7 Great Things to See in Gretna Louisiana

View of New Orleans from Gretna

If you’ve ever watched a movie set in the city of New Orleans and marveled at the beautiful shot of the city across the water that view is from Gretna, Louisiana. The next time you visit New Orleans, head across the river to Gretna not only for that beautiful view but for everything else historic Gretna has to offer. These are only a few of the fantastic things I saw during my very short visit as a guest of the Jefferson Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Shotgun Home Gretna LA

1.) Shotgun Houses

For a northerner like me, stepping into the historic districts of Gretna definitely feels like entering another time and place. The City is serious about both maintaining its historic buildings and ensuring that newer structures fit into their surroundings. One of the most common types of home is the Shotgun House, a narrow rectangular home, usually no more than about 12 feet wide, with all the rooms arranged in a row one after each other and doors on the front and back of the house.

 
2.) Vintage Businesses

While I think it’s cool to see businesses look like their straight out of a 1950s movie, it’s even more so when they are fully functioning current businesses. Neeb’s Hardware, established in 1917, is one of the oldest continuously operating business in the city of Gretna. While it has been updated with some modern conveniences, it still remains close to what it was in the early days.

 
3.) Gretna City Hall

History isn’t just in the homes and businesses of the area, but in the public buildings as well. One of the most remarkable is Gretna City Hall. The Renaissance and Baroque style building dates back to 1907. Much of the building, including the courtroom on the upper level, has been going through recent updates to restore it to its former glory.

 
4.) David Crockett Fire Co.

The David Crockett Fire Co., established in 1841, is the oldest continuously active volunteer fire department in the nation. The company’s 1859 firehouse now houses the Louisiana Fire Museum, displaying artifacts from around the state and an 1876 steam fire pumper that was pulled by men.

Gretna Green Blacksmith Shop LA

5.) Kittie Strehle House and Gretna Green Blacksmith Shop

The Kittie Strehle House is a creole cottage built in the mid 1800s by Claudius Strehle and his wife Catherina. The Gretna Historical Society has renovated it and furnished it to reflect the historical style of the 19th century. Behind the house is the Gretna Green Blacksmith Shop which commemorates all the blacksmith shops that were active in the area in the 1800s.

Gretna German-American Cultural Center and Museum

6.) German-American Cultural Center and Museum

I may be a little biased about how much I like this stop since my ancestors are German, but it is key to Gretna’s history as the area was settled by German immigrants in the mid-1880s. It features exhibits interpreting their contribution to Luisiana history and offers many educational activities and special events. Don’t miss the murals on the outside of the building!

 
7.) St. Joseph Church

St. Joseph Church, on the National Register of Historic Places, was built in 1927 in a Spanish Baroque style. It is actually the third church on this site as the parish originally dates back to 1857. It’s a beautiful building inside and out.

Are you ready to visit Gretna now? I’m ready to go back!

7 Great Things to See In Gretna LA

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Comments

  1. I want to see EVERYTHING in Gretna! I love the unique look of almost all towns in Louisiana. It’s truly a gorgeous state.

  2. Looks like there is a lot of cool stuff to see in Gretna. I like looking at old school shops and businesses.

  3. I have never been to Louisiana before, but I would love to go. There seems to be so much to do in Gretna.

  4. sixtimemom@gmail.com' Jeanine says:

    It looks amazing. I’ve never been to anywhere in Louisiana before but I think its looks like a great place, especially Gretna!

  5. It would be so cool seeing some of those old businesses! I’d love to see the shotgun houses too and the museum would be a must-see!

  6. annb10@rogers.com' Ann Bacciaglia says:

    I would love to go explore. These look like great places to check out. I have always wanted to go to Louisiana.

  7. Looks like a great place to take a camera and have a photo walk.

  8. Ah I need to see Gretna. I did a road trip many years ago with my bff a long time ago but just saw New Orleans which was great. Next time I’ll have to check Gretna out, it looks so charming!

  9. I want to visit so badly! I would love to see the old architecture.

  10. kristin@ourordinarylife.com' kristin says:

    I have never been but this is one place I would love to go visit! That kind of history is something I just want to see for myself.

  11. Beautiful city. If I ever get down there to visit New Orleans I’ll stop in here.

  12. dearrhannahh@aol.com' Hannah C says:

    It looks like a very beautiful place!

  13. Looks like so much fun! I have only been to Louisiana twice, and then it was for weddings so I didn’t have tons of time to explore. I need to get myself to Gretna.

  14. cshell090869@aol.com' shelly peterson says:

    What a great place to visit! The buildings are beautiful! I would love to visit there.

  15. jewelwood55@gmail.com' Julie Wood says:

    Gretna is a beautiful place to visit and see the wonderful sites. I really like the Hardware store. So cool. Maybe someday I can visit this quaint town!

  16. These are all great things to see in Gretna, Louisiana. I will have to stop in to travel there sometime. Looks very inviting for sure with so much to see.

  17. It really does look like a place I’d love to go visit. I do have plans to go to Lousiana eventually, I’d love to see Gretna.

  18. Wow, both the places and the shots themselves are fabulous and magnificent! I can attest to the fact that Gretna certainly holds a lot of rich historical places, I’ve bee there but unfortunately it was just a quick stay.

  19. Thanks for the great list. I would love to go check out the “vintage” businesses. I love businesses that have been around for years. They sort of take you back in time.

  20. nikki.cochingco@gmail.com' Nikki Wayne says:

    Gretna Louisiana looks like a very amazing place. I like to have a vacation there.

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