NEW IBERIA, La. --- The Shadows-on-the-Teche invites you to a night of architecture, drinks and food on Wednesday, August 29 at 6 p.m.
The night begins with the opening of the exhibit "Deconstructing the Shadows-on-the-Teche" and a short talk by Olivia Johnson, Shadows’ Summer Research Intern. Johnson will explore the journey her research took while writing the special topic tour and delve into the minds of David and Mary Weeks as the two were designing the Shadows. Johnson will discuss other homes of influence to the couple, the influence of the builders, and evidence of other sites the Weeks family may have designed.
Afterward, walk through the Shadows for the inaugural tour of “Deconstructing the Shadows-on-the-Teche,” which focuses on the architectural transformation of the site from 1830 to the present. Finish the night watching twilight set over the Shadows gardens while enjoying refreshments and pondering your favorite scenic view of this historic home.
Lyle Saxon himself was unable to come to a decision, and he wrote in Old Louisiana “I have never been able to decide whether this old house is more charming in winter by firelight and candlelight, or in summer, when the breeze from the bayou billows the curtains…”
The program begins at the Shadows Visitor Center, which is located at 320 E. Main St. in New Iberia. After the presentation, the group will cross Main Street for the tour of the Shadows.
Admission is $17.50 and includes drinks and food. Tickets can be purchased
and at the Shadows Visitor Center. Limited tickets will be available at the door. For more information, contact the Shadows at 337-367-0481 or
All funds raised from this event will help to support the ongoing preservation and maintenance of the Shadows-on-the-Teche.
About the Shadows-on-the-Teche:
The Shadows-on-the-Teche, a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, 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, which owns and operates the Shadows, 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