“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.”
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.
“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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
David Henry Lucas was born May 25, 1947 in Greensboro, N.C., and grew up in the small farming town of Bishopville, S.C. In the fall of 1965, Mr. Lucas attended the University of South Carolina on a football scholarship. He majored in International Studies and received a B.A. degree in January 1970. Over the years, David has had successful careers in real estate development, timber farming, a breeding program of Egyptian Arabian horses for the international and national markets and a profitable investment in the cellular telephone lottery, just to name a few. David successfully pursued a private property rights lawsuit to the United States Supreme Court, Lucas vs. South Carolina Coastal Council. He has written a book about that experience, entitled “Lucas vs. The Green Machine“. David is also the author of the “Rice Kings”, a series of historical fiction books. Using the Antebellum era of Charleston as a backdrop, his stories take the reader back to an age of elegance and culture. The inspiration for his books comes from his own ancestral ties to Charleston dating back to its founding.
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.