The Garden District New Orleans

The Garden District

You’ve heard the name, but where and what exactly is the Garden District of New Orleans? Located approximately 3 miles southwest of the French Quarter, the Garden District is the home of Lafayette Cemetery #1, historic mansions, and a rich history.

author Anne Rice's former home Garden District, New Orleans
Former Garden District home of author Anne Rice

The Garden District – A Brief History

The French founded New Orleans and ruled over it for 60 years. France then gave it to Spain who governed for the next 40 years. After Napolean took it back, the United States decided to purchase it from France in 1803. Back then, only 1 out of every 10 people in New Orleans was an Anglo-Saxon, English-speaking American. The newly arrived Americans in New Orleans did not trust the native Creoles and the feeling was mutual. Therefore, the wealthy Yankees wanted a city of their own and the Garden District was born.

Lafayette Cemetery #1
Lafayette Cemetery #1

The Oldest Municipal Cemetery in New Orleans

Lafayette Cemetery #1 is in the Garden District. It is the oldest municipal cemetery in New Orleans. It contains over 1100 family tombs, 500 wall vaults and a dozen society tombs. Burials still take place here but only in existing tombs, no new ones are built. Many buried here are victims of cholera and yellow fever. The cemetery is a part of our Destined To Be Different Garden District tour.

Colonel Short's Villa, Cornstalk Fence, Garden District, New Orleans, LA
Colonel Short’s Villa, Cornstalk Fence, Garden District, New Orleans, LA

Prime Real Estate of the Garden District

The mansions in the Garden District are opulent, breathtaking, and great examples of the architecture of the day. From the Buckner Mansion to Colonel Short’s Villa, the Garden District is a very early example of a luxury suburb. So the next time you are in New Orleans make sure to book a Garden District Tour* with our experienced, licensed guides at The Savvy Native. Or choose any of our tours to enhance your New Orleans experience. We would love to show you around!

thesavvynative.com The Savvy Native is a group of experienced local tour guides who were either born in New Orleans or wish they had been.

*As if this writing the Cemetery is closed while the City of New Orleans completes maintenance repairs. And during this closing our tour has been expanded to include stops rarely seen that time normally would not allow for.

Book Now

Historical Walking Tours  Photography Tours  Music Tours  Cocktail and Culinary Tours  Haunted, Ghost and Voodoo Tours  Swamp, Plantation and CityTours  Bike Tours

SUBSCRIBE TO BLOG VIA EMAIL

Join 225 other subscribers

All Our Tours

Historical Walking Tours  Photography Tours  Music Tours  Cocktail and Culinary Tours  Haunted, Ghost and Voodoo Tours  Swamp, Plantation and CityTours  Bike Tours

The Savvy Native Walking Tours: Best Guided Tours in  U.S.A. featured on MyVacationPages

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

%d bloggers like this:
search previous next tag category expand menu location phone mail time cart zoom edit close