Steve Bailey, a licensed and registered tour guide and native Charlestonian, offers a two-hour walking tour of America’s most historic city. Steve’s tour remains within the walls and buildings of the only English walled city in North America.
The sailing ship, Carolina, first arrived in April of 1670 to settle Charles Towne, and Steve traces his ancestry to her. From the “Four Corners of Law” to the four corners of the original wall, explore historic Charleston with someone who was born and raised here!
Jim Gresham is a 1985 graduate from The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina. As a former student of History, Jim has a keen appreciation of walking in the footsteps of Pirates and Patriots and reflecting on the prosperity and adversity witnessed over the course of centuries.
Jim became a Licensed and Certified Tour Guide in 2015 following successful careers in the International Steamship and Printing & Publishing industries and holds a deep passion for the City’s rich maritime history as well as the beauty of the harbor, estuaries and coastal environment. Holding a USCG Master’s License, when not exploring the City, Jim can be found exploring the miles of tidal creeks and rivers that surround our beautiful city.
Dennis is a native of SC, finishing his BA at Charleston Southern and his Masters in New Orleans. Following that he spent 24 years in ministry. During that time he was active in community theatre and was in demand as a speaker/historical interpreter.
In 2010 he left church work and moved to St Augustine working at a historic sight. He came back to Charleston in 2013 and began work as a tour guide. His passion is knowing the story. He and his wife Laura live on Johns Island and enjoy working on their log cabin near Clemson SC.
Robert “Captain Bob” Hellebush
“Captain Bob” Hellebush is a former high school and college teacher, as well as the retired CEO of a multi-state investment firm. His broad knowledge of history, business, science, and philosophy will provide you an intruiging mix of information and conversation that is sure to make your journey a memorable one.
Wendy Shelton is a recently retired educator with a passion for history. She has a master’s degree in education and is highly qualified to teach secondary social studies. Wendy and her family fell in love with Charleston 20 years ago on a vacation to Folly Beach. They have been part-time residents for seven years and recently settled permanently in the low country. When she’s not giving tours, Wendy enjoys travel, hiking, and kayaking.
Mark R. Jones is an eighth-generation native of South Carolina, with family roots in the lowcountry and Pee Dee regions. As the son of a Methodist minister Mark can claim the entire state of South Carolina as home.
After studying at Francis Marion College, and the University of South Carolina, with an emphasis on history, and rum consumption, Jones was professionally qualified to do absolutely nothing, so in 2002 he became a certified Charleston tour guide and has given more than 20,000 tours. His tours tend to focus on the day-to-day life of Charleston’s citizens, concentrating on the social and political upheaval during the American Revolution, the Confederacy, and the Roaring 20s.
In the past twelve years Mark has published eight non-fiction books about Charleston history and appeared in dozens of TV shows and radio shows, including Investigation Discovery Channel, MSNBC, and NPR. He is a popular speaker across South Carolina and can usually be found on the streets of Charleston five days a week conducting tours.
Kay has lived in various regions of the US over the years and when she moved with her husband to the south over a decade ago, it was like coming home! Her love of teaching, history, and meeting new people are the perfect combination to lead you on a unique tour through Charleston and share our important and entertaining history. Whether you are interested in our centuries of gorgeous architecture, our significant political and military history, or the compelling stories of the residents of Low Country plantations, her goal is to keep you interested and engaged during your entire tour!
Kay has a Master’s Degree in Education and she is an AMI certified Montessori teacher. She is also a Certified Guide for the City of Charleston, a member of the Palmetto Guild and the Charleston Tour Association. From eight year olds to octogenarians, she loves customizing her tours so everyone has a good time!
Bill is a native South Carolinian who fell in love with Charleston as a young boy when he first visited the city on an organized school trip. That trip began a lifelong infatuation with the people, the history, the architecture, the art, and the foodways of America’s most beautiful city.
Bill holds a degree in Architecture from Clemson University and has spent most of his professional career as an interior decorator. The recent Covid Pandemic opened the door to his pursuing a dream of becoming a licensed Charleston Tour Guide. You might catch a glimpse of Bill driving his beloved horses and carriages around town whenever he’s not walking visitors through its streets and alleys.
A walkabout with Bill showcases beautiful buildings and interesting places while educating visitors on the stories of the many various cultural influences which have made Charleston such a fascinating tourist destination.
Paul is from Atlanta, Georgia but lived his thirty-three-year professional life and raised three children in Phoenix, Arizona. Paul and his wife began visiting Charleston in 2010 when one of their children attended the College of Charleston. She graduated and they stayed, making Charleston their permanent home in 2020. Upon moving to Charleston, and returning to the South, Paul was reminded of how much he loves the South. He has immersed himself in the Holy City and the area’s history, recent and colonial and everything in between.
