St. Louis #1 is the oldest active cemetery in New Orleans and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. You must be part of an Archdiocese approved tour group to enter. Most companies run tours twice a day at 10am or 11am and 1pm. It’s popular because it’s the final resting place of the infamous Voodoo Priestess Marie Laveau and also the future tomb of actor Nicholas Cage. Other notable residents of the over 100,000 interred there include: Dutch Morial, New Orleans' first African-American mayor; Homer Plessy, the plaintiff in the landmark civil-rights case Plessy v. Ferguson; and, Benjamin Latrobe, the architect of the U.S. Capitol. It’s conveniently within walking distance from the French Quarter and if you only tour one cemetery while visiting New Orleans, this would be our recommendation.
French Quarter Phantoms Tour of St Louis #1 Cemetery
This cemetery received the remains of most early Creoles. The shallow water table necessitated aboveground burials, with bodies placed in the family tombs you see to this day.
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Address: 425 Basin St, New Orleans, LA 70112, USA
Phone: +1 504-596-3050
Hours: Open (Closes at 4:00pm)