Ed Grimball's walking tour is about an hour too long. The information and actual walk could easily have been delivered in less time without hurting the quality of the tour. There was a lot of discussion that had nothing to do with the history of Charleston. It is a tour guide's duty to get customers back on track for the sake of other paying customers. He is an extremely charming, sweet, gentle man but as there were no children on our particular tour, it was unnecessary to talk to us as if we were grade school students. I honestly don't mean that in a nasty way; it's just a personal preference. Therefore for my money, my style leans more towards the Tommy Dew style of walking tour (i.e.; direct and factual yet entertaining). I think the thing that bothered me more than the style and the length of time spent on the tour was the fact that in three hours, slavery was mentionned one time in passing. I know Charleston has a rich colorful history and not everything can be covered but that seemed like a bit of an oversight to me. Overall though, Ed was very knowledgeable about Charleston history.
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