Chief Francis D’Ambra originated the internationally acclaimed Historic Candlelight Walking Tour in Manteo in 2004. Now he is the retired Chief of Police for the Town of Manteo and has been a local resident here for over 24 years. The Chief is married and has raised his 3 girls on Roanoke Island as natives. He is an avid history buff with personal deep knowledge of Roanoke Island’s 400+ year history and the people who made this special place, “The Land of Beginnings”. Chief shares intimate and unique stories and lore around the many “firsts” in history that have happened right here. He also shares first hand, insider stories as told to him by some of our nations most beloved hero’s and celebrities. Having been the Police Chief for the true “Mayberry USA”his personal stories and relationships with local celebrities like Andy Griffith shine through his tours. The Chief’s tour has been featured in PBS show North Carolina Today. The Sheffield Star is newspaper in Sheffield, England said, “ The historical significance of this small island in America is truly astonishing. It’s a Must See when you are in the states!”

Greg Smrdel has been many things in life: husband, father, radio DJ, and hotel general manager. While he is still a husband and father, he has since added stand-up comedian, writer, editor, trivia host, author, and tour guide to that list. He is the editor for "Outer Banks Coastal Life" magazine and is the author of 11 books, including "The Andy Griffith Show Complete Trivia Guide.” Greg lives in Manteo and loves telling people about the quaint, little coastal town, especially
about its ties to Andy Griffith. In fact, it was Andy himself that called Manteo the town on which Mayberry was based.
Greg's comedy can be seen nationwide at comedy clubs, theaters, and casinos, and he can be heard every morning on Radio Free Outer Banks from 6 -11am. His books can be found at The Bluegrass Island Trading Company, Downtown Books, the Cotton Gin, and Buxton Village Books.