• 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 Formal Garden c. 1930s

“Nothing in life has meant…more to me than this garden on a summer morning before sunrise. At all hours, no place is more tranquil nor more ageless.”-W. Weeks Hall, 1940

Weeks Hall designed his gardens as outside rooms and extensions of the main house. The formal garden has ‘walls’ of bamboo

“I put down the slave-quarter bricks into the rectangle now the garden walks. The Depression where the torn-down greenhouse stood became a lily-pool. This was balanced on the other side by a cement terrace.”- W. Weeks Hall, 1940


The marble statues in the Formal Garden were purchased by Weeks Hall from the “Old Hester Plantation” and added to the corners in 1924

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