White Rose

White Rose

In 1923, legendary film director D. W. Griffith, known as the father of American cinema, came to south Louisiana to shoot the 1923 film White Rose, based on the story by Irene Sinclair. The film starred Mae Marsh, Carol Dempster, Ivor Novello, Neil Hamilton, Lucilla LaVerne, and Porter Strong. The controversial plot involves a wealthy young Southern aristocrat who graduates from a seminary and, before he takes charge of his assigned parish, decides to go out and sow his oats. He winds up in New Orleans and finds himself attracted to a poor, unsophisticated orphan girl. One thing leads to another, and before long the girl finds that she is pregnant with his child. The Bayou Teche country of Louisiana served as a background and the majority of the scenes in White Rose were filmed on location at Shadows-on-the-Teche Plantation in New Iberia (Notice: Shadows-on-the-Teche is temporarily closed until April 2023), Bayou Teche, Franklin, and St. Martinville. The short parade sequence was filmed during Mardi Gras 1923. 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-on-the-Teche was built in 1834 for sugar planter David Weeks.


Shadows on the Teche

317 E Main St.

New Iberia, LA 70560

Hours Of Operation

Monday – Saturday: 10am– 4pm

Tours begin 15 minutes past the hour.

First tour at 10:15, last tour at 3:15.

Additional Information

Entrance Fee:

Adults - $10.50

Seniors - $8.50

Students - $6.75