New Orleans May 18, 2018
Here Are 7 Of The Most Intriguing Grave Sites In New Orleans
It comes as no surprise that we have some pretty intriguing grave sites here in New Orleans. Due to our location below sea level, we’ve had to bury our dead above ground instead of below. Let’s take a look at some of the most intriguing grave sites in New Orleans.
1. Saint Louis No. 1
The oldest cemetery in New Orleans was built in 1789 and replaced St. Peter Cemetery, which is no longer around. It was intended to be the main burial ground when the city was redesigned after the fire of 1788 which destroyed a huge portion of New Orleans.
2. Marie Laveau Tomb
The Voodoo Queen is generally believed to be buried in this tomb located in St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, but there are some disputes on whether or not this is actually her final resting place. Since 2015, you can only enter the cemetery with a guided tour, but you’ll be able to spot the tomb fairly easily, as it will be the one with the numbers offerings around it, as well as several "X"s marked on the tomb.
3. Nicolas Cage’s Tomb
In 2010, Nicolas Cage purchased two adjoining plots in St. Louis Cemetery no. 1 and built this interesting pyramid for his final resting place. If you take a tour of St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, you can’t miss it—it sticks out like a sore thumb.
4. Odd Fellows Rest
The Odd Fellows Rest was built in 1847 as a final resting place for members of the Grand Lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. These days it’s in a bit of disrepair, and is off limits to the general public. Years ago, however, you used to be able to give a secret password to a nearby store who would then unlock the gate for you to go in.
5. Saint Louis Cemetery No. 2
Built in 1823 and located just a few blocks from St. Louis No. 1, St. Louis No. 2 was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975 and several notable New Orleanians are laid to rest here, including several jazz and blues musicians, like Danny Barker and Ernie K. Doe.
6. Greenwood Cemetery
The cemetery was opened in 1852, and is known for its intriguing monuments and sculptures. You’ve certainly passed by this Elk monument dozens of times.
7. Holt Cemetery
Established in 1879 as a cemetery for the poor, this cemetery stands out from the rest as its one of the few cemeteries with below-ground graves in New Orleans. 635 City Park Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70119.