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“Beautifully Preserved Southern Home”

Shadows on the Teche
Ranked #2 of 14 things to do in New Iberia
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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. More than 17,000 letters, invoices, and receipts provide information on the daily life of people in 19th century New Iberia as the sugar industry developed. Collections in period rooms also illustrate the life of a sugar cane growing family on Louisiana's frontier. 2 1/2 acres of gardens depict a southern garden of the 1920s-1940s.
Reviewed 9 August 2013 via mobile

We visited here again for the second time. This home is a perfectly preserved house museum with original furnishings. It gives a perfect glimpse into a bygone way of life with a very personal touch of the family.

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Reviewed 6 August 2013

Let me start with some go onto the grassy area. There wasn't anything to see and we all have bug bites on our legs.

Now for the review. We were coming back from Aveey Island and our relatives wanted to stop at this historic site as it on the National Register. Paid for the four of the house and grounds. Offered AAA siscount so cost for 5 of us (2 adults 3 students) was ~$34. It was a slow rainy day so we ended up being the only ones on the tour with our relatives which is always nice. Start with a movie and then the tour. Most of the furnishings were original to the family. We decided that it wasn't anything special if you've been to other historic houses from the same era.

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Reviewed 5 August 2013

Our family visited here in October 2012. The home is wonderfully preserved and maintained. You purchase tickets at an office/souvenir shop across the street. Our tour did not have many people which was nice. We were able to take our time and ask questions. The home is not as large as it may appear since it is just one room deep and the rooms are not as large as may be in other plantation homes. Having fewer people on each tour is helpful. The grounds are beautiful with many types of plants, perhaps not native to the area, but brought in by previous owners. Be sure to bring a camera as the grounds and the home as well worth taking pictures. This plantation home is sort of off the beaten path, so you will not encounter the crowds you will at Oak Alley. The town of New Iberia has many fine restaurants for lunch or dinner after the tour.

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Reviewed 9 June 2013

The plantation house itself is well kept and has interesting articles, but its not really anything outstanding. The tour guide was well informed (his grandmother was a slave he said and spoke Creole).

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Reviewed 7 June 2013

The house on the outside and the grounds are beautiful, but didn't see alot of the inside of the house. I'm from La and have taken alot of tours of plantation homes in LS and MS and this was the most disappointing. I hate to say this because I love the fact that it was saved and the town is able to show it but we only went into maybe three rooms and finished up on the outside (porches) and balcony upstairs. The lady giving tour very enthusiastic and well-informed but didn't see enough of house. Stayed at La'Rosier B&B across the street. Loved older homes beside Shadows on the Tech also.

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