Louisiana Landmarks Society teams up with Save Our Cemeteries for mourning tour


NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) – The Louisiana Landmarks Society is teaming up with Save Our Cemeteries to host their 19th Century Mourning and Burial Customs Fall 2016 Series.

Sounds pretty spooky, huh?

The first official tour kicks off on Friday, October 7th at 1:30pm at the Pitot House at 1440 Moss Street in New Orleans.

The Mourning and Burial Customs Tour will showcase both the historic Pitot House and nearby St. Louis Cemetery No. 3.

“We are excited to once again partner with Save Our Cemeteries to offer this opportunity,” says executive director of the Louisiana Landmarks Society, Carol Gniady. “Visitors will get a comprehensive experience with a visit to St. Louis Cemetery No. 3 and and also see the Pitot House ‘dressed’ for the occasion and featuring an array of authentic items of traditional mourning clothing and mementos,” says Gniady.

The Louisiana Landmarks Society promotes historic preservation though education, advocacy, and operation of the Pitot House.

Save Our Cemeteries is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of the 31 historic cemeteries of New Orleans.

Participants will be accompanied by a trained and licensed tour guide to St. Louis Cemetery No. 3. After a tour highlighting burial customs and the historic figures located in the cemetery, the group will return to the Pitot House for a tour of the home and its collections. The Pitot House will display 19th century mourning attire and other period necro-artifacts and textiles on loan from a private collection through November 18th.

The combined special tour will end at the Pitot House at 3:30pm where light refreshments will be served.

The tour costs $30 per person and will be held every Friday from October 7th through November 18th.

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