(NEW ORLEANS, LA) Louisiana Landmarks Society is proud to announce a new addition to the organization’s programming: Bayou St. John Walking Tours. This is the first and only tour of the Bayou St. John area, created especially for Landmarks Society and led by Pitot House docent Jamie Barker. The tour is a stroll through 300 years of history experienced through the beauty and ambiance of New Orleans’ oldest neighborhood.
Picturesque Bayou St. John was the site of New Orleans’ first European settlement, and French explorers Iberville and Bienville’s first landing in 1699. “The area’s importance to the founding of New Orleans has long been overlooked,” said Landmarks Society president Sandra Stokes. “In this tricentennial year Louisiana Landmarks Society is giving our historic Bayou St. John the attention and appreciation it deserves,” continued Stokes.
The Bayou St. John Walking Tour, led by licensed tour guides, delves into the history of the Bayou St. John area, its architectural gems, Native Americans’ influence, and other important people who once lived here. The tour includes the historic circa 1799 Pitot House museum, a one mile walk around the Bayou St. John neighborhood known as the Faubourg Pontchartrain, and a stop in St. Louis Cemetery No. 3.
Tours are 1 p.m. every Wednesday, starting and ending at the Pitot House Museum, 1440 Moss Street on Bayou St. John. Cost is $30 per person and advance reservations are required. All proceeds benefit Louisiana Landmarks Society, a non-profit 501(c)3 preservation organization whose mission is to promote historic preservation through education, advocacy and operation of the Pitot House Museum.
To book a tour, call Louisiana Landmarks Society at (504) 482-0312 or register online