allow an entrance to a nearby, planned 409-lot manufactured home community. Early this year, Bull Creek applied to rezone 155 acres at 975 McAfee Court. The property with 62 mobile homes on it would allow the new subdivision, if the zoning is changed, but also would require a mile-long utility extension.
County planning staff had concerns about the project and how it would fit with the existing area. The project came back in late spring, but issues for county planners remained. Both county planning staff and the appointed planning commission recommended denial of the Bull Creek project.
At its first look at the project, York County Council added a condition to any potential approval that the applicant ask for a future land use map amendment. The county comprehensive plan being updated, so Bull Creek was told to make the request during public hearing of the plan update.
That public hearing should come in January.
Information provided by county staff to the planning commission ahead of its Dec. 12 hearing on the one-acre zoning proposal again recommends denial. The staff write-up calls the plan a “significant departure” from current land uses.
“The scale and density of the project is not compatible with the surrounding residential subdivisions which comprise of single-family homes with at least one acre lot sizes,” reads the staff report.
The larger zoning change to allow the new subdivision would take three positive votes and a public hearing from York County Council. The first vote came in June. The second is tentatively scheduled for Feb. 6, 2023 and third reading Feb. 20, 2023.
Also on the Dec. 12 planning commission agenda are decisions that would allow business and residential growth.
? Reynolds Industries in Fort Mill asked to rezone four acres at 3601 Foothills Way to expand the existing metal fabrication business.
? A two-acre zoning change at 133 Churchill Road in Rock Hill would allow Supreme Transport to keep a trucking operation on the site. The change would allow parking, dispatch and repair of semi-trailer trucks. A code enforcement case and stop work order halted those operations, because current zoning doesn’t allow that.
? Owners of almost 34 acres on Eastview Road in Rock Hill applied to rezone the site for combination with 72 adjacent acres. The properties could be split into two or three large lots. Current development plans aren’t listed for the heavily wooded site.
? A two-acre portion of a 13-acre site at 2884 Gordon Road in Rock Hill would be rezoned to parcel out space for a family home.
New population figures for this region show one county among the fastest growing in the state, one punching above its weight class and another losing people.On Thursday the U.S. Census Bureau released new estimates for states and counties nationwide. Estimates for smaller areas like cities and towns should follow in May.The latest figures are population estimates as of mid-2022. South Carolina is up to ...
New population figures for this region show one county among the fastest growing in the state, one punching above its weight class and another losing people.
On Thursday the U.S. Census Bureau released new estimates for states and counties nationwide. Estimates for smaller areas like cities and towns should follow in May.
The latest figures are population estimates as of mid-2022. South Carolina is up to more than 5.28 million residents. An estimated increase of 1.7%, or more than 89,000 new residents, in a year.
York and Lancaster counties are a significant part of that increase.
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York County had an estimated 294,248 residents last year. That figure is seventh most among South Carolina counties. There were an estimated 12,158 more people last year than at the 2020 Census, an increase of 4.31%.
That two-year growth rate is eighth highest in the state and the total population increase is fifth highest.
From 2021 to 2022, York County grew by an estimated 4,993 people for a 1.73% rate. It’s the fifth highest total increase statewide and 10th highest growth rate.
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Lancaster County is No. 15 in total estimated population, with 104,577 people as of last year. Lancaster County was No. 16 in population in 2020. Where Lancaster County stands out, though, is in growth rate.
At an 8.92% growth rate the past two years, Lancaster County ranks third statewide behind only Jasper and Horry counties.
Lancaster County has more than three times the people Jasper does, and a little more than a quarter the people Horry has. Lancaster County has more than double the two-year growth rate of York County, which is eighth highest statewide.
The 8,561 new Lancaster County residents is No. 9 statewide despite all but one other county in that top 10 having more than five times as many total people. Lancaster County is the smallest in the top 10 (by more than 90,000 people) for total population increase.
