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Concordia Parish

Concordia Parish is named for an early land grant called New Concordia from the “concord” reached by local authorities over a mutual surrender of slaves, or for a mansion called Concordia which was owned by Governor de Leomos, and “condoria” in Latin means “peace or harmony”.


Surrounding Parish and County Courthouses: 

N – Tensas Parish

E – Adams County, Mississippi and Wilkinson County, Mississippi,

S – West Feliciana Parish and Pointe Coupee Parish

W – Avoyelles Parish and Catahoula Parish


Created:  April 10, 1805                                     Location within the U.S. state of Louisiana

Parish Seat  :        

Vidalia  1807 – present


Old Parish Courthouse – Vidalia 


Location:  North Spruce Street / Carter Street

Built:  1939 – 1940

Style:  Neo-Classical

Architect:  J W Smith and Associates

Contractor: M Thomas Reed Construction Company of Monroe


Description:  The building faces south and is a four story buff colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Vidalia. The center section of the building projects from the main building. The central entrance is framed. The roof line is flat. On the north side is the one story Public Library which extends into the first story of the courthouse. The upper stories are vacant.


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Concordia Parish Courthouse


Parish Courthouse – Vidalia 



Location:  4100 Carter Street / Advocates Drive

Built:  1978 – 1979

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Barron, Heinberg, Brocato of Alexandria

Contractor: Westerchil Construction Company in Alexandria


Description:  The building faces south and is a two story glass and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds to the west of the center of Vidalia. The south center section is a recessed glass wall rising above the main building. The east and west wings have wide horizontal bands with buff brick between. The interior has a high atrium along the south side. The roof line is flat. The Parish District Court courtroom is located on the second story. The building houses the Parish District Court of the 7th Judicial District.


See:  The 7th Judicial District includes Catahoula Parish.


History:  The parish was created in 1805 and Vidalia was selected as the parish seat in 1807. The first courthouse was built in Vidalia in 1837 and was destroyed by a tornado. The second courthouse was a brick structure built in 1843. The third courthouse was built in 1870 and was demolished in 1939. Due to the flooding of the Mississippi River, the town was moved inland and the fourth courthouse was constructed in 1939 and is still standing. The fifth and present courthouse was constructed in 1978 to 1979 at a cost of $100,000.



Old Parish Courthouse – Vidalia











Parish Courthouse – Vidalia

























Parish District Court courtroom under repair in 2019





Photos taken 2011 and 2019