GONE ... BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN
ABOUT BLACK CAT TOURS
Husband & wife MARK JONES and REBEL SINCLAIR are full time professional tour guides, authors,
historians and paranormal investigators who have given more than 10,000 tours. Their goal is to offer
every customer a professional and fun experience with each tour. By day, they conduct horse-drawn
carriage tours and historic walking tours but at night, they show their customers
Charleston's other side.

Most Charleston tour companies take 20 people on each tour. Often, tourists are being herded around the
city in a large group with screaming kids and a tour guide who has been working for six months or less.
BLACK CAT limits their tours to no more than 12 people, and NO YOUNG CHILDREN.
WHY ARE WE CALLED "BLACK CAT TOURS"?

  • In the 1640s Charles I of England owned a black cat whom he fiercely loved. In late 1648 the cat fell ill and died. Charles I was heard to
    proclaim, “Alas my luck is gone.” The next day, he was arrested and charged with high treason. Ultimately he was beheaded. His son, Charles II,
    is the namesake of Charleston, SC.

  • When the Pilgrims arrived at Plymouth Rock, they brought with them a devout faith in the Bible and a deep suspicion of anything deemed of
    the devil. They viewed the black cat as evil - a companion, or a familiar to witches. Anyone caught with a black cat would be severely punished
    or even killed. The early settlers of Charles Town were hard-drinking Scots-Irish and English merchants, the complete antithesis of Pilgrims. In
    fact, they looked upon the New England Puritans with suspicion and disdain.

  • Edgar Allan Poe was stationed at Ft. Moutlrie in Charleston during the 1820s. His first published story, "The Gold Bug" is set on Sullivan's
    Island. Another Poe story which uses Charleston includes "The Oblong Box". Of course, one of his most popular works is "The Black Cat".

  • In the Lowcountry Gullah culture, Black Cats are considered  "plat-eyes" - spirits that manifest into the shape of a feline only at night, and are
    usually found near graveyards and cemeteries ... close to home.

  • But of course, the REAL reason is ... Mark & Rebel have several black cats at home.
Pluto
Annabel
Royal
Tuxy
Smokey Joe
Edgar Allan Poe
Moose
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Taz
Smokey Joe
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