Crescent City History Tour
Experience America's oldest and most mysterious living city from the perspective of a local with this guided walking tour of the French Quarter. Many secrets lurk in the numerous alleys named after the sinners and saints of the past, and you will almost hear their whispers as you walk along the charming streets. Take pictures in front of the gorgeous architecture of the St. Louis Cathedral on Jackson Square, and inhale the abundant scents of Creole cooking that waft in the air. Perhaps the highlight of the tour, visitors will stop by the intriguing Pharmacy Museum where the gris-gris potions of the voodoo priestesses can be discovered and learned about and see much much more during this entertaining and informative walking tour!
LONG DESCRIPTION / DETAILS
Learn the real history & legends of the Creole people that made up this unique neighborhood! Visit the Ursuline Convent, one of the oldest buildings in the Mississippi Valley. You’ll also visit New Orleans Pharmacy Museum that was constructed in 1823 for the first licensed pharmacist in the United States. The newly renovated courtyard contains an herb garden that illustrates the traditional uses of plants for medicinal purposes. Live leeches, leech jars, “blood-letting” devices, “gris-gris” potions used by Voodoo practitioners & rare patent medicines are just a few of the displays. Hear the history of the pharmacy museum that you would not learn anywhere else!
Next, stop by The Cabildo - one of the most historically significant buildings in America.Throughout the building there's more than 1,000 artifacts and original works of art, including “The Battle of New Orleans,” Eugene Louis Lami’s huge 1839 painting that shows intricate details of the final and most decisive battle of the War of 1812. There are also portraits of famous Louisiana figures, exquisite engravings of nature artist John James Audubon, and many interactive displays, all of which tell the story of Louisiana and its place in American history.
Of course this tour would not be complete without a stop at The St. Louis Cathedral. The cathedral is among the tallest and most imposing structures in the French Quarter, and one of the most recognizable. It is one of the cultural and architectural treasures of the French Quarter and no trip to New Orleans is complete without a visit to St. Louis Cathedral.
Next, see The Old Ursuline Convent, one of the oldest buildings in the Mississippi River Valley. The main lodge is filled with dozens of oil paintings of past archbishops, bishops, religious statues and bronze busts. Behind the main building, there is a peaceful walled courtyard. Here the visitor finds statues that pay homage to founding Ursuline Sister. Guests will hear the famous story of the casket girls while here.
Visit the Historic Jackson Square, originally known in the 18th century as "Place d'Armes," and later renamed in honor of the Battle of New Orleans hero Andrew Jackson, is a timeless attraction in the heart of the French Quarter of New Orleans. This famous landmark facing the Mississippi River is surrounded by historic buildings, including the St. Louis Cathedral, the Presbytere and Cabildo. Guests will get the complete history of Jackson Square!
Guests enjoy the beautiful, Beauregard-Keyes House that was built in 1826 for wealthy auctioneer Joseph LeCarpentier, and is a fine example of a raised center hall house. Guests will learn about many other legends in New Orleans history that have been passed down for generations. New Orleans ghost and vampire stories will also be shared during this entertaining tour. Real paranormal equipment will be used.
DEPARTURE TIME: TOUR DEPARTS AT 7:00 PM
Tour meets and departs on the sidewalk in front of the American Sports Saloon located at 1200 Decatur Street New Orleans LA 70116
Is my registration/ticket transferrable?
No tickets are not transferrable.
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- Admission ticket
- Local guide
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- Small-group tour
Gratuities (recommended) Drink prices are not included in the price of the tour ticket. Drinks can be bought by guests at the bars that are passed by on the tour route.