This in-depth, 2-hour walking tour is devoted to to exploring the significant locations in the historic French Quarter that were featured in the popular cult TV series, American Horror Story – Coven. Your experienced and knowledgeable tour guide will explain the historical overlaps between the characters depicted in the show, and the true stories of their real-life namesakes. You will learn about the evil murderer Madame LaLaurie and visit the spot where her body was exhumed. We also visit the site where the ‘Voodoo Queen’ Marie Laveau once lived. In addition to learning the rich history of these real-life characters and visiting important landmarks from the show and their real lives, you will be taken through the St Louis Cemetery #1, where you can visit Marie Laveau and Madame LaLaurie’s tombs, as well as Nick Cage’s pyramid tomb. Come with us on this spine-chilling tour and walk in the footsteps of Fiona, Marie Laveau, Madame LaLaurie and the voodoo witches, among many others.
Gathering at the rear of the Old Louisiana Court of Appeals, you will meet your enthusiastic and wise tour guide. Please make sure you bring a camera, as you will want to capture memories of the many amazing things you will learn about the historic sites and people incorporated into the American Horror Story (Coven) TV show. You will see where they lived and where they socialized, in addition to visiting the locations where significant events happened, both in the show and in real life!
Upon commencing the tour, the guide will provide fascinating facts about how American Horror Story cleverly integrated local legends about witches, voodoo and specific events, such as the burning of the LaLaurie mansion, into the storyline. The guide will explain which characters in the show were actual historical figures in New Orleans.
The first stop after this gruesome introduction will be the site where Madame LaLaurie’s body was exhumed by Fiona Goode (Jessica Lange) and her sinister henchmen.
Then it’s off to the location where Fiona and the young witches, dressed in black, perform the powerful and chilling “witches’ walk”. You will get a chance to take pictures and/or video of yourself walking in the those very same spooky footsteps.
You will stop at several places along the walk and be reminded of some famous lines, such as when Madison says, “Where are we going? My p*@#y is starting to sweat.”. At the end of the walk, you will have the chance to stop at a few places for memorable shots from the witches’ walk.
From there, you will head over to the magnificent historic house featured on the show as a museum where many interior scenes, both past and present, were filmed. Your guide will explain various scenes from the show that were filmed on location at this site.
Leaving this location, you’ll head to the St Louis Cemetery #1, where you will visit three very significant tombs. Firstly, you will see the reputed tomb of voodoo priestess, Marie Laveau (who is said to still haunt the French Quarter). It is said to be the second-most visited tomb in the US. Next, you’ll visit movie actor, Nick Cage’s pyramid tomb and learn why he chose New Orleans St Louis Cemetery #1 for his final resting place. The last stop in the cemetery is the tomb of Madame LaLaurie, the infamous sadistic slave torturer who was run out of the city by enraged local citizens. Despite her infamy, you’ll learn how she came to be buried in this cemetery, after being forced into exile in Paris, France after her crimes were uncovered.
Leaving the cemetery, the next destination is Congo Square, where you’ll learn about its significance in music and the voodoo rituals famously performed there, both in real life and in American Horror Story.
You will then visit the site of Marie Laveau’s former home. In those mysterious walls, you will learn more about Laveau’s life and how those facts were integrated into American Horror Story. You will also learn why Marie Laveau called on Papa Legba, and uncover the truth about some of the legends of Marie Laveau.
Now you will head to the location where two of New Orleans’ most popular Voodoo shops are located. Voodoo is a real religion and you will learn about its history, and how it came from Africa and Haiti to New Orleans. Voodoo and zombies are closely linked and you will definitely learn more about this, along with the origin of zombies in New Orleans. Your guide will fill you in on the specific scenes in American Horror Story that dealt with voodoo, hoodoo, zombies and the origin of voodoo dolls in New Orleans.
Your next stop is the townhouse where the exterior scenes for American Horror Story were filmed, which is also the location for the torture chamber scenes. The tour ends at the LaLaurie Mansion, where you will be told its dreadful history and terrible legacy. Finally, your tour guide will separate truth from movie magic in regards to the house fire depicted in the show.
The tour ends here, and you will be able to take pictures and as much video as you like before heading back to visit the museum and/or other historic buildings.
(The tour does not enter any buildings. You can visit the individual sites after the tour.)
This tour is not sponsored, affiliated or associated with the series, Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation or FX. This is an independent, unofficial tour of public locations. This tour is not sponsored, affiliated, associated nor connected with, licensed or endorsed by, these shows or authors in any way, and does not include access to any official locations.