Meet Our Guides

 All of the guides at Walk LLC are licensed tour guides with the City of Charleston and have passed the city’s rigorous tour guide exam which means they know Charleston history! But more importantly, they have a passion for the past and are skilled storytellers. Our guides are the foremost resource when it comes to the must-see experience in the “low country”.

Steve Bailey

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 Steve Bailey, a licensed and registered tour guide and native Charlestonian, offers a two-hour walking tour of America’s most historic city.

The 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!

 

  Evans Byrd

img_1121-1Native 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!

 

Captain Timothy E. Dillinger “Capt. Tim”

Tim GaffneyCapt. Tim was born in Vienna, WV, and has spent most of his adult life in parts of the “Low Country” including Pawley’s Island, Georgetown, SC and Wilmington, NC. Capt. Tim holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and Archaeology from the University of South Carolina, an ASA in Photography Illustration from the Art Institute of Philadelphia and a Teacher Certification from Coastal Carolina University. He is a certified US Coast Guard Master Captain and is a member of the American Professional Captains Association. He is also a member of the Charleston Tourism Association, and comes from a long line of Eagle Scouts. He is the author of several children’s books, and has taught middle school Social Studies and Language Arts, as well as Developmental Reading and Creative Writing at West Virginia University. Capt. Tim is also musically inclined and lists the Celtic Flute, or “Penny Whistle,” and the Banjo among the instruments that he enjoys playing. When he is not touring, he can be found re-enacting historic battle scenes, including the Civil and Revolutionary Wars. He also enjoys sailing, boating, touring museums and battle sites, reading, writing, camping and kayaking. And don’t forget to ask him about some of his quirkier talents, namely riding a unicycle, sword fighting, shark dentistry and lion taming!

 

Amy Tankersley

Amy Tankersley2Amy has called Charleston her home since 1988 and has been a licensed tour guide since 2004. She was an art major during her college years and a ballroom dance instructor for 13 years.  For 10 years Amy shared her love of Charleston with guests while perched atop a horse drawn carriage and is thrilled to be able to show them even more of the Holy City with her walking tours.  When not showing visitors why Charleston is the “coolest city in America,” she can be found digging in her garden. It is her love of gardening that inspires her to volunteer as a Garden Docent for the Historic Charleston Foundation’s “Spring Tours of Homes & Gardens.”

 

 

Eric Wright

FullSizeRender-2Eric was born in Columbia, South Carolina and raised in Mississippi, where he attended Mississippi State University earning a double major in History and Philosophy, and is also a Certified Secondary Education Teacher. Eric has been living in Charleston for 19 years and has been a tour guide for 18 years. In his years here in Charleston, Eric has volunteered and/or worked for Middleton Place Foundation, Charleston Museum, the Historic Charleston Foundation and the Preservation Society and was the Charleston City Hall Historian from 1999 to 2001. In 2001, he was a selected presenter at the Biannual National Docent Symposium. Eric was also site coordinator for The Learning Channel program “Ghost Waters”. Eric has a strong interest in Southern History, and enjoys visiting the beautiful houses, museums and gardens in and around Charleston in his free time. He is drawn to outdoor activities, whether it is giving a tour, walking through a plantation, hiking in the mountains or spending a day on the water.

 

Greg Rysta

Greg has been a licensed tour guide for 14 of his 22 years in Charleston. He is a high school history teacher, teaches South Carolina State History at North Side Christian School, and has been teaching his students history for 24 years. Greg holds a Bachelor of Arts in Bible History with a minor in History from the Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC. He also holds a Master’s degree in Secondary Education. Greg is a history buff and enjoys reading articles or books about history and watching sports in his spare time. In his own words, “I enjoy being a tour guide because I get to show off this amazing city and meet people from all over the world!”

 

Ryan McGahan

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Ryan is originally from St. Simons Island, Georgia and has been living and providing guests a unique historical perspective of Charleston for 2 years. As Ryan puts it, “I was born in St. Simons, but got here as quick as I could.” Ryan holds a degree from Auburn University in Speech Communications. Ryan has been a certified Pit Master for 14 years and enjoys cooking up his award winning BBQ for friends and patrons, the recipe of which he has been perfecting for 18 years.

 

Daniel Schnauthiel

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!

 

John Polk


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John has a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in American History and English from North Greenville University. He is a native South Carolinian and has been a licensed tour guide for over 10 years, continually receiving outstanding reviews and accolades from his guests. John also gives horse- and carriage-drawn tours of the city and enjoys adding to the experience by showing guests areas of the city the horse drawn carriages aren’t able to tour. John Polk is a member of both the Charleston Tourism Association and the Carriage Operators of North America. Most recently, John was chosen as one of AFAR magazine’s “Featured Locals” for its AFAR Experience Charleston Event. John, along with his canine companion Miley, invite you on a page-turning tour of downtown Charleston as he weaves a story and brings the city to life using his skills as an orator and his rich quintessential southern accent.