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McFadden Cabin

McFadden Cabin is located in City Park (4 Henry Thomas Dr. , New Orleans, LA 70124) behind the New Orleans Museum of Art and has recently undergone a revitalization project. Girl Scouts worked alongside professional builders and area craftsmen from the Home Builders Association of Greater New Orleans (HBAGNO) and the Women in Building Council this past September, providing the girls the perfect opportunity to meet female builders and learn about their craft and careers.

McFadden Cabin was built in the 1920s by philanthropist William McFadden. who gifted the one-room building to the Girl Scouts on February 14, 1931 as a "Valentine gift." It has been closed to Girl Scout groups in recent years due to structural issues and an aging septic system. The cabin now has new plumbing fixtures, interior walls, front doors and a new paint job!

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 council hopes to reopen it for use in spring 2019.

To earn the fun patches, download the McFadden Cabin and City Park Trail Patch Programs.

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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.

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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.