Our Employees

Our philosophy at Palmetto Carriage Works is that our employees make the tour. From the ground crew that assists in the carriage loading to the guide that gives you your tour, our personnel is the most experienced in the industry. Most all carriage companies will tell you that their guides are the best. That is an arbitrary statement that is best left to you, the customer, to decide after your tour. I can tell you that the carriage tour guides at Palmetto have more years of carriage driving experience than any in the industry. I have been personally driving a carriage for over 25 years, longer than anyone else in Charleston. Much of our tour is derived from our years of experience.

Palmetto MyronMyron Pstrak – tour guide since 1983

Specialties: Civil War and 20th century cultural history. As a military brat, Myron grew up all over the world. A graduate of the College of Charleston, Myron works full time at the Medical University of South Carolina in addition to driving a carriage. Myron is an avid traveller across the US and throughout the world.

Palmetto ericEric Klatt – tour guide since 1998

Eric can fake a lowcountry accent better than anyone. Originally a carriage driver in Beaufort, Eric moved to Charleston, married the owner’s daughter, and got divorced a few years later. Eric now supports his 2 children, his ex wife and his stay at home girlfriend. Not only a hard worker, but a great tour guide.

Palmetto markMark Jones – tour guide since 2001

In addition to being a tour guide, Mark Jones is a published author with six books about the other side Charleston’s history. Mark’s obsession with the dark side of Charleston is also evident through his company Black Cat Tours, which features evening Wicked Walk and Haunted Charleston tours.

Palmetto bobBob Jones – tour guide since 2002

Although born in Charleston, Bob’s parents are Yankee transplants so he does not have an accent. Bob gives a fantastic tour, from the architecture in the city to life on the plantation, Charleston’s economy through the years, and the military history of the area. In his spare time, Bob appreciates cinematic productions through the ages.

Palmetto andrewAndrew DiRusso – tour guide since 2008

Andrew’s dedication goes far beyond being a punctual employee and a fantastic tour guide. He’s tattooed a team of mules on his leg to show his enthusiasm for his job and devotion to Palmetto (we didn’t make him get it, we swear!) Andrew’s commitment also extends to his country, where he is a Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic in the Army Reserve. If he’s got this much heart for job and country, you can be sure you’re going to get a great tour.

Palmetto shaunShaun Garrison– tour guide since 2003

An aspiring attorney, Shaun is a member of the South Carolina BAR. Shaun loves the Civil War and the pirate history of Charleston.

 

Palmetto jimJim Brain – tour guide since 2002

Jim, or Brain, as he is affectionately called at Palmetto, specializes in Charleston’s early history, and travelling through Ansonborough, Charleston’s oldest suburb, dating back to 1740. If he’s not doing tours, you might see Brain decked out in a tuxedo, driving a white horse and carriage through town with a newlywed couple in the back. When not working, he enjoys sailing in the Charleston Harbor.

Palmetto ronRon Millings – tour guide since 1995

As a United States Coast Guard veteran, Ron retired from working on submarines as an electrical planner and estimator. Not content with retirement, Ron graduated from the College of Charleston in 1995 and then got his tour guide license. Born and raised in Charleston, Ron has a wide variety of interests in the area, including Charleston’s early history, building structures, and the people who shaped the formation and expansion of the city.

Palmetto bunnyBunny – the voice of Palmetto since 1985

Bunny is the Palmetto Carriage Voice on the phone. Bunny handles most of the bookings of our private carriages, group specials, and weddings. Her personal attention to customer service is one of the reasons carriage customers use our services repeatedly. A survivor of both cancer and a near fatal waterskiing accident, Bunny is a proven odds beater so it’s pretty safe bet she’ll arrange a great carriage experience for you.

Palmetto georgeGeorge the Greeter

A Palmetto mainstay since 2003, George greets our customers and makes sure that you have a great tour. Always looking to help save you money, George hands out a packet of coupons for local restaurants and is always ready to chat. George can usually be found wearing a straw hat of some kind, from a Mexican sombrero to a cowboy hat. Don’t hesitate to ask George for anything except a ride.

Palmetto jennyJenny – Tour Guide Since 1987

Jenny gave her very first carriage tour on March 16, 1987. An animal person at heart, she was amazed that someone would actually let her do this amazing job.. and pay her for it! Jenny graduated from the College of Charleston in 1991 and even managed a competitor for several years. After 15 years, she thought she should grow up and get a real job. She tried it for a while, didn’t like it, and has been part of the Palmetto family since 2011.

Palmetto rebelRebel Sinclair

Rebel Sinclair is a historian, author, and storyteller about all things offbeat and paranormal. She has written three romance novels as well as providing evening haunted tours with her husband, Mark Jones & Black Cat Tours.

Palmetto barn staffBarn Staff

Behind the good looking animals at Palmetto Carriage Works is an even better looking barn staff. With eleven full time employees in the summer, the experience and dedication of the crew can be seen in how healthy the animals look while working. If you have any animal questions while you’re visiting us, just ask any barn hand and they’ll be happy to tell you about the behind-the-scenes part of our operation.

Palmetto shop crewShop Crew

Our ticket shop in the barn can get rather busy, but these ladies excel in organization and customer service. In addition to selling tickets, they also book privates and coordinate schedules, offer advice on good restaurants around town, sell ice cold water on a hot summer’s day, and point our patrons in the direction of our restrooms.

From the ground crew that assists in the carriage loading to the guide that leads your tour, our personnel are the most experienced in the industry. We pride ourself in the quality and longevity of our staff. Over half the employees have over ten years of experience in the carriage tour industry, so you can rest assured that you are getting the highest quality product on the market.