Prostitution is widely recognized as the world’s oldest profession and our “Brothels, bordellos and ladies of the night” tour seeks to give these founding mothers their due. This tour traces prostitution from the colonizing of New Orleans up to the Storyville District (1897 – 1917) and beyond. The two hour tour has pulled from many resources and is continually refreshed as new information is always forthcoming. Christine Miller, our Head Chick in Charge, is the tour’s designer. She’s always investigating new material and attended a book signing and symposium, just this month.
Christine Miller with Last Madam author Christine Wiltz
Christine Miller with The “Baby Dolls” Breaking the Race and Gender Barriers of the New Orleans Mardi Gras Tradition author Dr. Kim Vaz
This tour is two hours with two bar/bathroom breaks and covers a little over a mile in that time.
This tour has been awarded some special accolades including
Top 10 Walking Tours around the World – Forbidden Vancouver – LINK
“One of a Kind Tours” an international list presented by Tourism Tiger LINK
Guests are always interested in the main references quoted and the following list is provided as a courtesy.
Brothels Bordellos and Ladies of the Night Resources
Wiltz, C. (2000) The Last Madam
Vaz, K. (2013) The “Baby Dolls” Breaking the Race and Gender Barriers of the New Orleans Mardi Gras Tradition
Asbury, H. (1936) The French Quarter An Informal History of the New Orleans Underworld
Clinton, C. (1999) Public Women and the Confederacy
Schafer, J. (2009) Brothels, Depravity and Abandoned Women
Rees, S. (2002) The Floating Brothel The Extraordinarily True story of an 18th Century Ship and Its Cargo of Female Convicts
Landau, E. (2013) Spectacular Wickedness Sex, Race and Memory in Storyville, New Orleans
Krist, G. (2014) Empire of Sin
Arceneaux (2017) Guidebooks to Sin, The Blue Books of Storyville New Orleans
“Storyville and Jazz, 1917 an End and a Beginning Symposium held Feb 4, 2017”
There’s even a link for a Spotify Playlist for songs about prostitution. SPOTIFY PLAYLIST – designed to get you in the mood to experience the tour. LINK