Afternoon Tours in Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 starting June 1st!

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We’re excited to share that beginning June 1, 2017, we will be offering tours in Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 at 1:00 pm daily, in addition to our 10:30 am tours.

Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 is located in the historic Garden District of New Orleans. It is among the city’s earliest and most significant above-ground burial sites. Once part of the Livaudais Plantation, Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 was designated a city burial site in 1833, and has been in continuous use since.

Distinguished by its intersecting avenues designed to accommodate funeral processions, it was the City’s first planned cemetery. Placed on the National Register of Historic Places by virtue of its significant history, location, and architectural importance, it retains its original size and configuration, and contains a variety of tomb types and styles.

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Karstendiek Tomb Restoration Update

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We are pleased to announce that the restoration of the Karstendiek Tomb is well underway. Due to your support, Irish Channel Iron Works has been working with us in order to restore this very important example of cast iron tomb architecture. All of the major areas of rust have been treated and are in the final stages of being repaired. The areas of concern on the roof, where water was entering, is currently being addressed and a water-tight welded barrier is being built up in order to ensure against future water damage. Once all repairs are complete on the bodies of the four facades the decorative eternal flame cornice will be restored using infill of new casts made from the originals.

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Thank You Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 Restoration Volunteers!

Photo ©  Judi Bottoni New Orleans Cemeteries 2008
Photo © Judi Bottoni

We would like to extend our thanks to our hardworking volunteers for their assistance at Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 this past Sunday, September 25th. We appreciate your service, and your dedication in helping to remove invasive species and vegetative growth!

The second phase of our clean-up in Squares 3 and 4 of Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 will be on Monday, October 24th, 2016 from 9:00am until 12:00pm. No special skills are needed to join us, but plan to wear clothing and footwear appropriate for potentially messy, outside work. We will supply gloves, hand tools and other cleaning materials and supplies.

If you are interested in volunteering for this clean-up, please email your contact information to stephanie@saveourcemeteries.org.

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Upcoming Cemetery Clean-Ups: Call for Volunteers

Photo BY Judi Bottoni ©New Orleans Cemeteries 2008

Photo © Judy Bottoni

Come join Save Our Cemeteries on Sunday, September 25th, 2016 and Monday October 2, 2016, and help make a difference in the community! We will be conducting clean-ups in Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 on both dates from 9:00am until 12:00pm, with the goal of making significant strides clipping ferns and invasive vegetation, and removing trash from the cemetery – but we can’t do it without help.

No special skills are needed to join us, but plan to wear clothing and footwear appropriate for potentially messy, outside work. We will supply gloves, hand tools and other cleaning materials and supplies.

If you are interested in volunteering for this clean-up, please email your contact information to stephanie@saveourcemeteries.org.

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Join us for the Karstendiek Tomb Reception!

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Please join Save Our Cemeteries and Anne Rice’s Vampire Lestat Fan Club for a celebration of the upcoming restoration of the Karstendiek Family tomb in historic Lafayette Cemetery No. 1.

The Karstendiek Family tomb is also known as the “Vampire Lestat Tomb” because of the inspiration famed author Anne Rice drew from the tomb’s unique attributes and its striking resemblence to the tomb featured in the movie adaptation of Interview with the Vampire

The Karstendiek Family tomb is one of only16 cast-iron tombs in Orleans Parish and needs extensive repairs. Proceeds from the event will be earmarked for restoration of the tomb.

Patrons will participate in a Second Line led by Skinz N Bonez into the cemetery. A brief “twilight tour” of the cemetery is included, and light refreshments and red wine will be served

Tickets are $50 per person. Must be at least 21 years old to attend. Reservations are required and limited to 100 patrons. Tickets may be purchased online: here.

We hope you will join us to celebrate and support the full restoration of this very special landmark!

Questions? Please email soc@saveourcemeteries.org. 

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