New Orleans in Orleans Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
Margaret's Place and Walk / Lower Garden District
Margaretís Place and Walk
Margaretís Place and Walk honors Irish Immigrant Margaret Gaffney Haughery (1813-1882), who devoted her life to orphaned children and the needy. An orphan herself, Margaret lost her husband and baby to illness. Although illiterate, Margaret established a dairy and a bakery and became quite wealthy. Her wealth funded seven orphanages which she established with her friend, Sister Regis and the Daughters of Charity. The names of the orphanages are shown in the pavement leading to her statue, sculpted by Alexander Doyle of New York in 1884. The funds for the statue were raised by public subscription after Margaretís death. The statue was located within sight of the New Orleans Female Orphan Asylum (demolished 1965) and the Louise Day Nursery, which she helped to found.
Lower Garden District
Margaretís Place leads the visitor into the Lower Garden District, now a National Historic District. In 1806-1807, city surveyor Barthelemy Lafon laid out the neighborhood upon the lands of the Delord-Sarpy plantation and the boundaries of the faubourgs LaCourse and Annunciation. Lafonís classical plan featured a series of parks with basins, fountains and tree-lined streets, some of which bear the names of the nine Muses of Greek mythology.
Location. 29° 56.442′ N, 90° 4.33′ W. Marker is in New Orleans, Louisiana, in Orleans Parish. Marker is at the intersection of Prytania Street and Clio St., on the left when traveling south on Prytania Street. Click for map. The marker and the statue it describes sit in a small park next to the Ponchartrain Expressway. The park is bounded by Prytania Street, Clio Street, Margaret Place and Coliseum Street and Camp Street. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1133 Prytania Street, New Orleans LA 70130, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Robert E. Lee (approx. 0.2 miles away); 8 in. Columbaid Cannon (approx. 0.2 miles away); St. Charles Line (approx. 0.2 miles away); Starting Point of the First Traditional New Orleans Mardi Gras Parade (approx. 0.4 miles away); The 747 (approx. 0.4 miles away); St. Patrick's Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); St. Patrick's (approx. 0.4 miles away); Saint Patrick's Church (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in New Orleans.
More about this marker. The marker sits at the foot of a short walk that leads up to the front of the statue.
Also see . . .
1. The Birthplace of Margaret Haughery, of New Orleans. (Submitted on December 2, 2010, by Jamie Abel of Westerville, Ohio.)
2. Margaret Gardens Inn - History. Adjacent hotel provides some expanded history about Margaret, the orphanages and the hotel. (Submitted on December 2, 2010, by Jamie Abel of Westerville, Ohio.)
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Jamie Abel of Westerville, Ohio. This page has been viewed 993 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Jamie Abel of Westerville, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.