Garden District

New Orleans was acquired by the United States in 1803 and as you might imagine, there was a good deal of animosity between the French and the Americans. The Americans typically settled upriver of the French Quarter in an area that would come to be known as the Garden District. This area is bounded by Magazine street, Jackson, Louisiana, and St. Charles avenues.

Under the Americans, New Orleans quickly became one of the wealthiest cities in the country and that wealth is on display in the form of opulent gardens and stately mansions of this area. It also has a rather rich literary past. The Brevard house is located at 1239 First street and was once owned by Anne Rice, who utilized its third-floor room as a setting in the Mayfair Witches. George Washington Cable, an author dedicated to the traditions of the city lived at 1313 Eighth street. The home is significant not just because Cable lived there but also for other famous authors that visited him at that location, such a Oscar Wilde and Lafcadio Hearn.

The Garden District is easily accessible by taking the St. Charles streetcar line and then wandering about the tree lined streets at leisure. You can finish the day shopping on Magazine street and dining at one of the numerous restaurants there.


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