The flu has spread faster than usual this year in York County — and statewide — but it’s possible South Carolinians haven’t yet experienced the worst of the virus, local health officials said.“The peak for flu is going to be anywhere from December to February, so we don’t know the full extent of it yet,” Dr. Javed Patka, Medical Director of Hospital Medicine at Piedmo...
The flu has spread faster than usual this year in York County — and statewide — but it’s possible South Carolinians haven’t yet experienced the worst of the virus, local health officials said.
“The peak for flu is going to be anywhere from December to February, so we don’t know the full extent of it yet,” Dr. Javed Patka, Medical Director of Hospital Medicine at Piedmont Medical Center — Fort Mill, said. “Rates are still going up.”
And significant flu activity can last as late as May, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
This year’s flu season has been more severe nationwide, but South Carolina has one of the highest rates of cases compared to other states, CDC data shows.
To date, South Carolina has had 36,562 cases reported since the flu season began this year. Last year, the state had 696 cases reported over the same period, data from the state Department of Health and Environmental Control shows.
The latest data also shows that 8.2% of patient visits to statewide healthcare providers last week were for flu-like illness, which was above the state’s 3.6% baseline. York County was one of the 21 counties that reported flu activity above the state’s baseline.
“People are having more significant symptoms and severe symptoms compared to previous years, and that’s what’s most concerning,” Patka said.
Last week, there were nine new flu-associated deaths in South Carolina. And so far, there have been 30 total flu-associated deaths reported this year, DHEC data shows. Last year, the state reported two total flu-related deaths over the same period.
And there were 281 flu-associated hospitalizations reported by 49 hospitals in the state last week. So far, there have been 1,814 hospitalizations reported this season, DHEC data shows. Last year, there were 63 flu-associated hospitalizations reported over the same period.
“We are having a bad flu season this year,” Patka said. “We’re seeing a lot of ER visits and an increase in hospitalizations related to flu illness.”
Meanwhile, COVID hasn’t completely eased and cases of RSV, or respiratory syncytial virus, also are surging statewide and across the country.
“With the combination of that, we’ve had quite a larger amount than we would have expected to compared to previous years as far as hospitalizations for patients coming in with respiratory illnesses,” Patka said.
There are several factors contributing to this year’s significant spread, he said.
“It’s probably a combination of kids being back in school unmasked and in previous years, we had COVID precautions,” Patka said. “That led to just a general lower rate of flu-like illnesses.”
And the time of year has likely played a role, he said.
“The holiday season also impacts it,” Patka said. “There are more travelers and more large gatherings, so it’s just a combination of everything.”
Like COVID, there are certain individuals more susceptible to developing complications from flu, Patka said.
The vulnerable group includes young children, adults aged 65 years and older, pregnant individuals and people with chronic medical conditions, such as asthma, COPD, other lung diseases, heart disease and diabetes.
“Most people are going to recover from flu,” Patka said. “Once you get it, have a good amount of fluid intake. Take Tylenol if needed. Stay away from people while you’re sick.”
But it’s important patients, especially those with increased risk of complications, know when to seek medical attention.
“Recognizing the severe symptoms, such as shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, dizziness, feeling like you’re severely dehydrated and you can’t get enough fluids — those are all concerning symptoms and when you should rush to go seek medical attention,” Patka said.
The flu vaccine is typically recommended in September or October, but Patka said it’s not too late to get it.
“You’re still going to get good protection in the coming months,”he said. “Most years, flu is going to peak in January-February time, so the best thing you can do is vaccinate.”
On top of that, he said good hygiene is important.
“That includes hand washing, don’t go around others that you know are sick, avoid touching your eyes, your nose and your mouth and cover your nose while you’re coughing or sneezing,” Patka said. “Most spread is going to be direct person-to-person, but you can pick up the virus on other surfaces.”
For details on where to get flu shots in South Carolina, people can visit DHEC’s website here.
This story was originally published December 9, 2022, 12:59 PM.