The History of Old Metairie Cemetary

The old Metairie Cemetary has an interesting history, but it is also a monumental Social History Museum of New Orleans and its rich past shows off the great wealth it once had. I think it is the most beautiful cemetary in the United States and rivals many European cemeteries. As you walk around there you will find some of the most beautiful sculpture and varied styles of architecture. It began as a racetrack and home of the exclusive Metairie Jockey Club, and it was the most popular racetrack in the country in the 1830’s. Charles T. Howard was refused membership there, as he was considered to be nouvaue riche, owning the first lottery in Louisiana. Howard got his revenge when the Racetrack found themselves in a economic downturn and he bought them and turned the racetrack into a cemetary, supposedly out of spite or so the story goes. You can still see the oval design of the racetrack
Howard died in a horse back accident and is buried there, His mausoleum has a statue of man with his finger to his lips, as if to say shhhh.

More information on the cemetery is here

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photograph by Susan Grissom
photograph by Susan Grissom

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photograph by Susan Grissom

photograph by Susan Grissom
photograph by Susan Grissom

photograph by Susan Grissom
photograph by Susan Grissom

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