Go around the left side of the Orphan Boys tomb and proceed up that aisle. The vaults, which are generally 2-3 chambers high, are used by several generations of the same family. Backtrack a bit to face the Fuller coping tomb. One of the most elegant neighborhoods in New Orleans, the Garden District is best explored with the benefit of a private guide to highlights its features and stories. You made it! Step back in time on this historic walking tour of New Orleans’ Garden District with an experienced guide. Visiting Lafayette Cemetery. The Garden District / Lafayette Cemetery Tour emphasizes history, architectural style, personal anecdotes, and tropical plant life. We can really thank the Koenigs for enhancing our cemetery tour, as this one illustrates how many family members can go in the same tomb (38) and how long the same tomb can be used (1855-2013 so far). Cruise through the modern-day highlights and tumultuous history of New Orleans on a private pedicab tour that takes you to sites such as Buckner Mansion and Lafayette Cemetery No. (WVUE) - Families whose loved ones are buried in New Orleans’ famous Lafayette Cemetery No. Notice also the “no Cross, no crown” design on the Ferguson tomb. “Big Daddy” Gisleson  was a prominent attorney, storyteller, and tour guide. Quite a way down on the right (7-8 tombs), notice the McKnight tomb, which has a large tree growing on it. Face masks required for travelers in public areas, Face masks required for guides in public areas, Social distancing enforced throughout experience. Lafayette Cemetery #1 is the first city-owned/operated cemetery, c. 1833. Notice that the angel is holding a lowered torch in its left hand. On this walking tour, marvel at the enormous antebellum mansions, learn about some of the district’s famous residents including Anne Rice and Sandra Bullock, and visit homes used in the films 'Interview with a Vampire' and 'Dracula 2000.' From there it’s a short walk to the cemetery. Lafayette Cemetery is on Washington Avenue in the Garden District. In 1866, he and his deputies played a prominent role in a violent race riot at the Mechanic’s Institute in New Orleans, he was removed from office, and a period known as Radical Reconstruction was ushered into Louisiana, resulting in the Union Army occupying this region until 1877. Trees cause the most deterioration of the old tombs. The cemetery is free and open to the public. You are now walking in the aisle closest to Coliseum Street. ), then turn right. In 1954, and Homer Plessy’s tomb is in St. Louis Cemetery #1 (for a guided tour of that cemetery, click here). *Up to 9 days depending on the booking/product. 1 is located in the heart of the Garden District. As you continue on this aisle, notice the Hicks tomb on the left. See Lafayette Cemetery #1 (not open to the public) and learn about its history from outside the gates. We'll have transportation, but some walking, in areas like the Jackson Square & the cemetery, is ideal. See the city through the eyes of someone who truly loves what they do, who truly loves the City of New Orleans, and who truly wants you to love it too. The City of New Orleans has temporarily closed Lafayette Cemetery for repairs but we still do the cemetery tour from the gates. This neighborhood boasted a high German population throughout the 19th century, and many of the most opulent homes in the Garden District were built with German hands. Your tour includes roundtrip transportation from the French quarter and refreshments at Magazine PoBoy Shop. Enjoy personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour. For more of what we’ve uncovered about the secret garden, click here. Although the company advertised that the tomb materials were “designed…expressly for the South,” and would not rust, this did not prove to be true and cast iron tombs are rusting all over New Orleans, including the tomb of Mr. Miltenberger himself , who rests in Cypress Grove Cemetery. Located in what now is the heart of the Garden District, between Washington, Sixth, Prytania, and Coliseum streets, Lafayette Cemetery No. See a wide range of architectural styles in the elegant Garden District neighborhood then get local tips on the city’s best places to enjoy New Orleans' finest music, food, and drink. Visit the city's oldest municipal cemetery at Lafayette #1 (outside only), and discover where so many famous movies and TV shows have been shot. Learn about life and death in the city and its unique above-ground crypts and gravesites. Our Tour begins outside of the gates of Lafayette Cemetery #1, as you learn of the basic burial information and customs and discuss why New Orleans cemeteries are so unique (NOTE: PUBLIC ACCESS IS NOT ALLOWED IN THIS CEMETERY) We then walk around the neighborhood where you’ll see the architectural styles of the Americans. Either Mr. Bartchy loved these tiles (many of us do!) Our experienced tour guides will lead you through this amazing collection of some of the best preserved mansion homes in the Southern United States. The shoes are a coveted throw and everyone in New Orleans wants to have a “Muses shoe.”  