Thank You St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 Restoration Volunteers!


We would like to extend our thanks to the volunteers from Bayou Preservation, LLC and Save Our Cemeteries who were hard at work last week limewashing tombs in historic St. Louis Cemetery No. 1. Thank you for your time and dedication!

SOC’s Next “Tombs by Twilight” Tour is July 23rd!

Tombs By Twilight Tour, St. Louis Cemetery #1

Have you joined us for our “Tombs by Twilight” tour? Our next tour of St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 at dusk with be conducted on Saturday, July 23rd at 6:30 PM – we hope you’ll join us!

Save Our Cemeteries has partnered with New Orleans Catholic Cemeteries to provide a unique walking tour of St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 at dusk. This exclusive evening cemetery tour departs from Richard Fiske’s Martini Bar (RF’s) at the Chateau LeMoyne Hotel. After a guided tour of the cemetery, guests return to the hotel lounge for complimentary drinks, appetizers, and post-tour socializing.

Founded in 1789 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 is located just steps outside of the French Quarter at the corner of St. Louis and Basin Streets. It is the final resting place of some of the most illustrious citizens of New Orleans, including Etienne de Bore, pioneer in sugar development; Daniel Clark, financial supporter of the American Revolution; Paul Morphy, world famous chess champion; and other local and national figures.

Notable structures include the famed oven wall vaults, the supposed tomb of Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau, and the magnificent tombs of the French, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish societies.

The oldest existing cemetery in New Orleans, St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 is a maze of wall vaults, family tombs, and society tombs that artistically showcase the unique burial customs and traditions of New Orleans.

Save Our Cemeteries is the only non-profit in New Orleans that offers cemetery tours. A portion of the proceeds from your tour ticket price will go directly towards cemetery restoration in St. Louis Cemetery No. 1.

Tour is only available to persons 21 years of age and older. Ticket price is $45.00 per person, and advance reservations are required.

Make your reservation online:

Join SOC for our Annual Seminar!

SL3Photo credited to photographer Emily Newman.

Join Save Our Cemeteries for our Annual Seminar on July 16th, 2016. Guests interested in joining SOC for the full-day will enjoy guided tours of St. Louis No. 3, Metairie and Cypress Grove Cemeteries (transportation between cemeteries will be provided via bus), before the afternoon lecture sessions commence. Sally Asher, author of Stories from the Cemeteries of New Orleans and Hope & New Orleans: A History of the Crescent City, and published photographer, will present on the history of cremation. Mr. Jerry Schoen will follow with his discussion of cremation in present day New Orleans.

Full day registration will cost $60, and includes the cost of lunch. For guests only interested in attending the afternoon lectures, registration costs are reduced to $10. Afternoon guests may also order lunch for an additional cost of $10. A variety of sandwich options will be available to select from, catered by the Honey Baked Ham Company.

To make your reservation: Book Now!

Thank You Holt Cemetery Clean-Up Volunteers!


We would like to extend our thanks to these members of the U.S. Navy and Bayou Preservation, LLC for their assistance at Holt Cemetery last week. We appreciate your service, and your dedication to beautifying the final resting places of many veterans and private individuals!



Photo of St. Louis Cemetery No. 2, credited to photographer Beth Trepagnier

Save Our Cemeteries is very pleased to announce the development of a new tour, the “St. Louis Cemeteries Nos. 1 & 2 Combo Tour” – we would love for you to join us! The first opportunity to take this tour will be on June 18th, 2016 at 12:30pm

Tours to be offered on the second and fourth Wednesday of the Month, and the first and third Saturday of the month at 12:30pm.

The St. Louis cemeteries are the final resting place for many of New Orleans’ most illustrious citizens.Hear about the lasting influence of diverse individuals, from governors and mayors to jazz musicians, early civil rights activists to veterans of the Battle of New Orleans.

This is a 2 hour tour that involves considerable walking. The cemeteries are approximately two blocks apart. Tour cost is $30.00 with advance registration for participants over the age of 12. Proceeds from all tours help fund Save Our Cemeteries restoration program.