My wife and I took a private tour with Mark Jones in May of 2012 and received exactly what I expected. Through chance, I had Mark on a carriage tour for two years prior and enjoyed my experience enough that I Googled him and found Black Cat. We set up a time to meet and my wife and I spent a good portion of the afternoon with him (he went well over the allotted time we paid for and I appreciated that). He blended many different stories and personal experiences to help educate and entertain us throughout the afternoon. If you are looking for a casual tour by a novice, killing a few months in the summer for extra cash and reading from a company "approved" script, move on, this is not for you. Mark is a published author in addition to a guide and this is what we were looking for in terms of a thorough tour, not information I can find on Wiki. My wife and I travel as much as we can and being a history buff, I have certain expectations with my experiences that I pay for and our private tour with Mark certainly met them. I highly, highly suggest a tour with him. If you can part with the cash for a private one where you can ask questions and directly interact with him, you need to do it. A Charleston must-do.
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