Learn about the women who shaped New Orleans's architectural and cultural history on this three hour walking tour. Explore 1 1/2 miles of the famous French Quarter while a local, expert guide details the amazing stories of the influential women who preserved, advocated for, and fought for the modern city of today.
New Orleans is easily one of the most unique and diverse cities in the world. Famously blending a past full of Spanish, French, and West African cultures with pre-civil war antebellum plantation homes, modern development and the scars of a recent natural disaster, the city offers a depth of complexity in its architecture, cuisine, and people. Understanding how the city came to be and how all these seemingly disparate elements form a cohesive whole takes time, patience, and a talented guide. This tour seeks to explore the city through a lens less commonly peered through but equally important to the development of the modern city: the influential women whose hard work, dedication, and foresight led to the creation of a protected and preserved historic French Quarter.The tour moves through the famous neighborhood visiting historic sites where ordinary women accomplished extraordinary things. We explore the lives and works of Micaela Pontalba, Martha Robinson, Elizabeth Werlein, Sr. Frances Xavier, Sr. Marie Hacard, Henritte Delille and Marie Laveau among others and put their accomplishments into historical context in the City of New Orleans. Some groups choose to visit an urban plantation or townhouse within the French Quarter as part of the tour to see how some of these women lived. (Admission fees (ranging from $6-10 per person) are extra.) For tours that include "embedded" tours, starting hours are dependent upon hours of operation at each museum.)