• 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.


Bayou Side, Hattendorf c.1878

A Bayou is not a river. The term bayou means standing water because it has no current but still has head waters and outlets.

The word Teche is a Native American word meaning snake. The primary means of travel was by waterways such as this which connect to the Atchafalaya River and the Gulf then out to New Orleans.

The Shadows is built on a bluff that is 15 feet above sea level. The Weeks family hoped to build their home beyond the flooding waters of the Bayou.

“The Live Oaks were planted by Mrs. David Weeks about 1830, and a half-dozen camellias were also planted by her a little later.” –W. Weeks Hall 1940

The Shadows has 25 live oak trees which are members of the Live Oak Society. Requirements include a circumference of 16’ and at least 100 years old. These two trees are the oldest on the property and are named “Mary” and “David” for the original owners.

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