San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site

The county is named after Stephen F. Austin, who chose San Felipe as his home. The San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site, The Colonial Capital of Texas, was right where Texas got it’s start. The site preserves a portion of the townsite of San Felipe de Austin that...

Austin County Jail Museum

Being we’re where it all began, we have some interesting historic buildings. The Austin County Jailhouse, built in 1896, now the Austin County Jail Museum, served as both living quarters on the left side and a jail on the right. The building consists of three...

Working Blacksmith Shop

Tour an 1891 historic blacksmith shop and see creative craftsman work with vintage tools of the trade at Phenix Knives on Main Street in Bellville, right next door to the historic carriage shop. A must see. And don’t miss the Texas Select from Forged in Fire...

Historic Dance Halls

Central Texas is known for its historic dance halls and Austin County has some of the finest. The Bellville Turnverein pavilion, built in 1897 by local contractor Joachim Hintz, is one of several polygonal social halls built in Austin County during this era. Used as a...

Historic Homes

Throughout the area you’ll find all sorts of period architecture including many victorian style homes and period cottages, many with historical interests, all over Austin County. You can download a historic home tour guide of Bellville at the Bellville...