Our St Louis Cemetery no. 1 Walk-Around Tour is your chance to see the Crescent City’s oldest cemetery… from the outside! This tour will give guests a window to view New Orleans as it was over the last three centuries. You’ll learn about the geography of Louisiana and the real reasons for above ground burials. Hint: It’s not because they will float up when it rains. Your guide will also describe and explain the different uses for various tombs found in our cemeteries. New Orleans has had more than its share of notable and influential persons walking her broken banquettes. At the cemetery, you will learn about the famous ‘residents’ and even have a chance to see some of their tombs. All be it, socially distanced outside of the gates. We do recommend bringing selfie sticks for reaching inside the gates and over the taller walls.
The walk around St Louis #1 is through the former Red Light District known as, Storyville. During the tour, your guide may describe several details concerning the brothels as well as the origins of Jazz music. Don’t worry parents; we keep clear of the more risque’ details. This is an all ages tour.
This tour is about life and death during the 18th and 19th century here in New Orleans. However, most guest leave our tour knowing more about cemeteries and burial practices around the world than they every thought they would. To be absolutely clear, this tour does not enter the cemetery gates. This is the hand the pandemic has given us. I wish it were a better one. Even though we cannot enter, please think of supporting us, so that we can be here to give full cemetery tours once this pandemic ends. THANK YOU!
The St. Louis Cemetery no. 1 was featured in the 1969 movie, Easy Rider and is the future resting place of Nicholas Cage.The cemetery’s most notable residents include:
- Homer Plessy, one of the nation’s earliest Civil Rights Leader
- Marie Laveau, Infamous/Legendary Queen of Voodoo
- Bernard de Marigny de Mandeville, Statesman, gambler, duelist and an all around colorful Creole.
- Jean Baptiste Jourdain, The First African- American police detective
The tour will meet and depart from the Corner Pocket Pub, 940 St. Louis Street
- 1.5 Hour Walking Tour
- 3/4 of a Mile Walking Distance
- Adults: $25; Military: $18; Child: $10
- Private Tour Buyout: $120 for up to 10 People (Call to Book private groups of more than 10)
- Reservations are Required
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Thursday – Monday
Rain or Shine