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“For the morbidly curious!”

St. Louis Cemetery No. 1
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One Hour Saint Louis Cemetery Number One Walking Tour
Ranked #25 of 352 things to do in New Orleans
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Owner description: Founded in 1789, this cemetery is the oldest in New Orleans and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“For the morbidly curious!”
Reviewed October 17, 2012

First, don't believe all the stuff about it being too dangerous to visit. Yes it is surrounded by the Iberville Project, the site of the once notorious Storyville, which was the red light district. There is a NOLA police substation right across the street and the cemetery is locked up at 3:00pm. Bring your camera and stroll all the nooks and crannies. Who knew that the architect of the Nations Capital was interred there? Homer Plessy of Plessy vs Furgesson fame, the first unsuccessful challenge to segregation is interred there. Madam Laveau the Voodoo priestess is interred there. Marvel at the old crypts whose markers have long since vanished or have eroded into illegibility. There are several french soldiers who served in our war for independence interred there too. Lay an offering at Madam Laveau's crypt, but make sure you do everything it threes. Its hard to miss as is her daughter's tomb. Both are marked with a myriad of three XXXs. Make a wish and turn three times and maybe it will come true. Don't steal from her, like someone did. I left three strands fo beads and the next day two were gone. I hope they reap a world of evil mojo down on their heads! BTW, this cemetery or one of its sisters was the site of more than a few movies, Double Jepardy with the pretty Judd girl comes to mind. Not to be missed. On your way back to the Quarter, stop at the Chevron and get a ice cold 20 oz in a paper bag to allay your thirst on the walk back. Classic NOLA!

Visited October 2012
Thank Hisey
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Chesterfield, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
“Very Educational”
Reviewed October 11, 2012

The St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 was at the top of the list of attractions we wanted to see while in New Orleans. Friends who had been there warned us in advance that the cemetery is in an area where you should not walk alone much less at night. The cemetery has a high wall around it and locked at night because of vandalism of the vaults and visitor robberies. We took the tour and had a very knowledgeable guide. We went to the cemetery for its historical significance. If you did not research the cemetery’s history or did not take the guided tour, then the cemetery visit would have had little or no significance. We learned a lot about the history, culture, and background of the cemetery and the people of New Orleans from our guide. It was well worth the cost of the tour.

Visited October 2012
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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Closes at 3pm”
Reviewed October 11, 2012

I made the mistake of walking all the way up there only to find out it closes at 3pm. I found this very odd since I have never heard of a cemetery closing so early. I was able to peek in but nothing more than that. It would probably be easier to do a ghost or cemetery tour.

Visited October 2012
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St. Louis, MO
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Spooky and interesting”
Reviewed October 7, 2012

I always go to the cemetery number 1 in New Orleans just to visit the grave of Madame LeVeoux the voodoo queen and see all the trinkets left by people. Many of the crypts are new due to the hurricane but many are very old and thought provoking.

Visited October 2012
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DeFuniak Springs, Florida
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“Must go”
Reviewed October 7, 2012

You must go on a tour of the cemetaries, it is amazing. All the history and the beautiful tombs and the different things on the tombs and their meanings. Must see.

Visited September 2012
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