Texas Independence Trail Region

Participant in the Texas Historical Commission's
Texas Heritage Trails Program

Bellville: Austin County Courthouse

"The area now known as Austin County was selected by Stephen Fuller Austin in 1823 as the site for his colony, the first Anglo-American settlement in Texas."


  • 1 East Main Street
  • Bellville, Texas
  • 77418


Hours & Fees

  • Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

  • Free


"Bellville, the county seat of Austin County is located on the Santa Fe Railroad.  This Anglo-American settlement is named for Thomas B. Bell, one of the Old Three Hundred who came to Texas in 1822 and in 1838 built a home in the Bellville area.
In 1848, when the county seat was moved from San Felipe to Bellville the first courthouse was an old frame structure which stood in the town square. A second courthouse which was constructed in 1854 was built at a cost of $13,000.00 and was the first brick building in Austin County. This courthouse burned on  April 5, 1960 and a new one was rebuilt to take its place." -