New Orleans July 12, 2019
The Hauntingly Beautiful Cemetery Trail Every New Orleanian Needs To Take
New Orleans cemeteries are certainly one of a kind. It may seem strange to carve out time in your day to visit a cemetery, but our above-ground solution to burying the dead has attracted countless tourists from all over the world. Every New Orleanian should take this hauntingly beautiful cemetery trail at least once.
1. St. Louis Cemetery No. 1
St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 opened in 1789 and is the oldest cemetery in New Orleans. You can only visit the cemetery with a proper tour guide, but it’s worth it to see the final resting places of notable New Orleanians like Homer Plessy, Etienne de Bore, and the Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau. Learn more about one of New Orleans’ most famous cemeteries
Address: 425 Basin Street, New Orleans, LA 70112
2. Metairie Cemetery
Even though it’s called Metairie Cemetery, this confusing cemetery is actually in New Orleans over on Pontchartrain Boulevard. Built in 1872, Metairie Cemetery has the largest collection of marble tombs in the city. From Tom Benson to Al Copeland, there are many notable New Orleanians buried here. Learn more
Address: 5100 Pontchartrain Boulevard, New Orleans, LA 70124
3. Greenwood Cemetery
You’ve driven past it a million times, but have you ever explored Greenwood Cemetery? This iconic cemetery in the Navarre neighborhood is known for its impressive monuments and sculptures.
Address: 5190 Canal Boulevard, New Orleans, LA 70124
4. Odd Fellow’s Rest
Nestled on the corner of Canal and City Park Avenue, Odd Fellow’s Rest dates back to 1847 and was initially created to bury members of the Grand Lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Sadly, the cemetery is closed to the public so you won’t be able to go inside, but you can get a good view of the cemetery from the gate.
Address: 5550 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70119
5. Gates of Prayer
Originally named Tememe Derech, this hauntingly beautiful cemetery was renamed Gated of Prayer in 1939. Established in 1858, one unique aspect of this Mid-City cemetery is that it has both above and below-ground graves.
Address: 4824 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70124
6. St. Roch Cemetery
Located in the St. Roch neighborhood, this hidden cemetery was founded by Reverend P.L. Thevis in 1874. Within the cemetery is a quaint little chapel with offering left by those looking for healing. St. Roch Cemetery may be one of the least visited cemeteries when compared to some of the others, but it’s certainly worth your while. Learn more
Address: 1725 Saint Roch Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70117
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