Tour Guides & Photos

Charleston’s Best Tours, LLC in Charleston, SC has 6 independently contracted, qualified tour guides.

Roy Brandon, permanently licensed guide since 1999. Born and raised in the upstate of South Carolina and then moved to Charleston in 1994; holds an undergraduate degree in History from the College of Charleston, class of 2007. Worked as a docent at the Heyward-Washington house museum (1998-2003) and the Charleston Museum (2000-2005). Currently assists local writers as a researcher of South Carolina history.

Austin Lassiter, permanently licensed guide since 2011. Originally from Norfolk, VA. Permanently licensed guide since 2011. Holds undergrad in Religious Studies and Fine Art from the C of C, class of ’08. Currently pursuing Masters of History & Education from The Citadel.

Vandell “Van” Leak, permanently licensed guide since 2002. Born and raised in Minneapolis, MN; holds an undergraduate degree in Business from University of Minnesota, class of 1998. Relocated to Charleston in 1999; carriage tour operator (Palmetto Carriage Works, LTD.) (2002-present). Worked on film projects in the Charleston area including Cold Mountain (2002) and The Notebook (2003).

Mike Coker, permanently licensed guide since 1997. Born and raised in Goose Creek, SC; holds an undergraduate degree in History from the College of Charleston, class of 2006. Has worked for the South Carolina Historical Society in Charleston since 2000 as the Visual Materials Curator. Writes a monthly history column for Charleston Magazine and co-authored Historic South Carolina: An Illustrated History (2006). Authored the book Charleston Curiosities: Stories of the Tragic, Heroic, and Bizarre (2008).

Jon Jackson, permanently licensed guide since 1995. Born and raised in Summerville, SC; holds an undergraduate degree in History from the College of Charleston, class of 1997. Carriage tour operator (1995-2005) and walking tour guide (1997-present). Avid fan and expert on World War II naval history. Worked on the film project Cold Mountain (2002).