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My name is Glen Henley.  I am the owner/operator of Henley’s Private Tours and I personally conduct most of these private tours myself.

I have been a tour guide since October 2012 and started "Henley’s Private Tours" in November 2016.

I don’t usually discuss my qualifications, I prefer that my guest's reviews, do my talking for me.  So, if you’re reading this, you have probably already read some of my reviews.  I have hundreds reviews on websites such as, TripAdvisor, Viator, Google, Yelp and others.

So, with that said here is my Bio:

I served in the United States Air Force for 4 years, right out of high school. After that, I started a career in sales. In most of my career I called on business owners and managers selling software solutions for their businesses.  In 2005, 6 weeks after Katrina, I was laid off from a nationally known software vendor.  As, a result, with very few choices back then, I found a job selling insurance. I loved the company, but was not suited to selling insurance, especially life insurance, so I applied for a position with large tour company and was given a chance in the tour business. I had done thousands of presentations in my career, so this was a great fit for me. After 4 years of working for multiple tour companies, I started my own private tour business, Henley's Private Tours, in 2016.  

 

Although I was not born in New Orleans, I’ve lived in the area since 1975. I spent much of my informative years in the wetlands, (swamps and marshes) of Louisiana and I have been an avid fisherman most of my life.

 

Am I a native? Yes, I am a native of Southeast Louisiana and have both French and English heritages. My great grandmother spoke Cajun French and broken English. 

I have spent countless hours reading dozens of books and articles on various subjects about New Orleans and Louisiana. I love to share stories and subjects about the first explorers, the Mississippi river, the past and present history, the cemeteries, the architecture, the legendary citizens, many of the famous landmarks, our wetlands, the flood control systems, the plantation life, the neighborhoods, and stories about the food (the po-boy story is unusual), the music, the nationalities and languages, (French, Spanish, English, German, Italian, Irish, Croatian, etc.), the origins of the people, the buildings, and the religions here. We also talk about the Creole and Cajun cultures and such topics as, our ports, the Battle of New Orleans, the Civil War here, the National World War 2 museum, Hurricane Katrina, Free people of color, Mardi Gras, Jazz, unique food here, Slavery, and even more. This may explain the reason I do a 4 or 5 hour tour, (look at Details and Pricing page on my website) which includes up to 5 stops, including a lunch stop for some great Louisiana food.

However, you should know that I only deal in facts, and not fiction. Although I know how Voodoo started here, and many of the ghost story origins, my tours are about history and facts and not fiction.

Thank you for your time.  (I talk too much sometimes too, huh?)

Glen A. Henley 

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