If you catch one, you will display it proudly in your home for all to see. Explore the sights and stories of the elegant Garden District with your expert local guide. Just past the Koenig tomb, turn right to walk between the Rice and Born tombs, and then turn left. With 19th Century mansions side by side to Victorian homes with the classic “gingerbread” style of architecture, this area is a must see for anyone looking to explore the unique beauty of New Orleans and her history. Most of all check out the local, off the beaten path New Orleans. Smith (also with upside-down torches). as an inexpensive “group tomb” for people without a family resting place. The tomb is quite impressive and although it was erected for the family of J. S. Smith, it is no wonder that the builder, Hagan, signed his name on the lower right side of the tomb. 2 or 3 tombs past the tomb of the children, on the same side, notice the Freudenstein tomb’s broken flower. See the many faces of New Orleans on this 3-hour private tour. The impressive red granite tomb right after the Odd Fellows tomb is that of the Hagan-Henderson Families and was built in the 1850s by James Hagan, who was the sexton of the cemetery and in the tomb-building business himself (remember his signature on the J.S. In a recent survey, “transcribing three-quarters of all legible tablets on the property, approximately 14,000 names were tallied”. This historic cemetery takes up one city block. Enjoy an educational and leisurely stroll through one of New Orleans' most gorgeous neighborhoods on this walking tour of the Garden District. The original closure tablet was moved to the side of the tomb many years ago when it was full, and a new one, which is now full, was added. New Orleans Home for Incurables tomb: The New Orleans Home for Incurables was established in 1891 by an all-female board of directors to provide compassionate services for handicapped and disabled residents of New Orleans. These are the most common tombs in New Orleans, although this was not the original method of interment. A lamb often adorns the tomb of someone who dies young. A tour is the best way to see the above ground cemeteries of New Orleans like the Saint Louis Cemetery. Walk along the right side of the Fuller tomb to the next aisle. Meander down sun-dappled sidewalks and admire well-preserved antebellum mansions, current and former homes to famous residents including Anne Rice, Sandra Bullock, John Goodman and Confederate President Jefferson Davis. 1 is the oldest cemetery in New Orleans. What's the best way to experience Lafayette Cemetery No. They bought the corner of the cemetery, built identical tombs, and, according to legend, vowed that the last surviving friend would burn the records of the Quarto. 1, as well, and conclude your tour with reservations at Commander’s Palace, a top New Orleans restaurant. All three sons who survived to adulthood fought in wars – Charles and Alden in the Civil War on the side of the Confederacy, and Orris (at age 63!) On your left, go between the Gessler and Rusha tombs. The wall of interment chambers on your left are called wall vaults  (sometimes these were called “oven vaults”). The broken or drooping flower is a classic funerary symbol, indicating the ending of a life. 1, in the historic Garden District! This symbol is used when a married couple is interred in the same vault. As these immigrant families became more comfortable with our customs (and as discrimination against the Irish in particular encouraged assimilation), even Irish families began to build above-ground tombs. When the state announced plans to close the home in 2011, displacing 85 residents and costing 135 employees their jobs, the board re-convened and leased the facility and operates it today as Hainkel Home. Monday, Dec. 2, 2019. This is a private tour, feel safe touring safe only with the people you are traveling with. The cemetery is the oldest and 3rd largest in the city, and while only a city block in size, it houses the remains of over 10,000 bodies! Coping tombs were the solution when, for religious or personal reasons, you wanted or needed to be buried in soil but you had the misfortune of dying in New Orleans, where the water table is high and in-ground coffins have been known to float to the surface during a flood. in World War 1 in the French Foreign Legion. You will be at the Esteben and Pic tomb). As you make your way along this aisle, you will see several tombs on both sides that are lower to the ground and have dirt, grass, shells, flowers, or weeds growing on them. Soon after you pass the Sewell tomb, the recently-bricked Koenig tomb will be on the left. Meet your local guide and small group and start your excursion with a complimentary praline. The four boyhood pals – Palfrey, Dupuy, Griswold, And Ginder – remained lifelong friends and formed a