Palmer Park

A tour through the history of Palmer Park, located in the Carrollton neighborhood at the intersection of South Carrollton and Claiborne avenues. The uptown end of the St. Charles Avenue streetcar line is located across the street from the park.

Hamilton Square: The Original Palmer Park

In 1831, the McCarty Plantation, located upriver from the central hub of New Orleans, was bought by investors including the New Orleans Canal and Banking Company and Senator John Slidell. Two years later the property was subdivided into squares and…

Palmer Park: The Name

Hamilton Square, a public space created in 1833 in what is now the Carrollton neighborhood of New Orleans, was renamed Palmer Park through a city ordinance in July 1902. The name change was spearheaded by Adam Junker, a Carrollton business and civic…

Race and Palmer Park

Though designated for public use, Palmer Park for many years was a segregated space open only to white residents. Naming the park after Benjamin Palmer, a staunch defender of slavery and segregationist, set an early tone of antagonism towards black…

Palmer Park Arch and Early Improvements

Palmer Park, previously full of briar bushes and not much else, underwent some major changes in the early 20th century. In 1910, Carrollton Avenue was dug out by hand and paved; the excess mud was put onto carts and pulled by mules to the park where…

The Julia Montgomery Memorial Oak, Palmer Park

In March 1923, an oak tree was planted in Palmer Park to honor the death of Julia Blocker Montgomery, a nearby resident. The Daughters of the American Revolution dedicated the tree in memory of Montgomery, who often played with children in the park.…

Music in Palmer Park

Music has played an important role in the history of Palmer Park. A band stand was built in 1923 and every summer a series of concerts was held in the park featuring military bands, marching bands, and bands representing diverse groups. The Works…

Political Rallies in Palmer Park

Political rallies were another important part of Palmer Park’s early history. Local political organizations held numerous rallies and speeches in the park in the first half of the 20th century. The 1919 contentious mayoral campaign was notable for…

Recreation and Rowdyism in Early Palmer Park

Palmer Park, despite its status as a public space, has faced much resistance from nearby residents in allowing sports and recreation in the space. An effort to convert the park into a baseball field for the PSAL youth baseball league was defeated in…

Krewe of Carrollton and Palmer Park

In 1947, the Seventh District Carnival Club, originally formed in 1924, returned to parading after a hiatus during World War II. The club changed its name to the Krewe of Carrollton and also changed its Mardi Gras parade route to include Carrollton…

Change and Contention: Palmer Park During the 1970s

The 1970s was a period of contention over the future of Palmer Park as local residents opposed efforts by the city to incorporate the park and convert its use to a playground. Residents, labeling themselves “Concerned Citizens of Carrollton,” ran…

Crime and Decline: Palmer Park During the 1980s

The 1980s saw a notable decline in the park's prestige. Numerous residents wrote letters to the editor in the Times Picayune complaining about litter in the park; one letter was titled “Palmer Park Dump.” The most common complaints were…

The Arts Market, Holidays, and Playground in Palmer Park

The Arts Market, held the last Saturday of every month in Palmer Park, has a become a popular event. The market, sponsored by the non-profit Arts Council of New Orleans and held in Palmer Park since 2007, features over one hundred local artists,…