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
Absentee ballots will need to be dropped of in person at the voter’s polling location.Tuesday is primary election day in South Carolina and residents will want to check their schedule and make sure they have time set aside to vote.YORK COUNTY, S.C. (WBTV) – Tuesday is primary election day in South Carolina and residents will want to check their schedule and make sure they have time set aside to vote.Polls opened across the state at 7 a.m. and closed at 7 p.m. Some of the big races on the ballot with be race...
Tuesday is primary election day in South Carolina and residents will want to check their schedule and make sure they have time set aside to vote.
YORK COUNTY, S.C. (WBTV) – Tuesday is primary election day in South Carolina and residents will want to check their schedule and make sure they have time set aside to vote.
Polls opened across the state at 7 a.m. and closed at 7 p.m. Some of the big races on the ballot with be races for governor, state superintendent, Congress, S.C. House seats, and several local races in York, Lancaster, and Chester counties.
At one of the biggest precincts in York County, Catawba Ridge High School in the Fort Mill area, it was slow. A poll manager at the high school said she only had about 200 people vote there. Even for a primary, that is not a lot.
She says this polling location was at its busiest in the morning, but still not nearly as busy as last year during the presidential election.
Now even with the slower pace and lower turnout, this election is important. Whoever wins in these primaries will move on to the November election in a one-on-one face-off.
Some of the lower turnouts on Primary Election Day were because of early voting. Back in the middle of May, the governor signed a law to make early voting a permanent fixture in the Palmetto State. A whopping 100,000 people took advantage of it through the state.
That two-week period started just two and a half weeks after the bill was signed into law. In York County, about 1,300 people took advantage of the early voting time.
But clearly a lot more like to vote the traditional way – on election day. By about noon today, 8700 people had come to vote. That is only about four percent of eligible voters here in York County cast a ballot overall.
The South Carolina Election Commission website has a portal where residents could put in the required information and find out where they would have to be to vote on Tuesday.
Those who have an absentee ballot on their counter can no longer mail it in; it needed to be dropped off in person by 7 p.m. Tuesday at their polling location.
Voters in line at 7 p.m. when the polls close were still able to cast a ballot.
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York County Councilmember Bump Roddey said affordable housing is a major need in York County, and he sees the start of a solution in this project.YORK, S.C. — York County Council is looking at allowing a developer to turn an aging mobile home park into a 400-home community, with the promise prices will stay affordable to help families out.The proposed project is on ...
York County Councilmember Bump Roddey said affordable housing is a major need in York County, and he sees the start of a solution in this project.
YORK, S.C. — York County Council is looking at allowing a developer to turn an aging mobile home park into a 400-home community, with the promise prices will stay affordable to help families out.
The proposed project is on McAfee Court in York, where there are about 40 mobile homes. Virgie Cherry, a resident of 16 years, said she wishes it would be maintained better.
“All this garbage out here," Cherry said. "These people don’t like cleaning yards."
High grass, trash, unpaved roads and some homes on the brink of collapse are just some of the complaints from residents on McAfee Court, many of whom can’t afford to leave the aging mobile home community.
But a new proposal to replace these homes with space for 400 new manufactured homes by Bull Creek LLC is bringing hope to some.
Richard Gee with Bull Creek LLC said families already living in the community would be the first to get a chance to buy a home and rent land in the new development.
Gee said right now many residents are paying around $1,000 to live here. Under his proposal, the cost for housing would stay under $1,500 a month but with better conditions.
“I can ensure that it’s clean, it’s picked up, it’s safe," Gee said. "Sidewalks, paved roads, streetlights, streetlamps, amenities.”
Most importantly, Gee said it would be affordable -- something that is very much needed in this community.
As more families turn to manufactured homes as a solution for affordable housing, demand has pushed prices up. According to census data, nationally the price of manufactured homes rose by nearly 50% during the pandemic.
Resident Vincent Maloco said he supports the project if it means his family can have a home.
