Seat of Austin County, one of the
original counties in Texas. In 1848, Bellville was
established as the seat of government on land given to
the county by Thomas Bell, one of Stephen
original Three Hundred Colonists, and for whom the city
was named. The first issue of the Bellville Times was
published in 1879 and is still in business today. The
subtropical climate is excellent for hay, sorghum, corn,
rice, and oats. Cattle farms are abundant. In spring
fields come alive with bluebonnets and other wild
A guide to many fine
turn-of-the-century homes and downtown buildings,
produced by the Bellville Historical Society, can be
picked up at the Chamber of Commerce at #4 W. Main St. or
by calling (409)865-3407.
Four city parks offer excellent
picnic areas and playgrounds. Shoppers find an abundance
of antique and craft shops offering handmade items in
historic buildings around the square.
Bed and breakfast accommodations
offered in historic buildings.
Austin County Jail -
County Jail from 1896 through 1992,
now under renovation. Handsome old building offers
revolving exhibits of Austin County history. Call Chamber
of Commerce (see above) for hours of operation. 36 S.