NEW ORLEANS CEMETERIES | OUR CITIES OF THE DEAD
ST. LOUIS CEMETERY #1
St. Louis Cemetery
ST. LOUIS CEMETERY #1 WALKING TOUR
10:30am and 2:30pm Daily
Take a walk with us among the bones of the dead. Discover the grave sites of New Orleans’ famous and notorious like Paul Morphy, the world’s greatest chess player, Marie Leveaux, The Voodoo Queen of New Orleans, living Hollywood actor Nicolas Cage and many, many, others . . .
Find out why, as New Orleans grew, a way to bury large numbers of people had to be found. Learn about our unique burial customs and what led to the evolution of New Orleans’ Cities of the Dead?
Due to acts of vandalism and tomb desecration entrance to the St. Louis Cemetery #1 has been restricted by the Church. You can’t visit the Cemetery on your own, you must enter with a Licensed New Orleans Tour Guide authorized by the New Orleans Catholic Cemeteries. The Savvy Native is a Registered Tour Operator for the New Orleans Catholic Cemeteries.
You will receive a detailed confirmation including date, time, tour and map. Meet us at Backatown Coffee, 301 Basin Street – the starting point for your Cemetery Tour | Thank You!
ST. LOUIS CEMETERY #2
ST. LOUIS CEMETERY #3
ST. LOUIS CEMETERY #3 WALKING TOUR
Located on Esplanade Avenue close to City Park and the Museum of Art, its the Catholic Archdiocese’s largest cemetery. Easily reached by short bus and street car rides. All the history, architecture, and burial customs you would find in St. Louis Cemetery #1 but not as hot, crowded and it gives you an opportunity to get out of the quarter for awhile.
Specialty Tour – 72 Hour Advance Booking Required; Call For Availability | You will receive a detailed confirmation including date, time, tour and map showing St. Louis Cemetery #3, 3421 Esplanade Avenue, the starting point for your tour | Thank You!
LAFAYETTE CEMETERY #1
LAFAYETTE CEMETERY #1 WALKING TOUR (Also included as part of our Garden District Tours)
11am and 1:30pm Daily
“Once again, citizens heard the dreaded call of “bring out your dead” given by cart drivers relieving residents of rotting corpses and hauling them to mass graves here and around the city.”
Corpse carriers drove wagons through the streets daily, shouting “Bring Out Your Dead.” Lafayette Cemetery is located in the heart of The Garden District on what once was The Livaudais Plantation. Used for burials since 1824, it is the oldest existing municipal cemetery in New Orleans.
You will receive a detailed confirmation including date, time, tour and map showing Lafayette Cemetery #1, 1416 – 1498 Washington Avenue, the starting point for your tour | Thank You!
METAIRIE CEMETERY (under review)
Specialty Tour – 72 Hour Advance Booking Required | You will receive a detailed confirmation including date, time, tour and map showing the starting point for your tour | Thank You!
MEET ONE OF OUR GUIDES
Danielle R. Barbara is a local New Orleans licensed tour guide. She was born and raised in New Orleans and as a local she speaks “New Orleanian.” She got a Master’s Degree in Speech from L.S.U. and has taught from college age to preschool age students. When she finished acting as a contractor to rebuild several of her families’ homes following Hurricane Katrina, her six children and her husband encouraged Danielle to become a tour guide because of her love for the city of New Orleans. After working as a tour guide for several years, she replaced her retiring professor and taught people how to become professional New Orleans tour guides. Danielle does all types of tours and enjoys sharing her passion for her city with others. Her enthusiasm and her love of history make her an enjoyable raconteur.