secret club called the Quarto and, it is rumored, did secret acts of charity. Lafayette #1 is an excellent example of the unique way we bury our departed. Continue till you get into the tree-lined aisle, then turn left. Walking: Easy/Moderate (>1 mile) Judge Ferguson determined that the Louisiana Legislature was within its rights to discriminate by race on rail cars and the case was appealed all the way to the United States Supreme Court, where the rule of “separate but equal” was established. The fire engine on the pediment is the horse-drawn variety, with one end of the hose to be placed in a well, pumped through the engine, and sprayed out the other end. With almost 500 wall vaults the cemetery has a rich history of some of the first settlers from … This stands for Independent Order of Odd Fellows, a fraternal organization who has several tombs throughout the city  as well as a cemetery of their own. The Garden District and Lafayette Cemetery No. Lafayette #1 is an excellent example of the unique way we bury our departed and explore their elaborate above ground tombs where many of our past mansion residents now lay at rest. In-ground burials are unusual and not always advisable in the wet soil of New Orleans, but the earliest Irish and German immigrants were appalled by the custom of above-ground tombs and often chose traditional burial. This may take a few seconds... Something went wrong. 1 tour will cost around USD $20.00. While many New Orleans tours focus on the touristy French Quarter, this tour takes you deeper into the city’s culture. Come Live It! Notice also the large number of German names and German birthplaces noted on the tombs. Turn right in this aisle. Hotel pick-up and drop-off are included. Tour The Lafayette Cemetery You will also get a chance to visit the oldest Municipal Cemetery in New Orleans Lafayette #1 the site of filming for many famous movies and TV shows including Interview with a Vampire and Double Jeopardy. See the elaborate above-ground tombs at Lafayette Cemetery, one of the city’s most significant ‘Cities of the Dead’. Make a right turn along the side of the Chalmette tomb, and then turn left in the next aisle (at the G.C. 1. The area is filled with amazing Antebellum homes with significant historical information. At the following intersection, turn left. Lafayette #1 Cemetery Private Tour . The very next tomb is the impressive society tomb of the Jefferson Fire Company no. Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff. It tells the story of Theresa J. Murray, who lost her husband and only child (William, pictured here)in May of 1864. Explore the scenic Garden District, known for its oak-lined streets, lush gardens, and impressive Victorian mansions. The style of the sleeves indicates that (in traditional dress) one hand belongs to a man and one to a woman. 1 experiences on Viator. Sewell tomb on the right. The new person is then laid to rest in the now empty chamber. Visit streets lined with gracious, antebellum homes, and learn how the city’s Creole and American residents competed with Greek Revival architecture and English-gardens. They settled in this area, mostly in a neighborhood adjacent to the Garden District that is still called the Irish Channel. Click here to Book Now Book Now Click here to Learn More Learn More $ 25 As you continue on this path, you will see ahead of you a larger aisle with magnolia trees. This is called the Secret Garden. Duration: 1 Hour NOLA VIRTUAL LAFAYETTE CEMETERY TOUR This “city-of-the-dead” is visually and historically alluring. We recently gave a tour of the Lafayette Cemetery, and filmed it. When you get to the tree-lined aisle, turn left. So, this tomb incorporates funerary traditions from Roman, Christian, and Hebrew cultures. 1, and learn about the area’s fascinating history—all on one fun and convenient outing. The settlers quickly learned that the only way to properly keep their dead in place was to build raised cemeteries, and this form of internment became a New Orleans tradition. Alden died at the age of 84, six weeks after being struck by a truck in 1920. Mizpah is a Hebrew word that connotes an emotional bond between people who are separated (in this case, by death). If a boy died while in residence at the home, he would be interred in this tomb. On your right, notice the tiles that spell out the name of John Bartchy, a Swiss immigrant who is presumably laid to rest in this tomb. Click here to choose the best tour to learn about the below sea level city! Hear about the history of the stately mansions along the tree-lined streets before visiting one of the city's haunting cemeteries. The cemetery grounds are accessible to wheelchairs, though some of the terrain is uneven. The cemetery was named after the city of Lafayette, which was once the area of New Orleans. 1, the filming location for famous movies. 