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   Garden District and Lafayette Cemetery #1 Walking Tour

Special Discounts

1-3 people $28.00 per person
4-5 people $24.00 per person
6 or more $19.00 per person
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In New Orleans we do things differently. Celebrating a life well lived. (Photo © The Advocate.)

   Garden District History

In 1832, four investors, led by Samuel J. Peters of Toronto, bought the Livaudais sugar plantation with the intention of building a city for American entrepreneurs streaming into New Orleans. The land was the highest ground in the area.

The founders named their town for the hero of the American Revolution, the Marquis de Lafayette. Lafayette was so loved by the American people that after the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, President Thomas Jefferson asked him to take the governorship of the new Louisiana territory. He refused citing his concern for France under the rule of Napoleon.

The Garden District was an enclave of American capitalists. New Orleans was booming and the opportunity to make a fortune was a powerful lure. These newcomers built homes that were a testament to their enterprise and business acumen.

The Garden District has the largest collection of antebellum homes in the United States. Your tour will include a house formerly owned by Anne Rice, and more recently by Nicholas Cage. You will also see the house that starred in Brad Pitt's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Just a few steps away is Sandra Bullock's impressive mansion.

   Lafayette Cemetery #1 History

Lafayette Cemetery #1 was established in 1833 on the site of the former Livaudais Sugar Plantation.

Lafayette Cemetery holds the remains of citizens from twenty-six different countries. The cemetery was never segregated by race, ethnicity, or religious denomination. Click here to see the Hatfields' inventory and index to tombs in Lafayette #1 Cemetery.

Click here to watch our own video tribute to the permanent residents of Lafayette Cemetery#1.

   Tour Details

Enjoy this neighborhood with our friendly guides. Please note that the Garden District Walking Tour includes a tour of Lafayette Cemetery #1.

We welcome volunteer and/or student groups with generous discounts. We also offer a discount for any group of ten or more traveling together.

If you have any questions, or if you're ready to reserve your tour, don't hesitate to contact us at 504-295-9047 or