Located in New Iberia’s Main Street District, set among towering live oak trees draped with Spanish moss on the banks of Bayou Teche, The Shadows, built in 1834 for sugar planter David Weeks, paints a vivid picture of life for the four generations that made this property their home. The first National Trust for Historic Preservation site in the Gulf South, The Shadows is a Classic Revival-style home with a Louisiana Colonial floor plan and a garden that is as breathtaking as the history preserved here. Explore our site and visit soon.
As part of Louisiana studies in the third grade, students view a living history timeline with two actors playing the roles of four members of the Weeks Family over four generations from 1863 to the early 1950s. Geography, cultural changes resulting from immigration by various groups into South Louisiana and the development of technology and its impact on the environment are addressed during the site visit.