Visit Pitot House
Open Wednesday – Saturday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., the gorgeous Pitot House on Bayou St. John features the sole Creole colonial country house in Louisiana that’s open to the public. Admission is just $10 or $7 for children or seniors. The house showcases the story of life on the bayou during early settlement days. It’s had a number of owners from nuns to famous local lawyers. However, the most renowned owner was James Pitot, New Orleans’ first mayor in the early 1800s.
During the 1960s, an intense restoration was completed by the Louisiana Landmarks Society. The stucco and brick home with a double-pitched roof is reminiscent of the early 1800s in New Orleans. The home is furnished with suitable antiques ranging over 150 years, and the lawn is available to rent for special events with over 10,000 square feet of space.
A Trip Back in Time
Guided tours are available Wednesday – Saturday, with the last tour starting at 2:30 p.m. You can also schedule an after-hours tour by calling the Pitot House directly. Education is a critical role at Pitot House, offering lecture series with visiting scholars, writers and preservationists. Field trips are available for local children, and Pitot House is always seeking volunteers.
Preserving the history and culture of New Orleans is central to Pitot House. Make sure to plan your visit, and slip away to a less raucous area of the city that never stops partying. You’re sure to be surprised by the treasures that await.