Paul graduated from Georgetown University in 1985 and received a law degree from the University of Georgia in 1988. After a short career as a lawyer and a longer career as a small business entrepreneur, Paul took up writing. He has published two novels since arriving in Charleston, both based in Charleston in the 1970s, and is working on his next book.
Paul is fascinated by the lives of the men and women who lived and died in Charleston from the time of the country’s birth through its darkest days and he loves showing off his adopted hometown.
Colonel John Laurence Hutto was born and raised in the South Carolina Low Country. He attended The Citadel and graduated in 1987 after receiving a U.S. Army commission in the Field Artillery. During his 27 year Army career, he held numerous command and staff positions and deployed on multiple combat missions in the Middle East. His active duty service provided his family and him the opportunity to live across the nation and throughout the world.
Colonel Hutto’s family has been in the Charleston area long before the American Revolution. He has a deep understanding of the history and culture that surrounds the founding of the city of Charleston and its story of survival.
In 2019, he became a certified tour guide in Charleston and found a new passion in sharing the history of one of America’s most storied cities.
Native Charlestonian Evans Byrd has been a licensed tour guide for nearly 20 years. Evans grew up in the Ashley River Historic Corridor near old St Andrews Church, the oldest church building in South Carolina. His family has been part of the Carolinas since the mid 1700’s.
Descended from Methodist “Circuit Riders”, his family played a role in the religious foundation in South and North Carolina. Evans is passionate about imparting his knowledge of the “Holy City”. Don’t miss his “Holy City Church Tour” which has been perfected after 3 years of intense research and organization!
“All my life, history has been a hobby for me. So, to be able to apply that hobby to my profession as a teacher for 33 years has made my working life a real blessing for which I am most grateful. To be able to continue sharing stories with people during my retirement is even more rewarding.
To be able to share my blessings and interests with others in a place like Charleston, South Carolina is a true history nerd’s ultimate dream come true! I was a teacher of U.S. History for 33 years. My wife, Donna, and I spent our honeymoon in the Holy City a few years back, and afterwards frequently spoke of our desire to end up here some day, and in 2010 it happened!
After retiring from my chosen profession, however, my enthusiasm to continue learning more history and sharing it with others, did not retire with me. I now have the opportunity to walk the streets of the nation’s number one tourist destination sharing what I’ve learned with other “buffs”, and that is truly rewarding.”
Hurricane Hugo arrived six months after Daniel became a licensed tour guide in the City of Charleston. Charleston’s history is one of religious, cultural and personal freedom. Daniel’s family history mirrors that—his roots are in the Alsace-Lorraine, France, Germany, England, Ireland and even Tsarist Russia. His paternal Grandmother’s inn was nationalized in 1917 by the Bolsheviks. The family members not executed walked from Siberia to Germany, finally booking passage to Ellis Island in time for the roaring twenties.
It is fitting that Daniel’s favorite beverage is the White Russian! Daniel has travelled extensively—he has lived in 1988 post-coup Fiji, worked on sailboats in Newport, RI and Annapolis, interned for Economist Art Laffer and surfed in Peru. Most recently, Daniel left a career in Washington, DC to be a larger part of his daughter’s life.
Daniel looks forward to bringing Charleston’s History alive and relevant to you today!
As a seventh generation Charlestonian, M. Bruce Burris takes great pride in showing off his home town. Born and raised in the historic district of the city, he has witnessed the sleepy town grow into a hotspot for both national and international travelers. Bruce earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in economics from North Carolina State University. For 19 years, he then served as Vice President of International Purchasing and as a Director for Burris Chemical Incorporated. After the sale of Burris Chemical, Bruce started a Charleston-based maritime freight and storage company where he remained Managing Principal until it sold in 2011. Burris continues to reside in downtown Charleston and enjoys reading literature about Charleston’s notable history while being an active part of its growing future. When not exploring Charleston, he spends his time playing golf on a variety of the area’s amazing courses, windsurfing, and bird watching.
Jimmy Bailey is a native Charlestonian, tracing his ancestry to colonial era Charlestown. Jimmy offers a two-hour walking tour primarily within the boundaries of the original walled city which are the same streets and neighborhood Jimmy crisscrossed by bicycle and on foot as a child growing up in Charleston. Jimmy views his tour as a chance to walk guests through his old neighborhood and share its extraordinary history, architecture, preservation, and people – both past and present.
Jimmy, a licensed tour guide, is primarily available for tours on weekends and holidays as he’s a full time banker. He’s very involved in the community, serving on the advancement committee for the Lowcountry Land Trust, the city of Charleston Planning Commission, and is an active member of St. Philips Church.