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McFadden Cabin

McFadden Cabin is located in City Park behind the New Orleans Museum of Art. Constructed by William McFadden specifically for the Girl Scouts in the 1920's during the Arts and Crafts era, it is a simple, one room structure that has great artistic integrity, including scissors roof trusses, stone work, window shutters, clay tile floors. Tucked under large live oak trees with hanging Spanish moss on the City Park lagoon, the girls are transported in time when the shutters and doors are pushed open. The Cabin includes tables, benches, toilet facilities and a non-working fireplace.

The Cabin was given to the local Girl Scout council on February 14, 1931 as a "Valentine gift" from Mr. McFadden. The 75th anniversary celebration of its dedication, originally scheduled for February 2006, had to be canceled due to Hurricane Katrina recovery. It is currently used by troops, communities, and the council, on a sporadic basis.


Being updated! McFadden Cabin Trail - This two mile trail guides girls through the surrounding area, noting the many beautiful and historic structures. The trail guide points out Enrique Alvarez sculptures, Storyland, bandstand, foot bridges, sundials, etc. A patch is available for purchase upon completion.


City Park Trail - This three mile trail expands on the sites of City Park. The guide is more historical in nature, adding such interests as the 1906 carousel, stadium with art deco sculptures, the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Mall, etc. A patch is available for purchase from the Council Service Center upon completion.