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Katrina Horning: Our team

Katrina Horning:

Founder of Nola Tours & Our Team Leader

Our team leader Katrina grew up in Connecticut and developed a love of history and culture at a young age. In 2004, she escaped New England’s snowy winters, and headed to the warm subtropical climate of New Orleans.

Katrina graduated Tulane University with a BA in Social Sciences and a minor in Louisiana Studies. She loved studying Louisiana History, Free People of Color, Jazz, Storyville, Louisiana Archaeology, and Historic Preservation. Those courses created in her a love of New Orleans’ architectural treasures. She enthusiastically shares all of those topics with everyone!

Katrina’s other hobbies include reading, knitting, and being a proud member of Krewe De Seuss.

Erika Gates: Our Team

Erika Gates

Erika Gates grew up visiting New Orleans and came back in 2010 to attend graduate school at Tulane University. She has a Bachelors in Architecture and a Masters in Preservation Studies.

Erika brings to our team so much knowledge. She was the building inspector in the French Quarter for four years. She now runs her own consulting firm, Gates Preservation. They specialize in permitting and compliance with city agencies for buildings in historic districts.

Erika and her husband collect and restore vintage objects they exhibit in their Garden District home.

Suzanne Stone

Suzanne Stone

Suzanne is a New Orleanian by choice. She moved here from Washington DC, where she was a docent with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.

Suzanne learned about the unique history of New Orleans through the Friends of the Cabildo. She served as a docent at New Orleans’s WWII museum, Historic New Orleans Collection, and the Sazerac House. All of this provided her with and arsenal of knowledge! Suzanne loves to enchant visitors by explaining the ways New Orleans is unique from everywhere else. She will be the first one to tell you that it’s not only the architecture and cuisine thats unique. It is also the differences in our music, which bubbles up from the streets.

Suzanne specializes in lessor known New Orleans histories. One of her specialties is the women who helped build, and later save, the French Quarter. Another is of the Jews, who have been here since the 1700s and have majorly contributed to the multi-ethnic gumbo of our city. Suzanne is a well loved member of our team.

Favorite New Orleans Building: Madam John’s Legacy

Click here for our Jewish Tour of New Orleans

Guy LaMothe: Our Team

Guy LaMothe

Guy became a New Orleans cheerleader in 1992 upon his arrival to the Crescent City. He brings an unequaled charm and wit to our team which he delights his tour guests with.

Guy earned his Master’s from Harvard Divinity School in 1997. He is a practiced public speaker. Guy seeks to accurately portray the history, culture, and architectural heritage of New Orleans. He does this in ways that build greater understanding, increase civic enthusiasm, and convey current relevance. A perpetual student of New Orleans history, Guy seeks to convert complex concepts into manageable subjects. He aims to infuse dry facts with living context – and a touch of humor. 

Guy is a licensed tour guide who is professional and courteous to all he encounters. He resides with his husband in their restored Faubourg Marigny home.

Favorite New Orleans Building: Rosette Rochon Creole Cottage

Favorite New Orleans quote: “Times are not good here. The city is crumbling into ashes. It has been buried under taxes and frauds and maladministrations so that it has become a study for archaeologists. But it is better to live here in sackcloth and ashes than to own the whole state of Ohio.“Inventing New Orleans – Writings of Lafcadio Hearn

Will Alexander: Our Team

Will Alexander

Will grew up in Charleston, SC and moved to New Orleans in 2014.

He is a preservation consultant and general contractor. Will’s tours in the Garden District connect building science to the rich history and cultural context of these grand homes.

Will is on the board of directors for The Preservation Resource Center. His knowledge and professionalism is unmatched.

He has a fun side too. Will can be spotted riding with the Krewe of the Rolling Elvi as well as marching with Krewe du Vieux during Carnival season. Our team thrives with Will on board.

Carrie Smith

Carrie Smith

Carrie Smith is an interior designer with a masters in historic preservation from Tulane University. She loves telling the stories of New Orleans through its buildings and the people who crafted them.  She is a self proclaimed inveterate global traveler and life-long student. Carrie loves putting into context the complex history of her adopted city—its people, architecture, culture, cocktails, and long-held traditions.  

Carrie is a relatively recent transplant to New Orleans and a welcomed member of our team. She and her husband run Wonk Press, a boutique publishing company focusing on all manner of fascinating and nerdy subjects. They put special emphasis on the cocktail and spirits industry. They live in the Riverbend neighborhood with their boxer dog, Nelson.

DeAnna duPont

DeAnna duPont

DeAnna’s family dates back over 3 centuries in New Orleans. Preservation is extremely important to her. She is heavily involved in elevating the city and state by preserving the past and helping the future. Architecture and Environment are two of her passions.

DeAnna grew up on the stage as a musical theatre performer. She later traded the spotlight for directing, producing, and ultimately, tour guiding.

DeAnna has multi faceted careers. She owns DuPont and Company, LLC. The business promotes tourism, environmental infrastructure, architecture, and mentors tour guides, musicians and performers. She is an Environmentalist for the Water Collaborative where she serves as Water History and Tour Manager. DeAnna is proud to be the Director of Tourism for Louisiana Culture.

DeAnna gives multiple kinds of tours in New Orleans and in New York City. Currently she is Vice President of the Tour Guide Association of Greater New Orleans and is a past President of Save Our Cemeteries. DeAnna holds college degrees is Psychology, Musical Theatre and Business. Iris and Cleopatra are DeAnna’s Carnival Krewes. You can catch a glimpse of her riding in both.

Favorite New Orleans Building: George Washington Cable House

Favorite New Orleans Quote: “She is a New Orleans girl and New Orleans girls never live anywhere else. And even if they do, they always come back. That’s just the way it is. This is where she belongs. End of discussion.” -Chris Rose, The Times-Picayune

Artie Adkinson

Artie Adkinson

Artie Timberlake Adkinson is a sixth- generation New Orleanian with roots in the Strawberry fields near Hungarian Settlement, Louisiana. She has always considered New Orleans her first love. She is thrilled to be able to share that love with locals and tourists alike.

Artie is a member of several organizations. These include, Friends of City Park, Save Our Cemeteries, the Irish Channel Neighborhood Association and the Historic Preservation Society. During Carnival, she performs with the Bearded Oysters Dance Krewe and the New Orleans Irish Society Walking Krewe. She also co-organized “Shamrock Our Blocks Nola” for Saint Patricks Celebrations.

Artie’s background includes teaching, Paralegal, art, and writing. New Orleans history is her favorite subject to research. Artie lives in the Irish Channel with her husband, children, and Pawfessor Wray, her beloved cat.

Favorite New Orleans Quote: “Leaving New Orleans also frightened me considerably. Outside of the city limits the heart of darkness, the true wasteland begins.” – A Confederacy Of Dunces