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A self-guided tour of Lafayette Cemetery #1

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***IMPORTANT: The City of New Orleans has closed the cemetery for extensive repairs as of September 09, 2019. There is no projected re-opening date. This article should be used as reference only until the cemetery re-opens. Libby   We visit Lafayette Cemetery #1 twice daily as part of our Garden District tour, but if you…

A Little New Orleans Coffee History

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Suzanne Stone, creator of our Fascinatin’ Women of New Orleans Tour, has compiled for us a little information about New Orleans’ coffee history. Her research was inspired by the Lonsdale mansion, which we visit daily on our Garden District walking tour. Henry Londsale and Rose Nicaud – The Coffee Connection Henry Lonsdale, born in Brooklyn…

The Sugar Kettles of New Orleans

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David Feldman, creator of Lucky Bean Tours’ JFK/Oswald Conspiracy Theory tour, shares his endless fascination with all aspects of Louisiana culture and the history of New Orleans in his examination of the ubiquitous sugar kettles, seen all over Louisiana.  There are at least three sugar kettles on Lucky Bean’s Garden District tour, and three on…

The Secret Garden Tombs in Lafayette Cemetery #1

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In the Uptown Riverside corner of Lafayette Cemetery #1 in the Garden District of New Orleans, there is a sort of “VIP Section” of four almost-identical tombs that Save Our Cemeteries calls “The Secret Garden.” According to SOC, the tombs were built for childhood friends who formed a secret club called “The Quarto” and wished to…