Storyland: Storyville. Two New Orleans Traditions.


We here at A Pleasant House, have many visitors.



Some are actual 3-D flesh and blood humans that come for a visit.


Most have an idea about what they want to see and do.


Some need a little inspiration.


Others could make some BIG mistakes if it weren’t for our my guidance.



Case In Point:



 “I want to see Storyville!”


“Storyville? Are you sure?”


“Yea. I hear it’s charming and so much fun!”


“Maybe if you were a sailor in 1900.”


“Oh Cheryl. You’re so funny. I love to sail.”



“A SAILOR. In 1900. Not S-a-i-l-i-n-g.”


“The kid’s will love it.”


“The kid’s? Maybe the husband, but the kid’s probably shouldn’t know about Storyville.”


“But I’ve heard about the great rides?”


“I’m not sure how to respond to that.”


“Let’s go. Kids…..”


“I better drive.”



Storyville– (1897-1917) New Orleans’ historic Red Light district encompassing a 38 block area and many great rides (if ‘ya know what I mean). The price of admission was every STD you can imagine. In 1897, the City of New Orleans, spearheaded by City Councilman Sidney Story, found a ‘loophole’ around the legalization of prostitution by not so much ‘legalizing’ it, but by stating that in this specific area it just wasn’t illegal. When it was discovered that 80% of the fleet stationed here during WWI was frothing from every orafice, the area and it’s business’, were deemed a national security threat, and closed down.


Probably not suitable for children.



On the other hand…


Storyland– ( 1950-present day) New Orleans historic Children’s Park built by master Mardi Gras float builders featuring dozens of Mother Goose display’s and over 21 mechanical rides.



Probably what she meant.





  • Angel The Alien - Hmm, yeah, I can see how the names Storyville and Storyland can be confused! I wonder if that happens to a lot of people? For instance maybe they’re lost, and they stop and ask, “Can you give us directions to Storyville?” and people look at them like they’re crazy.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - People still think Storyville exists. It doesn’t. It’s not Las Vegas- close, but no cigar.ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - Whoa, now THAT’s confusion worthy of a blog post! I knew about ‘ville but not ‘land.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Confusion to the tenth power and it happens all of the time.ReplyCancel

  • Lana - So funny! Storyland looks like fun. Storyville?…well, depends on the circumstances I guess 🙂ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - But Storyland has a toy boat for any sailor that gets confused. HheheheeeeeeReplyCancel

  • Lisa Carpenter - Good to know! I hope to one day visit New Orleans. And Storyville (w/o grandkids), Storyland (w/grandkids) and YOU… with time for a drink or two or three (w/o kids… w/hubby). Cheers and thanks for the travel tip!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - That would be fabu Lisa! If you’re ever down my way you better give me a call. There are so many things to do/see!ReplyCancel

  • Eve Gaal - Hilarious. I tweeted it. This sounds like great information for a novel set in Nawlins. I’ve been there several times and the highlights for me include the Garden District, Cable Cars, St. Louis Cathedral, The Court of Two Sisters and Cafe du Monde. AND JAZZ! (Pete Fountain, etc.) So old school and predictable. Of course, I also like to walk across the street to the Mississippi and last time I discovered the casino which upset my husband so much I thought he’d have a fit and throw me down the river.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - All of your choices are must-do’s’- including Harrah’s. (ps: I live in the Garden District).ReplyCancel

  • Roshni - ahahahahhah!!! I see how one could get confused!! “The rides”!!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Well, since Storyville doesn’t exist anymore I don’t see how anyone could GET confused and yet people still ask where Storyville is!????ReplyCancel

  • Cary - Oh my gah. I hope they keep those rides sanitized. No telling what diseases are lying dormant in that soil.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Hahahaa. Thankfully the amusement park is not on the former Madame’s hallowed ground. Treme has that pleasure.ReplyCancel

  • Rena McDaniel - I was waiting on that one because of a blog post I did a couple of months ago about things that used to be legal. This is where I found out that it was called Storyville. I visited there last July New Orleans not Storyville much to my hubby’s disappointment. Can’t say it’s a place I would like to visit again, not on my much loved places although parts of it were beautiful.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Next time you visit give me a jingle- I’ll show you all the beauty.ReplyCancel

  • Vashti Q - Ah, ha,ha,ha,ha! ReplyCancel

  • Gary Sidley - I can see how it might be problematic to confuse the two.ReplyCancel

  • Katy Bug - It seems unwise to name an amusement park something so similar to Storyville. Don’t these people know their prostitution related history? Sigh.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - It really does seem stupid. Then again- it’s New Orleans where not much makes sense. Hahaaa Thanks for stopping by Katy.ReplyCancel

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