Get to know our touring hosts
Because a story is only AS GOOD AS THE ONE TELLING IT . . .
At Genteel & Bard we’re obsessed with quality. Especially when it comes to the individuals who represent exquisite Savannah and host our dear friends (that’s you!).
Joining our team requires high performance standards, friendly dispositions, and hearts for history and storytelling. So you can be sure that no matter which host you have guiding you along your tour of Savannah you’re bound to have a top-notch good time.
Mr. T.C. Michaels
CO-FOUNDER AND EXPERIENTIAL CURATOR OF GENTEEL & BARD, AUTHOR, AND PUBLIC HISTORIAN
T.C. hosts both our Savannah History Tour and Savannah Ghost Encounter Tours.
Mr. Ed Allen
HISTORICAL INTERPRETER, CAREER PERFORMER, STORYTELLER EXTRAORDINAIRE
Born and raised in Historic Williamsburg, VA, Mr. Ed was destined to have a passion for history. He was a fifer in the renowned Colonial Williamsburg Fife and Drum Corp from age 10 to 18, and went on to perform on stage as an actor and musical performer for over 45 years, with professions and appearances including residency as a Historical Interpreter/Actor for Colonial Williamsburg. His favorite character being Richard Henry Lee. He also spent time as the GHOST of the notorious pyrate Major Stede Bonnet. :)
Ed comes by his love for history naturally. His 6th Great Grandfather, John Crane Allen, came from England to Jamestowne, Virginia in early 1600’s, and his 5th Great Grandfather, Captain Arthur Allen, built “The Allen’s Brick House” in Surry, VA in 1665 which became known as “Bacon’s Castle” during the rebellion of “Bacon’s Revenge”. The house is now listed as oldest brick dwelling in the US!
A true renaissance man, Mr. Ed is a decorated Army veteran, a one-time On-Air personality for KGON FM in Portland, OR (when radio was “live” not automated…yes, he talked a lot!) He loves animals, (just ask T.C. & Brenna’s little dog, Gentry, who loves Ed right back!), and he’s a huge Jimmy Buffet fan – he’s been to 53 concerts since 1976! Ed and his wonderful wife Susan travel to the UK as often…because there is “soooo much history.” Back in August of 2019, the couple visited Godalming, Surry, England the home of General James Oglethorpe, (the founder of Savannah) which was such a treat!
Mr. Ed moved to Savannah for its history (and to escape snow), and his favorite Savannah haunt is Monterey Square…so peaceful!
Join Mr. Ed on our regularly scheduled 8:30pm tours on the Genteel & Bard Dark History and Ghost Encounter Tour.
Mr. Aaron Bradford
Acclaimed Public Historian, HISTORICAL INTERPRETER, AND PROFESSIONAL STORYTELLER
Aaron Bradford has spent a lifetime sharing a love for history by bringing it to life at forts, battlefields, plantations, mills, in classrooms, lectures, and in historic films. After earning a degree in History Education at the University of Delaware, he worked at Pamplin Historical Park outside of Petersburg, Virginia. Bradford now serves as Interpretive Supervisor for the Coastal Heritage Society in Savannah, with an emphasis at Old Fort Jackson and the Savannah History Museum.
Fun Facts about Bradford:
*As a young child he discovered a strong personal connection with the past and passion for history when he learned he was a direct descendant of Governor William Bradford of Plimoth Plantation.
*He walked in the footsteps of those from the Bible during a visit to Israel for 8 days, he also studied abroad in Germany.
*He discovered a long a fascinating history of stories and letters from family during the Revolutionary and Civil War Era.
*He met his future wife at an 1863 Era Christmas Social.
*He lived in an historic inn on a Civil War Battlefield in Virginia.
*Enjoys evening strolls on the beach near Fort Screven on Tybee Island.