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 and we still ask our tour guides to have a license through the city of Charleston to lead our enchanting tours. 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.
Andrew 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.
Shaun 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.
Jim 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.
Bunny – 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.
Jenny Nance – 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.
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.
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.