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Washington Parish

Washington Parish is named for George Washington, who was the first President of the United States from 1789 to 1797.


Surrounding Parish and County Courthouses: 

N – Pike County, Mississippi, Walthall County, Mississippi and Marion County, Mississippi

E – Pearl River County, Mississippi

S – Saint Tammany Parish

W – Tangipahoa Parish


Created:  March 6, 1819                                     Location within the U.S. state of Louisiana

Parish Seat: 

Franklinton  1825 – present


Parish Courthouse – Franklinton  


Location:  900 Washington Street / Main Street

Built:  1959 – 1960

Style:  Modern

Architect:  August Perez and Associates

Contractor:  Belcher & Son Inc.


Description:  The building faces northwest and is a two story buff colored brick, concrete and glass structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Fraklinton. The northwest front has a central entrance with glass walls on the first and second stories. There are vertical concrete pillars rising to the roof line which divide the windows. The roof line is flat. In the interior, the Parish District Court courtroom is located on the east side of the second story..The building houses the Parish District Court of the 22nd Judicial District. On the south side is the Parish Administration Building.


See:  The 22nd Judicial District includes Saint Tammany Parish.


History:  The parish was created in 1819 and Franklinton was selected as the parish seat in 1821, The first courthouse from 1820 to 1823 was a barn owned by Colonel Thomas C Warner to the south of Franklinton along the Bogue Chitto River near the Fussell Cemetery along highway 16. In 1823, the second courthouse was a two story brick structure with the courtroom on the second story erected on land donated by John W Bickhan in Franklinton. The building was destroyed by fire on March 17, 1897. The third courthouse was a two story wood structure built in 1897. The fourth courthouse was a two story brick structure designed by Andrew J Bryan and constructed by George C Bullen C Murphy in 1906. The fifth courthouse was a two story brick structure constructed by Dye & Mulling in 1938. The sixth and present courthouse was constructed in 1959 to 1960.



Parish Courthouse – Franklinton















Parish District Court courtroom













Picture 1897 Parish Courthouse



Picture 1906 Parish Courthouse



Plaque 1906 Parish Courthouse



Plaque 1938 Parish Courthouse



Parish Administration Building



Photos taken 2011 and 2019