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“A proposal like this one would give 400 families an opportunity to start the American dream," Maloco said.
York County Councilmember Bump Roddey said affordable housing is a major need in York County, and he sees the start of a solution in this project.
“I think this plan totally fits what we want to see in our backyard as opposed to some of the rundown and dilapidated mobile units that are here now," Roddey said.
The first reading was approved by the county council this week. Council will discuss the project again next month.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Companies linked to Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper are being sued for more than $21 million by York County over “improperly utilized” funds the South Carolina county spent toward building infrastructure around the site of what was supposed to be the team’s new headquarters -- a project that recently was terminated.The city of Rock Hill, where the facility was being built, also was inc...
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Companies linked to Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper are being sued for more than $21 million by York County over “improperly utilized” funds the South Carolina county spent toward building infrastructure around the site of what was supposed to be the team’s new headquarters -- a project that recently was terminated.
The city of Rock Hill, where the facility was being built, also was included in the suit along with Tepper’s Appaloosa Management LP, DT Sports Holding LLC and Tepper Sports Inc.
The suit, filed late Thursday, comes less than a month after the project was canceled and Tepper’s real estate company, GT Real Estate Holdings, filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy on the project, estimated to cost $800 million.
Tepper, the NFL’s richest owner, with a net worth of $16.7 billion, according to Forbes magazine, already had spent more than $175 million on the project on 240 acres in Rock Hill that was announced in 2019.
The project initially was paused on March 7 after Tepper’s companies alleged Rock Hill had not come up with the promised $225 million in bonds for infrastructure.
The lawsuit refers to the failed facility as a “vanity project.” It alleged that Tepper’s companies misappropriated the $21 million from Penny Tax revenue for the expansion of Mount Gallant road between Dave Lyle Boulevard and Anderson Road.
“Upon information and belief, none of the Penny Tax Funds went to its intended purpose,” the suit said.
The suit alleged York County had been “damaged” by the breakdown between Tepper’s company and Rock Hill.
“The Tepper Defendants directed the misappropriation of $21 million of statutorily restricted, public funds from their stated purpose, the expansion of a roadway in York County, and improperly utilized these funds on their failed vanity project, the Carolina Panthers’ headquarters and practice facility,” the suit stated. “Rather than cover the ballooning project budget themselves, the Tepper Defendants took money from York County and its taxpayers.”
For that, the county is seeking repayment of the $21 million plus interest, and other costs, including lost tax revenue and economic benefits, damages (actual, exemplary and punitive), increased construction costs and attorney's fees.
The Panthers did not immediately respond to requests for comments from Tepper or his management team.
In a year, Fort Mill added more residents than all but two other cities or towns in South Carolina.The U.S. Census Bureau released new population estimates Thursday for municipalities across the nation. The figures show estimates as of July 1, 2021, compared to that same date in 2020. Of the 270 incorporated places in South Carolina, most of the ones in York and surrounding counties grew.The estimated 27,991 residents in Fort Mill in mid-2021 is up 2,736 peop...
In a year, Fort Mill added more residents than all but two other cities or towns in South Carolina.
The U.S. Census Bureau released new population estimates Thursday for municipalities across the nation. The figures show estimates as of July 1, 2021, compared to that same date in 2020. Of the 270 incorporated places in South Carolina, most of the ones in York and surrounding counties grew.
The estimated 27,991 residents in Fort Mill in mid-2021 is up 2,736 people in a year. Those estimates don’t include the vast number of people with Fort Mill addresses who aren’t in town limits, notably Baxter and the Carowinds corridor. Unincorporated, or township, numbers were released with the recent data.
Only the slightly larger municipalities of Bluffton (3,457 resident increase) and Greer (3,068) grew by more people than Fort Mill. If the number of new residents in Fort Mill alone were its own town, it would rank in the top 100 in the state (No. 95).
In a year, York County grew by roughly the population of Clover. Yet much of the county’s population lives in unincorporated areas like Lake Wylie, or beyond the outskirts of Rock Hill and York.
