St. Louis Cemetery Walking Tour
Delve into the haunted history with one of the greatest New Orleans tourist attractions when you step into the cities oldest cemetery, St. Louis Cemetery No.1, opened in 1789 discover the history of this beautiful cemetery and some of the famous people buried here.
Learn about the unique burial methods used in this small cemetery and get a glimpse of the thousands of entombments as well as the graves of some of New Orleans' most famous residents. Some of the main people you will learn about on this tour include:
- Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau - Marie lived from 1801 to 1881, she was a Louisiana Creole practitioner of the Voodoo religion. Many legends and lores surround the name of Marie Laveau and the history surrounding her life is fascinating to learn.
- Paul Morphy - An American chess player that has been said to be the greatest chess master of his time. He lived from 1837 - 1884 and even retired from his chess career at a young age. He was born in New Orleans and over his chess career he traveled to New York and even Europe where he played almost every strong player, usually easily winning. Once he returned to New Orleans in 1859, he declared he was retiring from chess.
- Homer Plessy - Home Plessy was born in New Orleans in 1862, he was a plantiff in the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Plessy v. Ferguson. He was arrested, tried, and convicted of a violation of Louisiana's racial laws of segregation. The result had wide consequences for civil rights in the U.S.
Explore this over 200-year-old cemetery while trying to imagine the number of permanent residents within the walls of the burial ground, put there with the re-use of tombs and graves. This tour will also show you the former location of Storyville, where the movie 'Easy Rider' was filmed to make this, an all-around great adventure for everyone.
- Is there any walking involved?
Yes, the tour meets within a half mile of the cemetery and then casually walking the grounds of the cemetery.
- Approximately how long does the St. Louis Cemetery Walking Tour last?
Approximately 2 hours.
- For what ages is the tour appropriate?
Appropriate for all ages.
- What type of dress & footwear are recommended?
Wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes.
- Where does the St. Louis Cemetery Walking Tour depart from?
The tour departs at 441 Royal St. in front of the Royal House Oyster Bar.
- Is photography / video recording allowed on the St. Louis Cemetery Walking Tour ?
Both photography and video cameras are permitted.
- Is the St. Louis Cemetery Walking Tour handicap accessible?