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CASTmember Spotlight- Ed Miller

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

My name is Ed Miller. Born and raised in Chicago IL. I was educated and earned degrees from Illinois Benedictine College and the Chicago Conservatory of Music.  In 1996 my partner and I happened to vacation in St Augustine, Fl.  Immediately we connected with the city’s history, architecture, and friendly people and leaving the “Windy City” we relocated here 6 months later. Coming from an extensive customer service retail back ground  it was a natural fit to get into the tourist industry in St Augustine. I began my career with HTA as a trolley conductor and then moved into the trolley restoration department becoming head painter, wood finisher, and sheet metal specialist when Victorian Vehicles moved from Key West to St Augustine.  That was one of the most rewarding job experiences I’ve had and can proudly say some of the vehicles I painted are still traveling the streets where HTA is represented.
When that division closed I went on to explore other avenues around the city doing delivery services, walking tours, and health care service.  Finally I took my retirement pension and exclusively  did some volunteer  museum work and fort tours of the Castillo de San Marcos. All this kept me busy and I never anticipated what was to come next. On a morning walk around town I noticed the new Potter’s Wax museum location at the Oldest Drugstore. I stepped in and well, the rest is history.
I am now back in the HTA family,   a proud CASTmember, and assistant manager of Potter’s Wax Museum, the nation’s oldest wax museum. I have the opportunity   to work with an awesome team and meet and greet people and introduce them to a museum experience beyond compare. If you have not visited Potter’s Wax Museum yet, add it to your bucket list. It’s a must!

What is your greatest fear?
Deep water
What is your favorite vacation spot?
Cabo San Lucas
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Surviving open heart surgery
Who is your favorite hero of fiction?
The Count of  Monte Cristo
What do you most value in friends?
Honesty and integrity

Ed Miller

First Day of Fall

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

Happy Fall!

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CASTmember Spotlight- Jill Herasme

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

Jill was born and raised in Key West and attended Florida State University. She had the pleasure of participating in their Fashion study abroad program in Paris and London. She received her Bachelors degree in Fashion design. Jill moved to NY after graduating college in 2001 residing there for 10 years. She worked as a children’s clothing designer for brands such as Levi’s, Old Navy and Nautica. Soon after marrying she and her husband moved to Key West in 2010 changing her focus to Graphic Design and Jewelry Design. Jill also has a great passion for ballet. She started dancing at the age of 5 and taught ballet at the Dance Factory before the birth of her daughter in 2014.
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Spending time with my family
What is your favorite vacation spot?
Jamaica
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
The birth of my daughter
What is your most treasured possession?
My engagement ring
Who are your favorite writers?
William Shakespeare and Vince Gilligan

Jill

Locals Ride Free

Friday, September 16th, 2016

Residents within our six cities can take advantage of some of our tours and attractions for FREE when accompanied by an adult paid guest.*
It’s Simple, Fast & Best of all… Free!

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Simply choose your Hometown city and fill out a brief form. Sign up today and rediscover the magic of your hometown with the Historic Tours of America Hometown Pass.

And be sure to also visit us at www.historictours.com and explore our tours and attractions in your hometown.

***Each Hometown pass holder rides free when accompanied by a guest who has purchased A FULL FARE adult ticket. Accompanying adult guest ticket must be purchased at a Historic Tours of America tour or attraction ticket booth or by calling 866-753-7975. Tickets may not be purchased online and may not be purchased using any discounts or coupons. Hometown Pass is not valid for packages.***

CASTmember Spotlight- Ashley Green

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

My name is Ashley Green and I have been with OTT since January of this year.  I was born and raised in Washington DC.  I graduated from North Carolina Wesleyan College in 2010 with a BS in Criminal Justice.  But have been in the retail/customer service field for over 10 years.  I also have a 2 year old named Scott.
I love to shop and spend time with family and friends.  I am also a fan of R & B and rap.  I love to interact with everyone and consider myself a people person.  I love to travel and am pretty adventurous.

Which living person do you most admire?
My mother
What is your greatest fear?
Failure
What is your favorite vacation spot?
Dominican Republic
Who is the greatest love of your life?
My son Scott
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Graduating from college.
If you could choose one reality TV show to be on, what
would it be?
Love and Hip Hop

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CASTmember Spotlight- Kim “Lily Winters” Barrett

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016

I am an only child, born and raised just 20 minutes outside of Boston.  Ever since I was little I have always had a passion for acting.  From demanding a full audience (my parents) who had to listen to my full theatrical version of Tomorrow from Annie in my room, to my first ever theatre production in kindergarten of Chicken Little, I was Chicken Little, I have always loved making people laugh.  I went to Regis College in Weston, MA where I double majored in Theatre and English and triple minored in Theology, Women’s Studies and Business Management.  I graduated Summa Cum Laude and I am a member of 4 National Honor Societies.
After graduating from Regis College I moved to LA for a year of post-graduate studies.  When I moved back to Boston, I began working in local theatre productions and commercials.  I came across the audition notice for Ghosts and Gravestones of Boston and quickly jumped at the unique opportunity. Now, seven years later, I could not be happier with the amazing people I work with and the wonderful guests I meet every time I step on to a trolley.  My character, Lily Winters, is a part of me and I am forever grateful for this job and all it has taught me.  It has helped bring my acting and improvisational skills to the next level.  I am now able to step in front of an audience and have zero fear, I am quick on my feet and always have a comeback for anyone who gets a little sassy!

What do you consider your greatest fear?
To never reach my full potential.
Who is the greatest love of your life?
My fiancée.  We’ve spent the last decade together and she
makes me a better person, by not only being my partner but
also my best friend.  She’s also my biggest fan and has taken
the ghost tour at least 100 times.
If you could die and come back, who would you be?
A puppy.
What is your most treasured possession?
The memories and relationships I have with my friends and loved
ones.
What do you value most in your friends?
Their support and love. It’s easy to be friends when things are
easy, but true friendship reveals itself during the hard times
when you need to be lifted up and be vulnerable to others

Cast Spot Kim Barrett

Happy Labor Day!

Monday, September 5th, 2016

Have a safe and happy labor day!

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