•Tour begins with a background history of the first residents, the Native Americans, later the Creoles, and in 1803, “Les Ame’ricains.
•Touring the Garden District you will understand the gains and losses of the Americans, the Patrons, who were mostly Northerners.
•We will hear how fortunes were made and loss in cotton trading, importing and exporting, and in other forms of commerce during the Steamboat Era.
•We will also gaze upon and learn about the Greek Revival, Italianate, and Queen Anne architectural styles of these homes dating back to the 1800s.
•We will enjoy the Beautiful flora and learn why this area is called the Garden District.
•Celebrity homes are a must see, including the row of homes called Freret’s Folly.
•Of interest to Civil War enthusiasts, we will visit the home where Jefferson Davis spent his last hours.
•On a different civil note: The last home of Judge John Minor
Wisdom, who was part of “#TheFour”, on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, is one of our stops.
The civil rights case:
#PlessyvFerguson is visited, as that, John Howard Ferguson is interred in the local cemetery.
• Colonel Short’s, Toby’s Corner, the Women’s Opera Guild Home, plus many more homes are part of your Tour Experience with Judy.
•Native guide, who is a Civil War Historian
•Guided walking tour
Tours by Judy is recommended by the New York Times. A two-hour Historical Experience focusing on the history, culture, architecture and of course, those beautiful gardens of the fabulous Garden District, also known as, the City of Lafayette.
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