Discover the history of New Orleans through its architecture! On this two hour tour you will learn about the oldest African-American neighborhood in the United States, formed in the early 1800s. This residential neighborhood was formed by Free People of Color, Haitian Refugees and other various immigrant groups. We will discover the early beginnings of this area, known as "back of town", as we discuss residential architecture, places of worship, and social and pleasure clubs. Famous for its role in music history, Congo Square/Armstrong Park is included in this tour.
Departing from the meetup point, you'll be given a brief introduction to New Orleans history, and then led into the neighborhood. On this tour you'll learn the difference between Creole Cottages, Townhouses, and Shotgun Houses. Then you'll learn about St. Augustine Church, the oldest African-American Catholic Parish in the United States. In Armstrong Park, you'll learn all about music history in New Orleans stretching back as far as the colonial era through Jazz Music of the early 1900s. Also featured on this tour are some filming locations for HBO's Treme. The tour lasts two hours and you'll walk about a mile.