New Orleans Real Estate News: Hook and Ladder Cemetery | A bit of Gretna LA History

Hook and Ladder Cemetery | A bit of Gretna LA History

It’s funny what you get used to when you grow up here.  It’s not until we have visitors that I’m reminded not everyone buries their dead above ground.  The vaults in the Hook and Ladder Cemetery take up an entire block, bounded by Newton, Tenth, Eleventh and Lafayette Streets in the City of Gretna

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From the City of Gretna Website:

The Hook and Ladder Cemetery was established around 1859 and contains monuments of interest, including the those of John Ehret, the first mayor of Gretna and Louis Oscar Fried, the first casualty of the skirmish between the United States and Mexico.

Tombs in the cemetery range from very modest to much more ornate sites finished with granite or marble.  Catholic families in the New Orleans area usually spend some time at the cemetery the last week of October, cleaning, repainting and polishing up in preparation of laying fresh flowers on All Saint’s Day (November 1st).  Catholicism is so ingrained in the city’s culture that even non-Catholics follow many of the traditions, so the grounds and vaults usually look their best at that time.

If you decide to visit one of the local cemeteries, please be respectful and remember that this is the final resting place for someone's loved one.


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Comment balloon 17 commentsLisa Heindel • January 06 2010 08:35AM

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Very well done photo.  The picture is framed very well.

Posted by Tim Lorenz, 949 874-2247 (TIM LORENZ - Elite Home Sales Team) about 10 years ago

Lisa, it is amazing how different we do things here in New Orleans.

Posted by Frank Rubi, FrankRubiRealEstate.com (Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC) about 10 years ago

I agree with Tim, this is an impressive photo.  You have skills!  I didn't know you buried above ground but it makes sense.  Natives of your state are very unique in thinking and creative.  I will have to check it out on my next trip.

Posted by Melody Botting, You Deserve The Best (Broker Associate PenFed Realty) about 10 years ago

This is so interesting and so different than the custom here in New York.  Nice picture.

Posted by Miriam Bernstein, CRS about 10 years ago

Tim, thank you!

Frank, I know...and I like it :)

Melody, there are companies that offer tours of the historic cemeteries in the city.  This is just a small, neighborhood site, which I like because it seems more personal.

Miriam, it all started because of the water tables and the fact that most of our area is below sea level.  Also, it was the custom in some areas of France and Spain and was carried over by some of the original settlers in the area.

Posted by Lisa Heindel, New Orleans Real Estate Broker (Crescent City Living LLC) about 10 years ago

Lisa - I think the cemeteries in and around New Orleans are beautiful.  It seems very respectful too.  Great photo.

Posted by Susan Brown (Keller Williams NE, Kingwood Texas (Humble & Atascocita too)) about 10 years ago

Lisa do you remember the public service bus that had on it's destination cemetery?  Can you imagine people waiting in line to get on the bus.

Posted by John Walters, Licensed in Louisiana (Frank Rubi Real Estate) about 10 years ago

Thanks, Susan.

John, I forgot about that?  Yep...can you just see the looks on visitors faces?  That's priceless!!

Posted by Lisa Heindel, New Orleans Real Estate Broker (Crescent City Living LLC) about 10 years ago

Lisa, That's a gorgeous photo...I always thought that was a fun little fact about New Orleans...don't they put a little hole in them to keep them aired out or something? And how did they all do during Katrina???

Posted by Jane Cross (Homes By Cross serving Charlotte NC Real Estate Needs) about 10 years ago

Do you know where they got the name for the cemetary.  I immediately thought of a fire department.  Great photo and background.

Posted by Susan Mangigian, Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches (RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A) about 10 years ago

Cemetaries can be amazing places to study history... 

Posted by Lane Bailey, Realtor & Car Guy (Century 21 Results Realty) about 10 years ago

Jane, that's what they used to do to the ones buried underground - they also would add stones and sand to the caskets to weight them down.

Susan, it's right around the corner from the fire station, and if I remember correctly, initially it was only for firemen....but I could be wrong about that detail.

Posted by Lisa Heindel, New Orleans Real Estate Broker (Crescent City Living LLC) about 10 years ago

Lane, unfortunately the city doesn't have much written history on this particular cemetery.  Some of the more famous ones in New Orleans have a ton of written records.

Posted by Lisa Heindel, New Orleans Real Estate Broker (Crescent City Living LLC) about 10 years ago

Our daughter loves to take pictures of cemeteries.  She would have a great time taking pictures here.  We are low here but I don't know of any cemeteries where the dead are buried above ground.

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) about 10 years ago

Lisa - My dad was doing a little genealogical work and went to a cemetary in MS.  He knew a lot about who was married to whom and even some of who begat whom... 

Posted by Lane Bailey, Realtor & Car Guy (Century 21 Results Realty) about 10 years ago

Lisa, you are *FEATURED* in today's Tuesday Travelogue!

                                               Travellers in the Rain

                                

Posted by Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate, "Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905 (John L Scott Market Center) over 3 years ago

Well, thank you so much :) 

Posted by Lisa Heindel, New Orleans Real Estate Broker (Crescent City Living LLC) over 3 years ago

Participate