Of the 288,595 estimated York County residents in mid-2021, about 54% live outside the nine cities and towns.
Rock Hill hasn’t grown in recent years at the rate Fort Mill has, but it’s still the largest population center in the county. The 74,102 estimated Rock Hill residents in mid-2021 is almost 26% of the county total. Yet the city population is down 55 residents in a year.
Fort Mill accounts for almost 10% of the York County population. Tega Cay is next at almost 5%.
Trends are visible dating back more than a decade. The 56% of York County residents who lived outside city or town limits in 2010 isn’t far off the 54% current mark. Yet a greater percentage of county residents each year come from the areas nearest Interstate 77 and the North Carolina border with Charlotte.
Rock Hill had 29% of the county population in 2010, 3% more than it does now. Fort Mill had less than 5%, about half what it has now. Tega Cay had about 3% of the county total, a little more than half what it has now.
Since 2010 the county has grown by more than 62,000 residents. Or, almost as many people as lived in Rock Hill in 2010. It’s a growth rate of almost 28%.
In that span, Fort Mill and Tega Cay combine to account for 41,269 more residents, or about two-thirds of that countywide growth rate. Rock Hill has grown by 7,948 residents since 2010.
While they aren’t reflected in the new data, years of new homebuilding trends in the area show similar growth in two other areas that border Charlotte. Lake Wylie in York County and Indian Land in Lancaster County remain some of the highest-growth areas in the region.
Both Lake Wylie and Indian Land are unincorporated areas. Their growth is reflected in countywide totals for their respective counties.
Here’s a look at one-year growth for municipalities in York, Lancaster and Chester counties:
As road work continues across York County, it’s now time for people to have their say about new projects, or whether they want even more improvements.“I know we’re in the middle of Pennies 4,” said Patrick Hamilton, director of Pennies for Progress, “but Pennies 5 is coming up faster than you think.”Pennies for Progress is a voter-approved one-cent sales tax used to pay for York County’s road improvements, including widening, resurfacing, intersection upgrades and other work, and even n...
As road work continues across York County, it’s now time for people to have their say about new projects, or whether they want even more improvements.
“I know we’re in the middle of Pennies 4,” said Patrick Hamilton, director of Pennies for Progress, “but Pennies 5 is coming up faster than you think.”
Pennies for Progress is a voter-approved one-cent sales tax used to pay for York County’s road improvements, including widening, resurfacing, intersection upgrades and other work, and even new roads. Voters get to decide on a list of upgrades based on how much the tax is expected to generate over a seven-year span.
The tax expires every seven years.
The current tax, known as Pennies 4 and approved by county residents in 2017, expires on April 30, 2025. A fifth Pennies campaign would need to be approved by voters in the fall of 2024 to begin collection May 1, 2025.
“It’s not a new tax,” Hamilton said. “It’ll be a continuation of the existing tax.”
If approved, Pennies 5 would provide millions of dollars for some of the county’s biggest road needs. That list of needs has not yet been created.
“There’s a lot that has to happen prior to that vote,” Hamilton said.
By state law, a six-member citizens commission will pick the Pennies 5 projects. And appointment of the commission is a critical early step.
County officials have not yet decided how people can submit their own names for consideration.
Commission selections are based on population. York County Council gets to appoint three members. Rock Hill appoints two, and there’s one more member for the remaining eight municipalities in York County.
“That has to happen this fall,” Hamilton said.
An estimated timeline has the county approving a resolution to create the commission Sept. 6, and appointing the commission members Oct. 17.
The commission would set its schedule this fall. With the most recent campaign, the group met monthly. The new commission will do it’s work from December to spring of 2024.
“They’ll go to every municipality within the county, give them an opportunity to present project requests to the commission,” Hamilton said. “Meetings are open to the public. The public can come and present project requests. We’ll take project requests through our website.”
The commission should approve its final list in May 2024 and present it to the county that summer. The vote would come that fall.