22 year-old Joseph J. Naffe Jr. was killed in World War II and rests here with his family. Tours of the Cemetery will resume as soon as the City reopens the cemetery to the public. Tours are all-weather. We can easily say that thousands have been laid to rest here, and the cemetery holds that many stories. On this Garden District walking tour, meander down tree-lined alleys and past grand antebellum homes while learning about the historic neighborhood from your guide. Variations on this can be seen throughout the cemetery, It represents the belief that if one does not endure the trials of life (cross), one is not entitled to the eternal reward in heaven (crown). They were pre-fabricated at an ironworks in Philadelphia and sold by Wood & Miltenberger, a local ironworks distributor who also sold gates and fences, iron furniture, coffins, and cast iron for the balconies and galleries that give New Orleans its distinctive look. Pass several broken tablets on your right, and soon on your left is a massive coping tomb. It is free to enter and open to the public. Experience the best of New Orleans’ opulent Garden District. Our tour guides are New Orleanians with strong personal connections to the history and have many impressive credentials. Your guide shares local perspective on the posh 19th-century district and historic Lafayette Cemetery No. Turn left at the next opening (there will be a cast-iron fence around the D.R. On your right is a very large society tomb of the Chalmette Fire Company. Save your favorites. Godwin tomb on your right). On your right, you will see the military marker of Raymond Joseph Parks , who was killed in World War II seventeen days before his 19th birthday. Notice also the wreath near the top of this tomb. The French Quarter may get all the attention, but New Orleans’ Garden District is bursting with southern charm if you know where to look. Or, if you can add on a garden district tour and the price will be USD $40.00. See all Lafayette Cemetery No. Begin at the entrance to Lafayette Cemetery #1 on Washington Avenue. Nestled in the heart of New Orleans, the charming Garden District is one of the most beautiful neighborhoods of the Crescent City. Be entertained with local tales about reported hauntings, historical facts, and celebrity and movie making facts. Since the family was from Maine and accustomed to in-ground burials, it is possible that they had this unique plot built to resemble a traditional New England graveyard.Facing the broken column, turn right, then left (you’re going down the side of the raised graveyard) and ahead a few steps  to see the in-ground burial of Margaret McKeown on your right (this tomb is just before you get to the end of the aisle). At the end, you will arrive at a lovely corner with four identical tombs. 11 Reviews. Your guide shares recommendations for shopping, dining, and sightseeing in this gracious area of town! Continue in this aisle till you can’t go any further, then turn right. 1 say their graves are being … These are the same iconic tiles that spell out the street names on the corners of New Orleans streets. Overview Discover parts of New Orleans that you might otherwise miss during a Garden District and Lafayette Cemetery #1 tour, a great introduction to two New Orleans icons. They leave from the gate at the 1400 block of Washington Avenue and last 90 minutes. Muses, an all-women Mardi Gras krewe, decorates shoes all year to throw in one night during their very popular parade. The cemetery is open on weekdays from morning until early afternoon and on weekends from morning until noon. A New Orleans native, I work with some of my favorite places to help you drink and eat like a local! Soon you will come to a very large tomb on your left. As you continue in this aisle, notice the name “MICHEL” spelled out in New Orleans street name tiles. Your tour will conclude at Lafayette cemetery #1, one of the most visited and filmed cemeteries in New Orleans. There is no projected re-opening date. Come explore New Orleans with us - safely! Thank you for showing an interest in this treasure of New Orleans, and come again soon! 5 tombs after the large red granite Hagan-Henderson tomb, observe the tomb of William F. Klein, who died in the Chalmette sugar refinery explosion in 1907. This cemetery has been active since 1833 and is still in use (edit: it’s now been closed … Pedal through two centuries of New Orleans history on a combo bike tour of the French Quarter and Garden District. Quickly access bookings. Further down on the left is the heartbreaking  tomb. Biking through the Garden District under the canopy of live oak trees is a beautiful way to take in the history and celebrity of the district. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, hours and schedules of some businesses and services may be disrupted. This article should be used as reference only until the cemetery re-opens. End your tour with a visit to the historic Lafayette Cemetery. Lafayette cemetery tour prices depend on the length of time and tour inclusions. 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