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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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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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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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, 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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All About Richland, History & Tourism

Bellville’s Concerts In The Park

9 Jul , 2019  

The beautiful Victorian era Bandstand in the middle of the Village of Bellville is the setting for the Concerts in the Park series. Beginning on Thursday evening from 7 PM to 9 PM, concerts will take place at the historic Bandstand. In case of inclement weather, concerts will be held in the Township Building. More…

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Bellville, History & Tourism

Landmarks of Richland: The Bellville Bandstand

6 Jun , 2019  

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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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…



Bellville Elementary Receives Purple Star Designation; One Of Only 44 In Ohio

1 Mar , 2018  

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria announced on Wednesday the 44 Ohio schools that received the Purple Star designation for their commitment to serving military-connected students and families. Those schools included Bellville Elementary in the Clear Fork Local Schools. More…

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History & Tourism

Summer Road Trips: Ohio Train-Themed Road Trip

21 Aug , 2017  

1812Blockhouse continues its review of unique attractions and events doable within a day from Mansfield. As always, this is done with the reminder that some of Ohio’s best places to visit are right here in our own backyard. Today’s proposed trip combines both.

When the website published a post this past week entitled “This Dreamy Train-Themed Trip Will Take You On The Journey of A Lifetime,” it included a stop right here in Richland County. More…

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