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The Pecan Tree Kennel is located in Bellville, Texas, in the center of historic Austin County, in the heart of the picturesque Texas wildflower country. The dogs love it here as much as we do.

Bellville is a charming, clean, well-planned community featuring a colorful mixture of various cultures, along with festivals celebrating those heritages. There are antiques shops in abundance, many fine restaruants, and other attractions of interest if you were to plan a visit to the Kennel operations.

This desirable location is approximately 60 miles west of Houston, and 14 miles north of Interstate Highway 10, at the intersections of State Highway 36 and 159. At an elevation of 275 feet above sea level, Bellville stands in timeless harmony with its green rolling hills and spectacular wildflower displays from early spring through late summer. The annual average temperature in Bellville is 73-degrees, with an average high of 92-degrees in July and an average low of 43 degrees in January. Average annual precipitation is 45+ inches with south prevailing winds and an average growing season of 282 days.  

Founded in 1848, and incorporated in 1927, Bellville enjoys a population of approximately 4,180 residents.

Initially settled by Thomas and James Bell who immigrated from Florida in 1822, as some of Stephen F. Austin’s earliest settlers. They donated over 145 acres to Austin County, and Bellville was named for them. Bellville is the county seat of Austin County, and the town was platted in 1846 to center around the Courthouse and town square.  View a Bellville Map in a separate window.

Bellville is a city rich in local Texas history. The many markers in the area chronicle incidents from the early days of Texas, both as a republic and later as a state. Noted with plaques are the original school sites in the county, over 170 cemetery locations (some on private property), The Austin County Jail, as well as many buildings and homes located around the town square and in the residential districts.

The Austin County Jail building constructed in 1896 is now a museum and is open for tours on a regular basis. The building consists of three complete stories, plus a fourth, smaller area known as the "gallows". The "gallows" were used only once, on March 14, 1901, at 2:14 p.m., Gus Davis was hanged for the murder of Herman Schlunz. In 1976, the Austin County Jail building was awarded a Texas Historical Commission Medallion and was entered into the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. For more information on other historic buildings contact the Bellville Historical Society.


Jail Museum


Bellville boasts a challenging, pretty nine-hole golf course (par 72 for 18 holes). Spot the occasional deer as you enjoy the country air and singing birds. The Clubhouse is home to the Men’s Golf Association and the Ladies Golf Association, both of which welcome new members with the typical friendliness found throughout the community. Green fee players are welcome on most days.

Bellville Market Day on the Square and Bellville Farmers Market - The first Saturday of most months, enjoy arts, crafts, collectibles and more from the vendors who "set up shop"around the town square plus from the many shops open daily around the square.

Visit for details on many more things to see and do in Bellville.

The Bellville Chamber of Commerce is involved in our community, with special emphasis on "the way things use to be".  Antique dealers from around Texas and other states offer their wares during the area Antique Shows in March and October. The Austin County Fair in October brings youth from the entire county into Bellville to show and market their livestock. Small Town Christmas on the Square, Firemen's Celebration, July Celebration country theatre groups, civic chorale emsembles, and others all combine to round out the quiet and friendly quality of life that residents and visitors to Bellville enjoy.


Points of Interest in and around Bellville include:

Stephen F. Austin State Historic Site, Museum, and State Park in hearby San Felipe, Texas.
Lake Somerville, which offers, beaches, boating, fishing and park locations,
Blue Bell Creamery in Brenham, offering guided tours of their facility,
Washington on the Brazos State Park, museum and park facilities.



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