Local Author and Former College Football Player Uses Passion for History to Show Off Charleston to Visitors
Although David Lucas may be an expert when it comes to Charleston’s history, some may not know that he has a unique history of his own. Lucas, local tour guide at Old South Carriage Company and former college football player at University of South Carolina, has a deep connection to the city of Charleston and admires the city for all it has to offer.
“There are great restaurants," said Lucas. "You have the water all around, but further than that, I have family history here."
He heard stories of his familial ties to Charleston ever since he was a young boy growing up. He was told that his family was heavily involved in the rice farming industry for generations.
“My grandfather used to indoctrinate me as a child, and a lot of the stories that came about were from Charleston.”
Now, Lucas has dedicated an entire book series to telling his family’s story. The series, titled The Rice Kings, discusses the in-depth histories of his great-grandfathers who were pioneers in the rice industry and found a home in the Lowcountry. With two books already on the market, Lucas is in the process of writing his third book of the series.
So, how did the former football player turned author become a tour guide? His grown children encouraged him to apply to be a guide. His passion for history paired with his love of horses and people made him the perfect candidate.
His children worked as tour guides throughout college, which is how Lucas was first introduced to the idea.
“I followed in their footsteps,” said Lucas. “Usually, parents say they are so proud that their kids followed in their footsteps, but I get to say the opposite.”
Aside from his family’s connection to the area, Lucas is extremely passionate about Charleston and is always excited to educate visitors who take his tour on the city’s unique history. Out of all of the interesting facts about Charleston, Lucas is especially fond of the story of Fort Moultrie- which protected Charleston from British occupation in 1776. At the time, the fort was built entirely of Palmetto logs which is why South Carolina was coined the “Palmetto State.”
When on tour in downtown Charleston, every guest is in for a special experience packed full of facts about the city’s history. The cherry on top is having a great set of guides who are passionate about equines, history and meeting new people. The member companies of Charleston CARES are committed to providing the best possible experience, and guides like Lucas make that possible. It’s clear that Lucas is not only dedicated to telling his family’s story but Charleston’s story as well.