I arrived at Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 and the gates were closed and locked, even though the cemetery says it is open. What’s going on?

Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 is owned and operated by the city of New Orleans. They list the cemetery hours as Monday – Sunday: 7:00 am – 3:00 pm. Hours may fluctuate based on the availability of city personnel to open and close the cemetery gates. If gates are locked, please call the City Cemeteries Department at 504-658-3781.

Do you give cemetery tours all year long?

Yes, we give cemetery tours 7 days a week, all year long. We do not give tours on the following holidays: Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, Mardi Gras and Easter Sunday.

Thank you to our fantastic volunteers!

A HUGE thank you to our amazing volunteers who came out last Saturday. They worked on seven (!) tombs in St. Louis Cemetery No. 2, restoring the ironwork surrounds & gates.

A special thank you to the two SOC board members (you know who you are!), the 3 former-interns (plus friend) who continue to volunteer their time with us, the repeat volunteers, and to Harry & Ryan, our volunteer leaders from Hands On New Orleans. We love you!

Working with Hands On has been a wonderful experience, so if you are looking for places to volunteer in New Orleans, I highly recommend their services.

The next volunteer project will be on February 25, and we’ll be back in St. Louis Cemetery No. 2 working on ironwork restoration, and maybe even a bit of marble cleaning. If you’re interested in signing up, please do so ASAP as the spots fill up quickly.

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