Chairwoman Christi Cox asked Hamilton to find out if there’s a way people can add their names to the list for consideration as a Pennies commission member. Councilman Tom Audette asked if there might be any update for how the Pennies 5 commission forms.
“Because of the change in our census numbers, have we re-looked at how we allot these six members because of the growth in certain areas?” Audette asked.
Audette serves a high-growth area in and between Fort Mill and Tega Cay. Recent U.S. Census Bureau updates show Fort Mill grew in a year, ending last summer, by more people than all but two other South Carolina cities and towns.
About 54% of York County residents live outside city or town limits. Which hits right at the three of six commission members the county gets to appoint. Rock Hill makes up about 26% of the total York County population. That city gets two appointments, or 33% of the commission.
Fort Mill, Tega Cay, York, Clover, Hickory Grove, McConnells, Sharon and Smyrna combine for about 20% of the county population. Those municipalities combined get one appointment, or 17% of the commission.
“I know it seems like a long way away,” Hamilton said, “but the process starts now.”
Hamilton said it’s a common misconception that York County Council or county staff picks the road improvements list.
That’s the job of the citizens commission.
Once the commission finalizes its list, York County Council can vote only on whether to put it on a referendum ballot. Council can’t change the list.
York County Council members say they’ve heard many of the same misconceptions.
“There’s been some conversations throughout the community about, council picks these projects,” said Councilman William “Bump” Roddey, who serves the Rock Hill area. “Council gets no designation which roads goes on the Pennies list.”
Councilman Robert Winkler hears the same in his area of western York County.
“All we can do is vote it up or down,” Winkler said. “We can’t add if we don’t like the list. We can’t make a change to it.”
Nor can the county manipulate the list after the referendum, for instance, if revenue comes in higher than projected.
“You can’t add new projects once the referendum’s been voted on,” Hamilton said. “If the project is not identified on the referendum, we can’t spend any money on it.”
Revenue collection on the current campaign has been drastically higher than was projected, Hamilton said. And all Pennies 4 projects are slated to be completed on time and on budget. Yet his office continues to monitor inflation, which can have major implications on road work due to massive amounts of materials needed.
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Road conditions is a longstanding concern for many in York County. The Pennies program held its first referendum in 1997. Since then, four programs have been approved by county residents with as high as 82% approval.
Roads remain a concern. A recent online reader survey by The Herald asked, given soaring gas prices, whether the state should temporarily cut back its gas tax, even if that money is used to improve state roads. The response was clear: 89% of participants opted to keep the gas tax and have road improvements done on time, despite pain at the pump.
Together, the previous four Pennies campaigns combine for more than $720 million in road work. If Pennies 5 is as big or bigger than Pennies 4 in revenue collection, an approved Pennies 5 campaign could take York County County past the $1 billion mark.
Vote Year: 1997
Vote Result: 51% in favor
Amount: $99.26 million
Key Projects: Fort Mill Northern Bypass (new road), Cherry Road, S.C. 5, S.C. 274, S.C. 160, S.C. 161
Vote Year: 2003
Vote Result: 73% in favor
Amount: $184 million
Key Projects: U.S. 21 Catawba River Bridge, Mt. Gallant Road, Fort Mill Southern Bypass (new road), Tega Cay/Gold Hill Connector (new road), S.C. 55, McConnells Highway
Vote Year: 2011
Vote Result: 82% in favor
Amount: $161 million
Key Projects: I-77/Gold Hill Road (new interchange), S.C. 274/Pole Branch Road, U.S. 21 North, S.C. 160, S.C. 557, Mt. Gallant Road
Vote Year: 2017
Vote Result: 78% in favor
Amount: $277.92 million
Key Projects: Cel-River Road/Red River Road, U.S. 21, S.C. 274/49/557 (intersection), Sutton Road/Spratt Street/Fort Mill Parkway, Galleria Boulevard (extension), Hubert Graham Way (extension)