After registering for the 2013 New Orleans Antiques Forum, please join us for any of the three optional events. Call (504) 523-4662 to make your reservations. Online registration is not available for the optional tours.

Please note these optional programs are available only to those who have registered for the 2013 New Orleans Antiques Forum.

Visiting a World Unto Itself: An 1880s French Quarter Walking Tour
Thursday, August 1 • 8:30–10 a.m.

$40 per person*

The French Quarter has charmed generations of visitors. It especially captured people’s imaginations in the 1880s, when the World’s Industrial and Cotton Centennial Exposition of 1884–1885 prompted visiting writers to describe its many quaint attributes, and the national popularity of local writer George Washington Cable introduced readers to stories of Creole life in the French Quarter. Several buildings in the Quarter, including Madame John’s Legacy and ’Tite Poulette’s House, are so named because of their association with Cable’s characters.

This tour begins with an illustrated lecture introducing the French Quarter of the 1880s—when it was regarded as an exotic island within a modern city—followed by a walk highlighting the streets and buildings that would have been seen by visitors at that time. Although the French Quarter has changed dramatically in the last century and a half, many of its sites appear now just as they did then. Comfortable walking shoes and an umbrella are recommended.

 *Parking in the French Quarter is not included.

**A Glimpse of the Exotic
Thursday, August 1 • 8:30 a.m.–6:30 p.m. (approx.)
$120 per person, lunch included*
Buses will depart from the 300 block of Bienville Street promptly at 8:30 a.m. 

Traveling by bus with noted experts Eugene D. Cizek and William M. Hyland, participants will visit Poplar Grove Plantation, an Asian-inspired house in Port Allen. The building was originally the Bankers’ Pavilion at the 1884 World’s Industrial and Cotton Centennial Exposition, which was held in New Orleans at the site of present-day Audubon Park. The trip continues to a Gothic revival church in New Roads, St. Mary of False River Catholic Church, where we will enjoy lunch and a brief talk by historian and author Brian Costello. The tour will then travel to Lakeside, the magnificent plantation in Batchelor now owned by renowned artist Hunt Slonem.

 *Parking in the French Quarter is not included.

**Please note, registration for A Glimpse of the Exotic is now full. To be added to the waiting list, please call (504) 523-4662.

Brunch with the Speakers
Antoine's Restaurant
Sunday, August 4 • 12:30–2 p.m.
$50 per person

After the sessions, join us for one final opportunity to socialize, meet speakers, and dine at one of the city's best-known restaurants. The menu will be posted once it has been determined.


Hor d’oeuvres:
Souffle Potatoes

Shrimp Remoulade

Roasted Chicken with Champagne Sauce and Mushroom, Onion rice

Baked Alaska with Chocolate Sauce

Mimosa (one per person)

Parking: Admission rates for the optional programs listed above do not include parking. For the Thursday bus trip we recommend that you park in Central Parking’s Sugar Lot, accessible from the 300 block of Conti Street (between North Peters Street and the river) and walk to the bus on the Bienville side of the lot.  The fee for parking in this lot is $8 and must be validated to receive the reduced rate

The 2013 New Orleans Antiques Forum is presented by The Historic New Orleans Collection with support from


Additional support was provided by the Louisiana Office of Tourism.