william faulkner spent his early life near oxford mississippi and moved to new orleans in 1925. faulkner was awarded a nobel prize for literature in 1949 and two pulitzer prizes for his novels "a fable" and "reivers". in all william faulkner wrote twenty one novels and scores of short stories many of which were written at this location. today the faulkner house is home to faulkner books and is open to the public. for those interested in american literature this is a must see spot.
New Orleans is an easy place to get married, several people offer elopments. My father does weddings at Pirates Alley. So far he has done over 50 weddings there in 2004 some for people as far away as the United Kingdom. He can be contacted at his Fig Street Weddings web page below.
Legend surrounds this narrow street next to the St. Louis Cathedral in the French Quarter, named after Jean Lafitte and his Baratarian pirates who helped Andrew Jackson defeat the British in 1815 at the Battle of New Orleans.
Today it is mostly reknown for its other historically famous resident, American author and Nobel Laureate, William Faulkner.
Pirate's Alley is a street that has many stories and legends associated with it. It is claimed that it was once a haven for pirates and that it was a place where slaves were sold. Couldn't tell you if either is true, but it does make for good stories.
In the picture on the right is the famous St. Louis Cathedral. On the left, is the Cabildo (the Old Spanish Governor's Mansion), right behind the Cabildo was where the Spanish Dungeon was located. The lamppost demarcates the intersection of Cabildo Alley. The lampost is pretty famous in local artwork.
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