Garden District and Lafayette #1 Cemetery Tour

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Nestled in the heart of New Orleans.

Nestled in the heart of New Orleans, the charming Garden District is one of the most beautiful neighborhoods of the Crescent City. With 19th Century mansions side by side to Victorian homes with the classic “gingerbread” style of architecture, this area is a must see for anyone looking to explore the unique beauty of New Orleans and her history.

Our experienced tour guides will lead you through this amazing collection of some of the best preserved mansion homes in the Southern United States. With National Historic Landmarks and stunning homes used in multiple television shows and successful films. The Garden District is an ideal setting for relaxation, great photography, and making connections with the history and culture of New Orleans. Your tour will conclude at Lafayette cemetery #1, one of the most visited and filmed cemeteries in New Orleans. Lafayette #1 is an excellent example of the unique way we bury our departed and explore their elaborate above ground tombs where many of our past mansion residents now lay at rest.

Tour Details

Garden District and Lafayette #1 Tour

  • Lafayette #1 is closed on municipal holidays and for periodic construction, the tour will still be preformed from outside of the gates when this occurs
  • Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your departure time
  • Tour departs 7 days a week, rain or shine. Please wear comfortable shoes and bring an umbrella
  • Bring a camera
  • Private Tours available upon request by phone
  • No tours on Mardi Gras Day

Start Location

(In front of) Starbucks Coffee Shop
2801 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115
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Start Times

11am and 2pm

Cost

$25 Adults ages 13+
$18 Senior ages 65 + with valid ID
$18 Active Military with valid ID
$18 Student ages 13-17 with valid ID
$14 Child (ages 6-12)
FREE for ages 5 and under

Featured Tour Stops (subject to change)

Briggs Staub House

The Briggs-Staub House broke from Garden District tradition with its sharp arc windows and Gothic Resurgence design when it was constructed for gambler Cuthbert Bulitt in 1849.
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Our Mother of Perpetual Help

Our Mother of Perpetual Help Chapel is located on Prytania Street in the Garden District of New Orleans, Louisiana. The Italianate style mansion was designed by architect Henry Howard in 1857. The house is complete with elaborate metalwork on the fence and galleries, a gaslight on the porch, and Romeo spikes atop the metal columns, which were intended to keep over-eager young suitors out of the house. The Madonna and canopy in the yard used to be a Catholic chapel. The chapel is one of the locations used in Anne Rice’s novel Violin. Rice also owned the property for a period of time, as did actor Nicholas Cage.
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Women’s Opera Guild Home
Founded in 1947, the Women’s Guild promotes and fosters understanding of opera, cooperating with New Orleans Opera through active fundraising, opera advocacy, and custodial care of the Opera Guild Home. With over 350 members, the Women’s Guild ensures that the gift of opera remains an integral part of New Orleans culture.
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Toby’s Corner
Constructed in 1838 for Philadelphia-born wheelwright Thomas Toby, this Greek-Revival house is said to be the oldest in New Orleans’ Garden District. Toby’s Corner, also called the Thomas Toby-Westfeldt House, is located along Prytania Street and was later purchased by Thomas Dugan in 1858 for his daughter whose husband was part of the Westfeldt family.
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Archie and Peyton Manning’s Home

The childhood home of NFL superstars Peyton and Eli Manning, also where Archie still resides with his wife Olivia.
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American Horror Story’s Coven House
Also known as “Miss Robichaux’s Acadamy For Exceptional Young Ladies,” the Buckner Mansion was built in 1856 by cotton magnate Henry S. Buckner. The mansion was built to outdo his ex-business partner’s well-known Stanton Hall mansion in Natchez, Mississippi. The Buckner Mansion has galleries on three sides, an amazing honeysuckle motif cast iron fence and a triple ballroom. The mansion served as a home to the Buckner family until 1923, when the prestigious Soule Business School moved in. Soule was the best business school in the South until it closed doors in 1983. The mansion is now a private residence, available as a vacation rental for the tidy sum of $20,000. According to the show’s Facebook page “Extreme precaution was taken to not damage the 156-year-old mansion.” It’s a popular photo spot in the Garden District though, so join the other fans parked in front for a photo opp.
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The Curious Case of Benjamin Buttons House

2009’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button was extensively filmed in New Orleans and surrounding areas. Much of the filming took place in the Nolan house in New Orleans. Right around the corner from Commander’s Palace restaurant, the 7,800 square-foot mansion has 6 bedrooms, a music room, a library, and a reception hall. Filming took place in virtually every room in the house. Built in 1832 (and renovated substantially in 1872), the house has been the home for three generations of William T. Nolan II’s family. Nolan’s daughter, Ashley, plays a doctor in the movie.
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Musson-Bell House
The Musson-Bell House, an imposing Italianate home in the Garden District, was commissioned in the 1850s by Michel Musson, a prominent cotton broker and the maternal uncle of French Impressionist Edgar Degas. For many years a small reproduction of the painting, “Portrait of Mme. Rene Degas” hung in the home.
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Payne-Strachan House

The Payne-Strachan House located in the Garden District of New Orleans is of Greek Revival design. It is best known as the home that Jefferson Davis, the President of the Confederate States of America died in December of 1889.
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Mayfair Manor

Mayfair Manor was commissioned by Albert Hamilton Brevard and built in 1857 by James Calrow and Charles Pride. The home was later purchased by Anne Rice and became the inspiration for Mayfair Manor, the Garden District home of Anne Rice’s famous Mayfair Witches.
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Sandra Bullock’s House
Oscar winner Sandra Bullock has many homes but here in NOLA she lives part time on Fourth & Coliseum Streets. She still resides in this home with her two children and current boyfriend, Bryan Randall. The home has 5 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms.
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John Goodman’s House
Famed actor John Goodman who’s filmed many movies and TV shows in New Orleans might be walking his dog around the neighborhood. It seems that it’s his love of the city that keeps him here when he’s not working. John Goodman purchased it in February 2005 for $1.8M from Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor.
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Walter Grinnan Robinson House

This 10,516-square-foot mansion was built in 1859 by New Orleans’ most famous architect Henry Howard for Walter Robinson, a cotton merchant from Virginia. It is one of the first houses in New Orleans to have indoor plumbing.
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Lafayette #1 Cemetery
Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 is a historic cemetery in the Garden District neighborhood of New Orleans, Louisiana. Founded in 1833 and still in use today, the cemetery takes its name from its location in what was once the City of Lafayette, a suburb of New Orleans that was annexed by the larger metropolis in 1852. The city’s first planned cemetery, it is notable for the architectural significance of its tombs and mausoleums, often containing multiple family members, and for its layout, a cruciform plan that allowed for funeral processions.
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8am - 10pm

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