Bellville located just 60 miles west of Houston, and 10 miles north of Sealy. It is the county seat of Austin County and rich in local Texas history. It was named after Thomas and James Bell who settled in the area after emigrating from Florida in 1822. They donated over 145 acres to Austin County. The town was platted in 1846 and centered around the Courthouse and town square. The first structures in Bellville included churches, a log cabin, and a wooden courthouse. Most residents were farmers, and the town grew slowly until the development of the Santa Fe Railroad in 1880 which brought an increase in population and business growth. During this time, many large homes were built. Commerce and politics had its impact on the city. The Courthouse Square remains as it was laid out in 1846. Many of the historic buildings surrounding the courthouse have been restored into a collection of unique and distinctive boutique stores and businesses.
(Image courtesy of Bellville Chamber of Commerce; http://www.bellville.com/history)
There are many historical markers in the area representing history from the early days of Texas, both as a republic and later as a state. Some of the markers include original school sites, over 170 cemetery locations (some on private property), the Austin County Jail, and many other buildings and homes around the square and in residential areas.
(Image by The Bellville Historical Society; http://bellvillehistoricalsociety.com/historic-tour-guides/)
The Austin County Jail building (shown below) is about a half block away from the Town Square. It is three stories, and a fourth, smaller area known as the “gallows”. The gallows were used one time in 1901 when Gus Davis was hanged for the murder of Herman Schlunz. The Austin County Jail was given the Texas Historical Commission Medallion in 1976, and was recorded in the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.
(Image Courtesy of The Bellville Historical Society; http://bellvillehistoricalsociety.com/bellville-history/)
What is there to do in Bellville? Be sure to mark your calendars for the Austin County Fair! The fair is held in October and celebrates all things Austin County- promoting agriculture, education and scholarships, and community. Enjoy country music entertainers, carnival rides and food, and don’t forget the PRCA rodeo!
(Image Courtesy of Austin County Fair; http://www.austincountyfair.com/)
Market Day and the Farmers Market- If you love homegrown produce, fresh local meat, and baked goods check out this event that is held every 1st Saturday from February–December, around the historic downtown square and under the Jim Bishop Pavilion at Chesley Park. Opens at 9am!
(Image Courtesy of Bellville Farmers Market; http://www.bellvillefarmersmarket.com/)
Looking for some good grub? Check out Cielito Lindo, Yani’s Steak House, Trump Café, Galileo’s Mexican Grill, Golden Pagoda Chinese, Silver Saddle Smokehouse, Lil Red Barn, The Hill, Uncle Bill’s Pizza, Farm to Market Produce Company, the Kenney Store, Newman’s Bakery, Bellville Meat Market, and other fast food.
Looking for a romantic restaurant or place to relax with the girls for a glass of wine? Then check out Emery’s Buffalo Creek Winery! Choose from the comforts of inside the cozy restaurant/wine bar lined in cedar planked walls or dine al fresco under the dreamy lights on the deck and enjoy the glorious Texas sunset with scenic views. The food ranges from simple cheese boards to decadent steaks. The location boasts of rustic elegance and is also perfect for your event- equipped with a five acre lake, three separate gathering places, three fireplaces, and lakefront gazebo.
(Image Courtesy of Emery’s Buffalo Creek; http://www.emerysbuffalocreek.com/)
Spend time with family and friends at one of the many parks – Bellville City Park, Margaret Chesley Memorial Park, Clark Park, or the Sens Activity Center. The Stephen F. Austin State Park is situated on the Brazos River and has a lot to offer. From golf to camping all the while enjoying the abundance of wildlife roaming the park.
Looking for lodging? B&B’s include Somewhere In Time Bed & Breakfast, The Kenney Bunkhouse, Blisswood Bed, Breakfast & Spa, Dove Cottage B & B, Texas Ranch Life, Eberly Ranch. For those looking to stay in an RV, check out Coushatte Recreation Ranch to stay in. They also host events, catering, and festivals.
Be sure to take a stroll thru the many shopping venues in Bellville! Buck Ferguson Originals, Amy’s Unique Boutique, Southern Trends, Coco & Duckie, MimiBella, Nothing Ordinary Antiques, A Blast from the Past, and Rocking B Cowboy Supply.
Bellville has many interesting museums, historical homes and buildings- Peters Hacienda Hall, Millheim Harmonie Verein Hall, the Welcome Hall, and Newman’s Castle that has been getting a lot of attention lately! It’s hidden just outside of Bellville in the rolling countryside. The Castle, just outside of Bellville, has tours 6 days a week starting at 10:30 from Newman’s Bakery. Reservations are required. The Castle is available for other special events as well!
(Image Courtesy of Newman’s Castle and Bakery; http://newmanscastle.com/)
Schools – Bellville ISD has Elementary, Intermediate, Primary, Junior, and High schools. There is also a private Christian school, Faith Academy, serving ages 2 through 12th grade. Blinn College Sealy Campus can also be found in Brenham just 23 miles north or Sealy just 10 miles south!
Bellville has some beautiful churches that would be pleased to welcome you for a visit or as a member: Christian City Fellowship, Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, St. John Lutheran Church, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Christian Faith Church, Bellville United Methodist Church, First Baptist Church of Bellville and more.
For your veterinarian needs – Bower’s Veterinary Clinic, Main Street Animal Hospital, and Star Hill Veterinary Clinic will take care of your four legged family members!
Hospitals and healthcare – CHI St Joseph Health Bellville Hospital, Tippit Dental Group, Austin County Chiropractic, and Gay, Christopher M.D.
Banks – Wells Fargo, First National Bank Of Bellville, Austin County State Bank, Capital Farm Credit, BBVA Compass, and the First National Bank of Bellville.
Utility Companies – San Bernard Electric Cooperative, Bellville Butane Company, and City of Bellville.
Insurance Companies – Amerida Price Insurance Agency, Herridge & Herridge Insurance, Farmers Insurance/ Schmid Insurance, and LKL Insurance Co.
Thank you for visiting our Bellville Community page! I hope the information was not only helpful but it gives you a true flavor for the community that we are proud to be a part of. If you have any other questions or need any additional information, we’re your source and will always be glad to help! So give Texas Land Group a call at 979-877-5263 or 979-732-5263 and hopefully, we’ll be your new neighbor!