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Jackson Square New OrleansFRENCH QUARTER HISTORY
French Quarter History consists of over 200 years of characters, chaos, and intrigue. From the Faubourg Marigny and Treme to the Mississippi River any history buff will be fulfulled here. Take a walking history tour or a Haunted New Orleans tour to find out much about the Historic French Quarter. Make sure to educate yourself on the Cabildo and the Spanish Quarter and of course, stop in St. Louis Cathedral in Jackson Square and see the original Louisiana Purchase. While you are here, take a moment to remember the devastation of Katrina. Take a Katrina Education Tour. And then round your trip out with some great jazz music and listen to the greats like Louis Armstrong or some of the new cats like The Marsalis family, Trombone Shorty and Kermit Ruffins to name a few.
French Quarter Garden St Anthony's Garden
Secluded behind the stately towers of St. Louis Cathedral, St. Anthony's™ Garden is a welcome oasis of calm amid the noisy surroundings of the French Quarter
 
Natchez Steam Boat New Orleans is known for the Great Mississippi River and one of the timeless icons of this culture is the riverboat.
The Steamboat Natchez has been rolling up and down this river for well over a hundred years and oh does it have a story to tell.
 
Faughbourgs Marigny Meet the Quarter's Neighbors: Faubourgs Treme and Marigny
The historic Faubourgs sit just beyond the French Quarter like old Parisian quartiers. The story of these "suburbs" is the story of the Creoles both white and African American, and immigrant French, Irish and German Catholics who found a home in these quirky neighborhoods.
 
Vintage Burlesque New Orleans and the Early Roots of Jazz
Jazz historians mark the birth of America's music somewhere between Basin Street and the River.
 
New Orleans Fire & Flood Still We Rise Again
Historian Sally Reeves tells us that devastation by wind, water, fire and disease is nothing new in New Orleans.
 
New Orleans Fire & Flood French Quarter Fire and Flood
Catastrophic fires and devastating hurricanes have scarred and shaped the face of the French Quarter throughout the years. Hurricane Katrina is only our latest installment.
 
New Orleans Second Lines Long Absent Cupola Returns to the Presbytere
A killer hurricane damaged the roof and destroyed the cupola nearly a century ago. Now it will again mirror its historic sibling, the Cabildo.
 
New Orleans Second Lines Block Parties in Motion: The New Orleans Second Line Parade
Bands, dancing, do-rags, umbrellas and high spirits are all part of the tradition.
 
Vintage Burlesque Vintage Bourbon Street Burlesque
During the Golden Age of New Orleans’ most famous street, fifty different burlesque shows went on every night.
 
A Brief History of the French Quarter A Brief History of the French Quarter
New Orleans is rapidly approaching a 300th birthday–we sketch its colorful course through time.
 
Free Peolple of Color Hommes de Couleur Libre
The fabric and history of the French Quarter was shaped by Free Persons of Color as architects, builders, merchants, tailors and craftsmen.
 
Oldest Features of the French Quarter The Oldest Features of the French Quarter
Explore the important landmarks and historic sites of the French Quarter - living history lessons.
 
French or Spanish? Searching for Laffite the Pirate
Cutthroat pirate, patriotic privateer, bourgeois paranoid granddaddy? Will the real Jean Laffite please stand up?
 


Is the French Quarter French? Or Spanish?
The arches and courtyards, the funny-looking “in-between floors,” the iron lace galleries, the café life and cooking ways – whose gifts were they?

Some Like it Hot: Open-Hearth Cooking Demonstrations
Toiling over a hot stove has renewed meaning at the open hearth kitchen of the historic Hermann-Grima House.

Madame Pontalba's Buildings
A mélange of Creole, Parisian and Greek Revival tastes and uses, the Pontalba Buildings at Jackson Square reflect the style and will of one of New Orleans’ most famous developers.

Making Groceries at the Old French Market
For eighteen decades New Orleanians enjoyed making groceries at the Old French Market in the Quarter.

The Courts are Home Again on Royal Street
Elegant 1910 Beaux Arts Palace of Justice Restored in the Heart of the French Quarter.

The Old Cathedral in Jackson Square
St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans has called out to saints and sinners for Centuries. It perseveres through fire, hurricane, war and unending restoration.

Micaela Almonester Pontalba: The Baroness of Extremes
Cruel contradictions and operatic extremes marked the life of New Orleans’ wealthiest woman, Micaela Almonester Pontalba.

Historic Building Styles in the French Quarter
A keen eye and quick list can unveil the salient patterns of French Quarter building types for the architecture enthusiast.

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