Bellville, History & Tourism

Landmarks of Richland: The Bellville Bandstand

2 Nov , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

How historically important is the Bellville Bandstand?

Consider the fact the it is featured in “Source Book of American Architecture: 500 Notable Buildings from the 10th Century to the Present” by G.E. Kidder Smith and published by Princeton Architectural Press. More…

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Bellville, History & Tourism

Take A Walk Among The Gravestones, Learn Some History

9 Sep , 2020  

The Village of Bellville’s 3rd Cemetery Walk will take place on September 12 from 10:00 AM to 1:00PM.

Meet others at the entrance for guided groups. Interesting people from Bellville’s history will share their stories. The purpose of these characters of Bellville history being portrayed is to give people a glimpse into the rich history of Bellville.

Robert Stands is portraying Robert Bell who platted Bellville in 1815. Mr. Stands is from Columbia Station, Ohio, near Strongsville. His distant cousin, Merry Bering will portray Mary Bell, Robert’s wife. Both are sixth generation Bell descendants. More…

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All About Richland, Bellville

Ohio Geneaglocial Society Reopens Library; Unveils New Website

21 Jul , 2020  

By: 1812Blockhouse

Updated: See below.

Did you know that Richland County was home to one of the major centers for family history research in this part of the United States?

It’s the Samuel D. Isaly Library on State Route 97, just east of Bellville, home to some 60,000 bound volumes, census records, Bible records, newspapers, county genealogical society publications, and lineage documents submitted for various family history groups in the state. More…



Blue Bridge Painting Continues

20 Jun , 2020  

By: 1812Blockhouse Staff

ODOT’s painting of the “Blue Bridge” over the Clear Fork of the Mohican River continues in central Bellville.

As we shared earlier this month, this work has caused a temporary blockage of the B&O Trail at Main Street, as it is too hazardous to cross the street. Two detours exist.

Work is anticipated to be done on or before August 14. More…


Bellville, History & Tourism

Richland Roots: The Poppletons

17 May , 2020  

By: 1812Blockhouse Staff

Richland County has produced or been the home to a wide variety of individuals that have made important contributions to the world. 1812Blockhouse has been sharing their stories in a series called “Richland Roots.” This is a brand new post; for other Richland Roots stories, click here.

There are children who you would imagine will live or have lived interesting lives because of their names. Blessed with obviously creative parents, they set out on journeys that take them to places as unique as their monikers.

Such is the case with a set of children born in Richland County in the first half of the nineteenth century, the Poppletons. More…

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All Things Business, Bellville

All Things Bellville

15 Feb , 2020  

Two Bellville stories to share today.

Ribbon Cutting Held For Long-Time Bellville Business

On Thursday morning, Richland Area Chamber & Economic Development joined in a ribbon cutting ceremony at Jackson Well Services. The company, which has been part of the Bellville community for three generations, opened a new and improved facility at 1201 Mill Road. More…

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Bellville, History & Tourism

Strike It Rich At The Ohio Gold And Treasure Show

10 Feb , 2020  

The Buckeye Chapter of the Gold Prospectors Association of America (GPAA), headquarterd near Bellville, are taking center stage as they join other chapters in hosting the GPAA Gold and Treasure Show this May at the Ohio State Fairgrounds and Expo Center.

As we have shared previously on 1812Blockhouse, the lure of gold has brought folks to Richland County for over 160 years. It continues to do so, and the Bellville area serves as the center of Ohio prospecting activity. More…

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All About Richland, Bellville

Tim Tebow Foundation Brings Special Prom To Local Church

9 Jan , 2020  

Do you know someone with special needs who would love to go to prom?

Night to Shine is an unforgettable prom night experience for anyone with special needs who is age 14 or older. The prom is sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation; in 2019, 655 churches around the world hosted Night to Shine events for approximately 100,000 honored prom-goers. The event requires a substantial number of volunteers; last year, there were roughly 200,000 of them. More…

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Christmas Arrives In Bellville During First Week Of December

18 Nov , 2019  

Two events during the first week of December are certain to have folks in the southern half of Richland County feeling in the holiday spirit.

On Thursday, December 5 at 7 PM, the annual Yule Log Lighting will take place near the Bellville Bandstand downtown. The community Christmas Tree will also be lit and word has it that a certain jolly man in a red suit will be on hand. More…

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All About Richland, Bellville

Bellville Cemetery Receives Funding Assistance

11 Oct , 2019  

The Ohio Department of Commerce’s Division of Real Estate & Professional Licensing is awarding $75,357 to 65 cemeteries in 34 counties throughout Ohio through a new Cemetery Grant Fund.

The fund defrays the costs of exceptional cemetery maintenance or training cemetery personnel in the maintenance and operation of a cemetery. In March 2017, Representative Dick Stein (R-Norwalk) introduced House Bill 168, including the Cemetery Grant Fund, which passed into law and became effective October 29, 2018. More…

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Bellville, Sports

Colt Corral Features A New Look This Fall

13 Aug , 2019  

Football fans who attend games at Clear Fork High School might well notice something a bit different this fall.

The “Colt Corral” is sporting a new surface.

A $900,000 project is nearing completion, giving the stadium its first-ever artificial playing surface. It’s the culmination of intense fundraising by the Clear Fork Athletic Boosters Club. More…

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Bellville, History & Tourism

End The Summer With A Rush

8 Aug , 2019  

A gold rush, that is. And it’s likely the only opportunity of its kind in Ohio to do so.

Get a sense of the excitement your Richland County ancestors felt when the Buckeye Chapter of the Gold Prospectors Association of America host Ohio Gold Rush Days at the end of the month. More…

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Bellville Police Officers Receive Special Awards

1 Mar , 2019  

Two Bellville Police officers were recognized for their efforts at the department’s February training night. More…


168th Bellville Street Fair Starts Today

12 Sep , 2018  

Come one, come all, to the 168th edition of the Bellville Street Fair.

Bellville’s “World’s Fair” will offer four fun-filled days, from Wednesday through Saturday, of exhibits, shows, rides, free entertainment, and much more. More…

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Free Produce Available In Bellville

27 Mar , 2018  

The Bellville Neighborhood Outreach Center has announced its schedule of Mobile Pantry produce distribution for 2018.

The Center, which is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to improving the lives of those living in the Clear Fork Valley of southern Richland County, provides this distribution as a public service from spring through fall. More…