In an effort to celebrate the village’s 200th year in existence, the Ohio governor’s office presented Bellville Mayor Darrell Banks with a proclamation celebrating the achievement.
Tim Ross, the Eastern Ohio Regional Liaison for Ohio Governor John Kasich, along with Jim Wasil, the Business Liaison for Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor awarded the village during a ceremony at the Bellville Bandstand.
According to the village’s historical archives, in 1808 the Clear Fork Valley was cleared by a tornado. The following year settlers from Virginia built a log cabin where Elzy Milling and Trade sits today.
In 1814 Robert Bell, Sr. bought a parcel of land from the original settlers, the McClures, andplotted the the village south of the Clear Fork River.
The land between Huron Street and Main Street from Ogle St to the area near Durbin Avenue was developed into the village’s 48 original lots.
On March 25, 1841, the Village of Bellville was officially incorporated by Ohio Legislature.
“Officially, Bellville has not reached our 200th birthday but unofficially, we can also celebrate that our village that was born of a tornado cleared plain, had God’s gift of water power and the industrious pioneer families who plotted Bellville 200 years ago this year,” Banks said during the village’s previous celebration.
The village is set to celebrate its bi-centennial in 2041, marking its 200th year as an incorporated village of the Buckeye State.
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