New Orleans: Carrollton Cemetery. Photograph by Infrogmation
Established in 1849, Carrollton Cemetery is owned and operated by the city. The growing suburb of Carrollton was incorporated in 1845 and historian William H. Williams, writing in 1876, described the cemetery:
“A cemetery was established as an appendage to the town government, and owned by the corporation. It is situated in the rear of town, formed by the sedimentary deposit from the waters of the Macarty crevasse. The height of the land renders it suitable for burying in the ground – the most pleasant and beautiful as well as the most permanent mode of preserving our dead. The grounds are now becoming handsomely improved with tombs, trees, shrubbery, and flowers. The dead of forty years lie reposing here; many, it is true, now wholly neglected and forgotten; while on the other hand, the honored and well remembered names here scattered around on marble, are so many and so familiar to us all, that we feel, in the walks in our cemetery, as if we were moving in the midst of our friends.”
The first lot purchased in this cemetery was lot number 405 in November, 1849 by Neil Cochran for $15. Carrollton was annexed to the city in 1874, and the management of the cemetery was handed to the city government. Many of the cemetery’s early tombs are badly in need of repair. In 1969, the city issued bonds for improvements to be made, the sidewalks were paved and the drainage was improved.
There is a small wall vault and a few temple tombs found in the cemetery. Although the tombs are not necessarily architecturally significant, there are some notable burials, such as Frederick Fischer and the Kirchoff and Lochte families. Throughout the cemetery are tombs of pioneering families, like the Heatons, Herrles, Thielers, Gogreves, Deibels, and O’Dwyers.
Location and Hours
Location: 1701 Hillary St., New Orleans, LA 70118
Monday – Friday: 8:00 am – 2:30 pm
Saturday – closes at noon
Closed most major holidays
For more information, contact:
City of New Orleans
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