Shadow House-1518 von Michael McCarthy Über Flickr: The Shadow home is the oldest wood structure in North Louisiana. It was built as an 18 x 20 log cabin in 1816 by Robert and Winnie Byas. Made of hand hewn logs, the Byas’s lived in the cabin with their three children until 1850.
In January of 1850, the home was purchased by Calvin Leary, who had come to settle the area with his wife, six children and 18 slaves. The Leary’s numbered the logs and dismantled the original wood structure carefully rebuilding it with a new foundation and added additional wings. The Leary’s operated a successful plantation and lived there until the 1870’s.
W.R. Shadow bought the home in 1906 and established one of the largest nurseries in the south.
The home and property was recently purchased by local resident Denton Culpepper who is in the process of restoring the old treasure.