Our Next Program

Get ready to mark your calendars for an event that promises to transport you through time and into the heart of Texas history! We are thrilled to announce the upcoming Bellville Historical Society meeting, where we’ll be treated to an engaging presentation by the esteemed Shelby Rowan.

Event Details:
Date: Sunday, September 17, 2023
Time: 3:00 pm
Location: Bellville Turnverein, 966 East Main Street (Hwy 529)

Shelby Rowan, a renowned historian and expert on Texas history, will take us on an enlightening journey into the lives of the remarkable individuals who played a pivotal role in shaping the Lone Star State. With her presentation titled “Meet the Men Who Made Texas Texas,” we’ll delve into the stories and backgrounds of the 59 signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence.

Have you ever wondered who these men were beyond their historical roles? Were they doctors, lawyers, soldiers, or perhaps held other professions? Join us to uncover the fascinating answers as Shelby Rowan brings their stories to life. She’ll share insights into their origins, families, and offer a captivating glimpse into their lives that extends beyond the pages of our history books.

This event is an exceptional opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the intricate tapestry that forms the foundation of our beloved state. Whether you’re a history enthusiast, a lifelong Texan, or simply curious about the past, Shelby Rowan’s presentation promises to captivate and enlighten.

Refreshments will be available, and as always, our meetings provide a wonderful chance to connect with fellow history buffs and community members.

Don’t miss out on this unique experience! We look forward to welcoming you on Sunday, September 17th, at 3:00 pm at the Bellville Turnverein. Feel free to bring along family and friends who share your passion for history.

For any inquiries or further information, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.


As we approach a significant milestone in our town’s history, the 175th anniversary since its founding in 1848, we want to take a moment to reflect on our past and celebrate our community’s resilience and spirit.  From our historic buildings to our local traditions, Bellville has a rich history that we are proud to share with you.

Bellville, Texas is our small town located in the heart of Austin County, with a population of just over 4,000 people. This year, the town is celebrating a significant milestone as it turns 175 years old since its founding in 1848. Bellville is a town that is rich in history and has preserved many of its historical buildings and landmarks that have been around since the early days of the town.

In the early days of Bellville, the town was a hub for trade and commerce due to its proximity to the Brazos River. The town quickly grew in popularity and became an essential part of the local economy. Over time, the town has evolved, and its economy has shifted towards agriculture and ranching, which are still prominent industries in the area.

To commemorate the town’s 175th anniversary, Bellville has planned
a celebration that is sure to bring the community together.  On Saturday, November 4, 2023, the historic town square will be bustling with activity from 10 am to 2 pm. Visitors will have the opportunity to experience the town’s history and culture with food, music, and entertainment.

One of the highlights of the celebration is an old-fashioned baseball game at Clark Park at 2 pm. The game will bring back memories of a bygone era and is sure to be a hit with visitors of all ages.  For those who prefer dancing, the Turnverein will be hosting a dance from 7 pm to 10 pm. David Lewis and his band will be providing the music, and visitors can dance the night away to some classic tunes.

The celebration promises to be a warm and inviting event that will bring the community together. Visitors can enjoy the small-town charm of Bellville and experience the town’s history and culture.  The 175th anniversary is a significant milestone, and the town is excited to share it with visitors from near and far.  We hope that everyone near and far can come and help us celebrate!