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   Garden District Walking Tour


In 1832, four investors, led by Samuel J. Peters of Toronto, bought the Livaudais sugar plantation with the intention of building a city for American entrepreneurs streaming into New Orleans. The land was the highest ground in the area.

The founders named their town for the hero of the American Revolution, the Marquis de Lafayette. Lafayette was so loved by the American people that after the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, President Thomas Jefferson asked him to take the governorship of the new Louisiana territory. He refused citing his concern for France under the rule of Napoleon.

The Garden District was an enclave of American capitalists. New Orleans was booming and the opportunity to make a fortune was a powerful lure. These newcomers built homes that were a testament to their enterprise and business acumen.

The Garden District has the largest collection of antebellum homes in the United States. Your tour will include a house formerly owned by Ann Rice, and more recently by Nicholas Cage. You will also see the house that starred in Brad Pitt's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Just a few steps away is Sandra Bullock's impressive mansion.

    Frequently Asked Questions

1. How did it happen to be called the Garden District?
The new residents of the city of Lafayette brought in fill for their lots. They wanted to elevate the houses to protect against flooding. The fill was perfect for growing everything from vegetables and fruits to flowers and trees. From the beginning it became known as the Garden District.

2. Will we be able to go into any of these houses?
No, these are family homes, not museums. There is only one museum house in the Garden District.

3. How much does a house sell for here?
As with any house, it depends on the size and condition. The majority of the houses sell for seven figures.

No doubt you will have other questions as you tour the area. That's a very good reason to take a guided tour of the Garden District!

   Tour Details

Enjoy this neighborhood with our friendly guides. Please note that the Garden District Walking Tour includes a tour of Lafayette Cemetery #1.

We welcome volunteer and/or student groups with generous discounts. We also offer a discount for any group of ten or more traveling together.

If you have any questions, or if you're ready to reserve your tour, don't hestitate to contact us at 504-914-2039 or