Garden, Graves & Grub Tour
Date: Sunday, May 21
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This tour will start in the Garden District, or “Lafayette City”, as it once was known, just a short distance from the French Quarter. Excluded from the early 19th Century Creole society, newly arrived Yankees got to work creating their own city. The result is one of New Orleans’ most desired neighborhoods and one of the nation’s most beautifully preserved city districts.
Next we will visit Lafayette Cemetery #1… the 3rd oldest still standing cemetery today. Only in New Orleans, which is unique in so many ways, could cemeteries be major tourist attractions. However, because the city is built on a swamp, the deceased have to be buried above ground here in elaborate stone crypts and mausoleums. Over time the cemeteries, with elaborate sculptures and other decorative artwork embellishing the tombs, have come to come to resemble small villages. They are known by the nickname of “Cities of the Dead.” Explore the famed aboveground tombs of Lafayette Cemetery #1, including the Interview with the Vampire, Double Jeopardy, and Deja Vu film sites.
THIS TOUR WAS CANCELED DUE TO LOW ENROLLMENT.