Do you have a passion for history? Are you interested in exploring New Orleans and truly immerse yourself in it. Then taking a tour in the historic St Louis Cemetery aka the “City of the Dead” as Mark Twain referred to it, will offer you a unique and unforgettable experience.
The city of New Orleans is not only known for its singular live-music scene and night-life but is also a true melting pot of French, American and African cultures. It has amassed centuries of history which makes it a truly fascinating attraction for travelers with an interest to explore the past.
One of the best ways to soak up the history of New Orleans is to join a walking tour of the St Louis Cemetery. Unlike many of the mainstream excursions that only skim on the surface of how the city became what it is today, a trip between the tombs and mausoleums of St Louis Cemetery, accompanied by a licensed tour guide, will not leave you disappointed.
The St Louis cemetery has attracted visitors for some time now and not only for the right reasons. There has been many cases of vandalism reported in recent years; people marking the graves or defacing them like in the case of one of the most popular attractions – the burial site of 19th century Voodoo priestess Marie Laveau. As a result access to the cemetery will be restricted only to tourists lead by a guide licensed by the Archdiocese of New Orleans and to relatives of the deceased. This policy will hopefully prevent further damage to the mausoleums and tombs and help preserve for the next generations what is a fascinating and rich testimony to the history and culture of New Orleans.
David G. Hedges, the man behind Nola Tour Guy is originally from Chicago but considers New Orleans his true home. He is the only one of the operators who holds an official license from the Archdiocese to offer a free walking tour of St Louis cemetery. Another major free walking tour company (based in New Jersey) promises a free walking tour of this cemetery but forces you to pay upfront. David’s passion for history, the city and his dedication to offer a truly unique experience to each one of his customers makes him the perfect companion for exploring New Orleans. The tours offered by Nola Tour Guy will not lure you with the promises to go “ghost” or “vampire” hunting. David doesn’t aim at the sensational or giving you some cheap thrills. Here’s a truly dedicated and passionate person who wants to show you the many reasons why New Orleans is such an intriguing and delightful place, you will be able to see history unfold in front of your eyes as you walk through the labyrinth of tombs in St Louis No.1 Cemetery.
The tours are free to join, and a gratuity at the end of the tour is at your discretion. Nola Tour Guy is billed on a monthly basis the amount of $1 per visitor, which is used towards maintaining the cemetery and its grounds. Free walking tours are a great way for tourists to get acquainted with local history and a great way to support the maintenance of the oldest cemetery in New Orleans. Mentioned in a recent article in Fromers, along with the LA times and the Guardian, the Nola Tour Guy is a someone you should consider if you want to immerse yourself in the true history of the great city of New Orleans. Book your free tour today!If you like this article, please share it!