Have you ever heard of
If you have, did you know that a priest named
Father Antoine Desire Megret
was the founder of Abbeville. When it began though, Father Megret
spelled Abbeville ("Abbville") without the "e". The "e" was added later
In 1842, Father Antoine Megret arrived in Louisiana. He lived in the
Perry area a while then moved along the Vermilion Bayou. On July 25,
1843, Father Megret bought land from Mr. Joseph Leblanc. He paid $900.00
for the land. Some say that he built a little church named " La Chapelle".
At that time, a few buildings were also built. That is how this city
began. Exactly how the community was named is not really known. Some say
it Some say it was a combination of "Abbe" for Abbé Mégret and "ville"
for town or the Abbé's town, while others say Father Mégret named it
after his hometown
Abbeville kept growing. In 1847, the Abbeville Post Office was
established. Abbeville was incorporated a town in 1850. The first mayor
at that time was Theophil Veazey. Abbeville became the new Parish Seat
in 1850. It was in Perry before this time. Abbeville was incorporated in
1850. In 1851, St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church Parish was
established. Father Megret died of
yellow fever in December 5,1853.
At that time, fires caused tragedies. In 1854, the church burnt.
Mary Magdalen Church was rebuilt. On April 6, 1885, the Abbeville Court
House burnt down and destroyed all documents. It was
rebuilt again. In
1903, a huge fire caused the National Bank of Abbeville and many
businesses around the area to burn down.
Many tragedies happened in Abbeville through the years. World War I
began in 1917. In 1940, Abbeville had a flood. In 1941 World War II
began. The Korean War began in 1950 and men served in the Vietnam War
too. The Gulf War was in 1991. Many area men fought in these wars. Some
lived to share stories and some died during the war. Sickness,
hurricanes, and hard life brought tragedy to Abbeville also.
Abbeville has had many schools in the past. The first
School was built in 1902. The old Abbeville High School is the Vermilion
Parish School Board Office. Abbeville, Louisiana had 6 schools.
Eaton Park Elementary,
James A. Herod,
Middle School and two private schools,
Mount Carmel and
Now in 2005 Abbeville is the largest city in Vermilion Parish and has
over 11,000 people. As the Parish Seat, it has the Vermilion Parish
Court House. Abbeville has many stores and businesses. There is a Museum
with artifacts and art. It is called the
Abbeville Alliance Museum and
Abbeville has the Cattle Festival,
Giant Omelette Festival, Day Lily
Festival and other celebrations each year. The resources are cattle,
certain animals, crops, hunting and fishing.
Sometime you can see people go to
Magdalene Square to rest or visit.
When they are there they see the
statue of Father Antoine Desire Megret
and remember that he started it all!