David McCullough, American author and historian said, “History is who we are and why we are the way we are.” The past is a treasure to be sought after and honored. The city of New Orleans has a rich history as one of the most unique cities in our country, in large part due to the cross-cultural heritage found here. Founded in 1718 by French colonists, the city eventually became known for its distinct Creole culture. Did you know that there were significant battles during both the War of 1812 and the Civil War over the city? One way to get a feel for the city’s history is by taking a tour of our gorgeous, historic and architectural homes. It’s truly a one-of-a-kind experience as the history of the architecture follows the history of the people. Below we have listed a few historical favorites!
Pitot House – Listed on the National Register of Historic Places this incredible landmark is a 19th century Creole colonial home that was once home to New Orleans Mayor James Pitot. It has been painstakingly restored and boasts many antiques that date from the early 1800s.
Laura Plantation – This home is a top-rated plantation tour on Trip Advisor. Daily tours allow guests to explore the lives of four generations of one Creole family, both free and enslaved. Learn the compelling history of this plantation from when a French naval veteran of the American Revolution, acquired the property in 1804 and the stories it told across the years.
Longue Vue House and Gardens – This is a magnificent estate that is truly worth seeing in person. It is a Classical Revival-style mansion that is surrounded by eight acres of stunningly landscaped gardens. Fountains and flowers of every color light up the network of paths to explore. The home was built by a New Orleans businessman and cotton broker and his wife, an heiress of the Sears department store family. Inside and out, it a home that will take your breath away.
Beauregard-Keyes House – Located in the French Quarter, this historic home was built in 1826 for a wealthy auctioneer. Twin curved staircases, Tuscan patio, brick-walled garden, cast iron fountain, and grand parlor and ballroom are just a few of the exquisite features of this home.
These are just a few, there are so many more we could mention. You will just have to plan a special getaway to NOLA to see for yourself! Book a getaway today through our online reservations – booking direct always ensures the best rates and service!