This is a one hour stroll filled with cemetery history and entry to St. Louis Cemetery #1, which is the oldest operating cemetery in the city of New Orleans! Discover Marie Laveau's tomb, Voodoo mysteries and burial practices you never knew!
What to Expect
Discover the first burial location of the city of New Orleans. Visit the location of the first organized cemetery, which was supposed to have been completely moved but coffins were found recently in this location. Do you know why burial masses were not performed within the city limits after 1827?
Upon entry to St. Louis #1 Cemetery, you will hear of burial practices, how and why they bury above the ground, as well as how there is always room for another burial in the one block cemetery. Burial types including wall vaults, family tombs, step tombs and benevolent society tombs will be discussed as your licensed tour guide leads you through weaving paths of beautiful architecture and history.
Visit the tomb of the Voodoo Queen, Marie Laveau and discover Voodoo mysteries uncovered. Why is she still considered the Voodoo Queen? What is Voodoo and why does just the word strike fear in most? Visit the tomb of Nicholas Cage. Was he really cursed because he owned the LaLaurie Mansion? How did the controversial movie "Easy Rider" bring national attention to St. Louis #1 Cemetery?
This cemetery is Catholic, but they would never refuse a proper burial to anyone. Discussion in the Protestant Section includes Benjamin Latrobe and Govenor Willam C.C. Claiborne. Be amazed by all the information and beauty, as well as the sad deterioration of some of the older tombs within the walls of this cemetery and what is being done to restore them. Upon exiting the cemetery you may choose to head back into the French Quarter or take a break at the Basin Street Station, formerly the old train station, during the Civil War.
- Licensed tour guide/historian
- Entry to St. Louis Cemetery
What's Not Included
- Tour guide
- Gratuities (recommended)
- Water and snacks
Know Before You Go
• Tours are subject to reschedule due to inclement weather such as lightening and/or flooding of the streets. This tour does roll in the rain.
• No refunds. No call no show to the tour forfeits your voucher. Please do not be late. Tours depart at the scheduled time and no one may join after that time. Should you find you are unable to attend, please call 24 hours in advance to reschedule to avoid forfeiture of your voucher.
• If you are driving, arrive early. Suggested parking behind the Basin Street Station and walk into the Quarter. Usually it is $5/10 hours Monday-Friday & $10/10 hours Saturday & Sunday. (Special events subject to increase in pricing).
• Wear comfortable walking shoes and drink plenty of water, as dehydration can ruin your vacation. May-September please wear sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat. Water is usually available for purchase at the cemetery and always at the Basin Street Station.