• The Shadows is the first National Trust for Historic Preservation site in the Gulf South. The home and garden are as breathtaking as the history preserved here.

Shadows-on-the-Teche is the 1834 home of sugar planters David and Mary Weeks and three generations of their descendants. William Weeks Hall, great-grandson of the original builders, was the last of the Weeks family to live in the home. In 1922 Hall began restoration of his home and created his magnificent gardens. Shortly before his death in 1958, the National Trust for Historic Preservation accepted the home and gardens. The Shadows opened to the public in 1961.

Tours begin at The Shadows Visitors Center directly across the street at 320 E. Main Street.

For current admission rates, see the "Visit" page of our website.

The Shadows in 1861

The 1861 painting of the Shadows by Adrien Persac depicts the front of the home and the fence around the property. The fence pictured was destroyed and used as firewood by Union soldiers under the command of William B. Franklin in 1863.

“The tall and dense Bamboo hedge is very necessary to the preservation of the atmosphere of the place. I planted this hedge…Now that the town has grown and the place is surrounded by gasoline-stations and fruit-stands, it is absolutely impossible to remove it without utterly destroying the …atmosphere of the place.”- W. Weeks Hall, 1940

Bamboo was planted by William Weeks Hall in 1930s because it grew under the shade of the live oak trees and the dense hedge  served as a background for other plant textures within the gardens.

Funding for this exhibit made possible by a grant supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.