As a small child I devoured the tales of my ancestors related to me by my elders. I have always felt that this is not my first life in the City by the Sea.
I have been a Certified Charleston Tour Guide since 1981, starting out as a stable hand and then a carriage driver. Later I moved on to bus tours. Today I do walking tours and private passenger driving tours of my lovely old home town
My talent lies in creating a story line that is both entertaining and educational. Having spent numerous years in Health Care outreach, I attended many seminars that taught me strategies that convey information in a manner that is compelling , interesting and relatable. After all , you dont come for a college lecture, you come for the fun!
I am a student of history, not just Charleston history, but national and international history as well. Charleston history did not happen in a bubble; I expose it in relation to the events that created it.
My goal is that when we part ways, that you will have a better context on the city and that you will share my love of Charleston, SC , "America's Most Historic City"!
A Recent Review of this guide
We had a wonderful tour with Al and highly recommend him! Al's passion for Charleston's history is amazing and there was not one question that he could not answer for us (and some were obscure). What also made the tour even more interesting is Al's sense of humor and his picture book of the "old days" of what Charleston looked like before some of the changes enabling us to better understand the difference of the old and the new - brilliant! Looking forward to our next tour with Al - The Ghost tour!
Licensed Charleston Tour Guide 1981 - current
Vice President , Charleston Tour Association 2009 -2011
President, Charleston Tour Association 2011-2015