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The Garden District is a National Historic Landmark district, believed to have the best preserved set of historical mansions in the US. The land was once part of various plantations that were sold off to rich Americans.

The name came from the area?s background, when the houses still had vast and beautiful gardens before it got urbanized and the demand for housing increased. Today, people can enjoy the appealing mix of 19th century mansions and Victorian-style houses.

The Garden District fared quite well during Hurricane Katrina, despite the fact that New Orleans is prone to flooding. This is mainly because the area is slightly more elevated than the rest of the city.

The Garden District is home to the historic George Washington Cable House, LaFayette Cemetery #1, and the McGeehee School campus.
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