Tuesday, August 7, 2018

NOLA: A Walk Around the Garden District

One of our favorite things about our trip to New Orleans was aimlessly wandering around the Garden District. This district is a beautiful neighborhood of extravagant, historic, homes. While named the garden district, the primary stand out in the area is the Victorian architecture. The area was developed between 1832 - 1900, and much of the homes have been preserved since that time. We stayed within this district, right around the corner from the beautiful Lafayette Cemetery No. 1. 

New Orleans is known for it's rich and haunted history, and this area is no exception.  There are tons of famous and infamous homes within this region (including the one we stayed in, which is rumored to be haunted!). The area was once a smaller neighborhood of plantations, but has since expanded into a closer-knit community of mansions. The Garden District was formed by wealthy (white) locals that wanted to live further from the French Quarter - an area primarily populated by Creole people. The origins of this neighborhood are therefore steeped in xenophobia and slavery, a very dark chapter in American history, despite the beautiful facades.

Pictured below is the Buckner Mansion, which was featured in American Horror Story: Coven.

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  1. Wow these are some exquisite houses!

  2. Wow, I love Victorian architecture, these houses are gorgeous!