Photo credited to Beth Trepagnier.
Tours: Offered every Friday, Saturday, and Monday, as well as the second and fourth Wednesday of the Month, at 9:30 am. Reservations are strongly recommended.
- This is a 2 hour tour that involves considerable walking. Bringing water is essential during the summer months.
- Beginning October 1st, 2017, there will need to be a minimum of 3 guests for the tour to not be cancelled. Any tours with less than 3 reservations will be cancelled 2 hours before the scheduled tour time, and full refunds will be issued.
- Tours depart at Backatown Coffee Parlour, 301 Basin Street, Ste. 1 New Orleans, LA 70112. (MAP)
Tour two of the oldest existing cemeteries in New Orleans located just steps from the French Quarter: this tour showcases local burial practices, history, culture, and the evolution of cemetery architecture in southern Louisiana.
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. See both of the reported possible burial sites for Marie Laveau: one is a family tomb in St. Louis 1 and the other is a wall vault in St. Louis Cemetery No. 2.
St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 was founded in 1789, and St. Louis 2 was consecrated for burials in August of 1823 as the need for expansion increased. Both cemeteries contain family tombs, society tombs, wall vaults, and copings as well as ornate antebellum iron work and stone work. The architect J. N. B. de Pouilly who is creditedwith designing many of the elaborate tombs is buried in St. Louis Cemetery No. 2. Save Our Cemeteries first restoration projects in 1974 began in an effort to preserve the wall vaults in St. Louis Cemetery No.2.
This is a 2 hour tour that involves considerable walking. The cemeteries are approximately two blocks apart. Save Our Cemeteries exclusively offers this opportunity to visit both cemeteries in one tour. 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.
Map of Tour Start Location