Learn about the origins of New Orleans in our oldest neighborhood
The French Quarter serves as the center of New Orleans’ rich culture and history, with its boundaries defining he original city, founded in 1718. This tour delves into the origins of New Orleans as the colonial capital of French Louisiana. Initially the vision of famed French Explorer Jean Batiste Le Moyne, Sieur de Bienville, the French Quarter was soon home to prisoners and prostitutes from Paris, enslaved Africans from across West Africa, European aristocrats, pirates, Jesuits, Ursulines, and more. This diverse demographic established the Louisiana Creole culture we still celebrate today
This two-hour walking tour, led by a highly trained historian tour guide, is an essential introduction to our city’s incredible history. But that’s not all. It also includes a tour of St. Louis Cemetery #1, our oldest above ground cemetery, dating back to 1789. Learn about creepy crypts, some crumbling but others still displaying polished stone etched with the names of some of our most famous citizens including Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau, black activist Homer Plessy, and French Creole nobleman Bernard de Marigny.