Little did we know looking at New Orleans today that a mere 180 years ago New Orleans was very famous city. It was a much richer city on the banks of the Mississippi River than it is today. The odd thing is that New Orleans had the largest population of Free blacks in the the nation before becoming a state in 1820. Many of the homes in the Garden District were built in this pre-civil war period.
New Orleans was captured early on in the Civil War and was not burned down like some other Southern Cities. Maybe because General Sherman was the first President of LSU. He was not involved in the capture of New Orleans at that time.
” The population of the city doubled in the 1830s, and by 1840 New Orleans had become the wealthiest and third-most populous city in the nation. It had the largest slave market. Two-thirds of the more than one million slaves brought to the Deep South arrived via the forced migration of the internal slave trade. The money generated by sales of slaves in the Upper South has been estimated at fifteen percent of the value of the staple crop economy.”
” The slaves represented half a billion dollars in property, and an ancillary economy grew up around the trade in slaves – for transportation, housing and clothing, fees, etc., estimated at 13.5 percent of the price per person. All this amounted to tens of billions of dollars during the antebellum period, with New Orleans as a prime beneficiary.” From New Orleans Wikipedia , read the rest of the story.
The great thing about the area is you can spend 1/2 day walking in the area viewing the historic homes and its free. Just do a little homework so you will wander by the correct homes. You can take a streetcar to make the trip even more enjoyable. Guided tours are available for those who do like homework. The Garden District will give you camera a workout. These were just random shots that I took on a Spring like day in Jan. 2009
The area is like a Garden so its good to get the home photos before everything starts growing again.
Garden District Condos- Homes can be expensive in the area- You can however get some great condos in the area where you can get the feel of the area at a much lower cost. The historic condos have been one of the strong points in the New Orleans market. They are hard to duplicate and the nice buys are still rather hard to find. Its an area that is worth checking out if you like the feel.