NEW IBERIA, La. --- “This is Christmas Day--Present my warm regards to Mrs. Moore and all the family to whom I wish many happy returns of this merry-making season” [W.T. Palfrey to Judge John Moore, December 25, 1845]
The Shadows’ invites you to “A Merry-Making Season.” Throughout the month of December, the Shadows-on-the-Teche will be dressed for the holidays in greenery highlighted with fruits, nuts, and berries. Colorful decorations, antique toys, and a Christmas tree decorated with period ornaments will be featured in period rooms.
“A Merry-Making Season” quoted from the Weeks’ Family Papers, describes their observance of the holiday season. Seasonal tours, focusing on holiday celebrations in the nineteenth century, will be offered during The Shadows normal operating hours. Guided tours of the house will emphasize similarities and differences between the nineteenth century celebrations and the present.
The Shadows is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Guided tours begin 15 minutes past the hour, with the last tour leaving at 3:15 p.m.
Admission to the Shadows is $10.50 for adults ages 18-64, $8.50 for adults ages 65 and over, and $6.75 for children ages 6-11. Military and AAA discounts are available on the adult and student rates.
About the Shadows-on-the-Teche:
The Shadows-on-the-Teche, National Trust for Historic Preservation site, opened to the public in 1961 with the mission to preserve the buildings, landscape, collections, and historical integrity of the site; to research and interpret through education programs a 19th century southern Louisiana plantation economy and community and their evolution; and to encourage an appreciation of and interest in historic preservation. The National Trust for Historic Preservation, which owns and operates the Shadows-on-the-Teche, is a private, non-profit organization. The Shadows does not receive funding from federal, state, parish, or city government. The site supports itself through admissions, special programs and events, and donations to the Friends of the Shadows. For more information, visit