Garden District new Orleans

Founded in 1718, New Orleans is a Southern city that is legendary for its food, culture and historic landmarks. One of the most prized neighborhoods in this charming city is the Garden District, which is home to the world-famous restaurant Commander’s Palace, gorgeous antebellum mansions and a centuries-old cemetery.

Located within the borders of St. Charles and Magazine Streets, the Garden District was largely untouched by Hurricane Katrina. This historic neibhorhood came into being between 1840 and 1900. Prior to the Civil War, many plantations of wealthy cotton farmers were built in this section of New Orleans, with some of them as large as 8,000 square feet. Many of the Garden District’s original inhabitants chose to live in this area as a way to separate themselves from the French Creoles.

For those who have not had the pleasure of seeing an antebellum mansion, picture Tara in the classic film “Gone With the Wind.” These mansions often feature wide porches and huge columns, welcoming visitors into the estate for true Southern hospitality.

The gentile families who built these homes were certainly well versed in the art of entertaining. The land of this neighborhood was highly fertile, and they surrounded their stately homes with gorgeous gardens. It is these gardens that led to the area being called the Garden District.

Though times have changed greatly since these mansions were built, they are largely well preserved and stand as magnificent remnants of the old South. The tree-lined streets provide a great and unique place for sightseeing and getting a taste of the South as it once was.

Adding to the fun, you can take a street car there. Another option is to take a guided tour and hear some of the stories of haunted places in the Garden District.

If you are not easily spooked, be sure to visit Lafayette Cemetery, the resting place of many famous New Orleans’ residents. Located on historic property that was once part of a plantation, this cemetery is filled with an eclectic group of people. Many of those who lost their lives in the Civil War are buried here, and they are from both sides.

If visiting a cemetery is not your cup of tea, though, be sure to dine at Commander’s Palace, which is one of the best places to dine in a city famous for its cuisine. Commander’s Palaces features amazing Creole food as well as incredible service.

In conclusion, New Orleans’ Garden District is a must-stop if you are a tourist in New Orleans. It is the perfect place to go to take a break from the high-energy Bourbon Street and step back in history.