Native Son Tours
Native Son Tours
The very best in New Orleans tours!
Have you ever had a French Creole, native son of New Orleans introduce you to the murky depths of the Crescent City? I am a student of history and folklore, but I also grew up on these stories. My roots reach back to the city’s founding, almost 300 years ago, and there are many historical figures I count among my relations, including: J. Blanc Monroe, Marie Laveau, and famed Storyville photographer E.J. Bellocq. Let me “tell ya’ like I heard it,” then I’ll tell you the facts. I promise an exceptional experience every time!
Small and Personal Experiences
I specialize in small groups and personalized adventures. While the legal size limit on tour groups is twenty-eight people, I usually will cut off at twelve. Why be part of the crowd when instead I can be your new best friend for a few hours? Everyone gets to ask questions, there is more time to expand on particular things should you wish, and no one ‘sits at the back of the class.’ History, folklore, geek culture, pop culture, and an encyclopedic knowledge of the food and entertainment scene are a few of the skills I’m ready to put at your service!
How about an afternoon geared entirely toward your personal interests? Ask about a Custom Adventure! Is architecture your thing? How about the history of “working girls” in the city? Celebrities, cemeteries, crazy rock star stories, you name it! Let me know what you’re looking for and I’ll build it. Want a geek culture/cocktails tours? Easy!
Batchelorette parties, corporate events, birthdays and more can be celebrated in a unique and personalized way when you book with Native Son Tours!
Rates vary according to the experience created. Time blocks of 2, 4, 6, and 8 hours available.
Strange True / Adult History
This tour is rated PG-13 due to language and adult material.
The city was settled by thieves and prostitutes, and that has set the tone for the next 300 years of New Orleans history! From transvestites to Lucky Dogs, we present the most colorful tidbits of New Orleans history. Led Zeppelin’s antics in the Quarter, a history of local prostitution, duels, fire, and religion all feature in this 1 1/2 – 2 hour long tour. Book through Strange True Tours today!
No matter which historic cemetery we visit I have relatives there. My cemetery tours focus on St Louis #2 near the French Quarter and Lafayette #1 in the Garden District. (If you’d like to visit St Louis #1 please arrange it through Two Chicks Walking Tours.) Pirates, historical figures, musicans, and secret societies await when you join me on a visit to New Orleans’ Cities of The Dead.
Tours last 1 1/2 – 2 hrs.
Ghosts and Legends
Supernatural tales about New Orleans are known throughout the globe. The experts on the macabre, Strange True present our Ghosts, Legends & Lore tour! As a distant relative of Marie Laveau (by marraige) I’m natural choice to be your storyteller for the evening, Stories that range from the LaBranche Curse and the notorious Lalaurie Mansion (as seen on American Horror Story), to an undead Creole chess master and more! Take a walk into the nether world of “The Most Haunted City in America”, Book now through Strange True Tours! (No need to request me, I run all of these for the company.)
This is the neighborhood I grew up in, founded in 1832 and the sit of Lafayette Cemetery #1. AHS Coven fans will be delighted to know that Miss Robichaux’s Academy is featured. Anne Rice fans, this is the one for you! The Civil War, celebrity homes and amazing architecture are discussed in a 2 hour tour. Book Through Two Chicks Walking Tours and request Loki.
“People don’t live in New Orleans because it is easy. They live here because they are incapable of living anywhere else in the just same way.” Ian McNulty, A Season of Night: New Orleans Life After Katrina, 2008
“New Orleans food is as delicious as the less criminal forms of sin.” Mark Twain
“Outside the window New Orleans, the vieux carre, brooded in a faintly tarnished languor like an aging yet still beautiful courtesan in a smokefilled room, avid yet weary too of ardent ways.” William Faulkner, Mosquitoes, 1927
“If New Orleans is not fully in the mainstream of culture, neither is it fully in the mainstream of time. Lacking a well-defined present, it lives somewhere between its past and its future, as if uncertain whether to advance or to retreat. Perhaps it is its perpetual ambivalence that is its secret charm. Somewhere between Preservation Hall and the Superdome, between voodoo and cybernetics, New Orleans listens eagerly to the seductive promises of the future but keeps at least one foot firmly planted in its history, and in the end, conforms, like an artist, not to the world but to its own inner being–ever mindful of its personal style.” Tom Robbins, Jitterbug Perfume, 1984