Marie Laveau tomb prior to renovation in Nov 2014

Marie Laveau tomb prior to renovation in Nov 2014

St. Louis #1 Cemetery Walking Tour

This is a walking tour of the oldest existing cemetery in New Orleans, consecrated in 1789, and resting place of Creoles who resided in the French Quarter, Marigny and Treme neighborhoods. Meander through the narrow alleys and learn about our French and Spanish culture, New Orleans' transformation into an American city, cemetery design and construction, wrought and cast iron ornamental enclosures, and traditional burial practices that are still followed. Highlights include Marie Laveau’s tomb, the Italian Society tomb featured in the indie film Easy Rider, Homer Plessy’s tomb, and the future tomb of actor Nicholas Cage. 

The Archdiocese of New Orleans requires that visitors to St Louis #1 Cemetery be accompanied by authorized tour guides. We are pleased that the Archdiocese permits Welcome to New Orleans Tours LLC to conduct tours in this historic cemetery. The Archdiocease collects a portion of the tour fee for cemetery maintenance.

St. Louis # 1 Cemetery Tours are 1 hour. Cost: $25/person

To book a tour and to arrange a convenient place to begin the tour, please contact Sheila at 504-909-9368 or info@welcomeneworleanstours.com. You may also book online.

St. Louis #1 Cemetery Tour

Jefferson Fire COmpany #22 tomb

Jefferson Fire COmpany #22 tomb

Lafayette #1 Cemetery Walking Tour 

Lafayette Cemetery #1 is the first city-owned/operated cemetery, c. 1833. It is located in historic Garden District, and houses many yellow fever victims, politicians, firemen, Italian and German immigrants, members of the merchant class and prominent  businessmen who resided in the Garden District and nearby Irish Channel..

The tour focuses on tomb design and construction techniques, and burial practices that have continued today. Highlights of the cemetery include decorative ironwork, funerary symbols, poetic epithets.  Lafayette Cemetery #1 is a popular location for film and TV productions, including "The Originals," "Interview with a Vampire," "Double Jeopardy" and "NCIS New Orleans."  

Lafayette Cemetery #1 Tours are 30 minutes. Cost: $15/person

To book a tour and to arrange a convenient place to begin the tour, please contact Sheila at 504-909-9368 or info@welcomeneworleanstours.com. You may also book online.

Lafayette Cemetery #1 Tour

Also available! Custom Tours of Metairie, St. Roch and Cypress Grove Cemeteries