Welcome to Bellville
Our always-growing little town was founded in 1848 and incorporated in 1927. Initially settled by Thomas and James Bell, who immigrated from Florida in 1822 as some of Stephen F. Austin's earliest settlers. They donated over 145 acres to Austin County and Bellville was named for them. Churches, a log cabin, and a wooden courthouse were the first public structures in Bellville. Most of the early residents were farmers, and the town grew slowly until the coming of the Santa Fe Railroad in 1880, when the population rose from 300 people to 1,000 residents within three years. Our current population is approximately 4,100.
Our desirable location is about 60 miles west of Houston, 13 miles north of Interstate Highway 10 & 18 miles south of Texas Highway 290. Bellville stands at an elevation of 275 feet above sea level which keeps us in timeless harmony with green rolling hills and spectacular wildflower displays from early spring through late summer.
Visit the 15 State Historical Markers in our city.
• Tour the old Austin County Jail Museum.
• Take a driving tour of the town’s many Victorian-inspired
19th century homes.
• Visit Bellville on Market Days, the 1st Saturday of each
month, with booths of crafts, flowers, & novelties