Austin County

Historic Austin County is one of the oldest counties in Texas, and an amazing place to plant your family’s roots. Located between Highway 290 and Interstate 10, you can be on your way to Katy, Houston, Austin or San Antonio with just a short, beautiful drive. Austin County is home to multiple cities and communities including Bellville as the county seat, Sealy, Wallis, Industry, Cat Spring, New Ulm, San Felipe, Kenney, Shelby, Welcome, and Bleiblerville.

Austin County is named for Stephen F. Austin, also known as the "Father of Texas" and was organized in 1837 during the Republic of Texas. Austin County has contributed many “Firsts” in the area. It is home to the first English-language newspaper (The Gazette, 1829), the origin of the Texas postal system, the first flag, first Sunday School, the first English-Speaking School, and the first organized Police Force which became the legendary Texas Rangers. Bellville, the county seat of Austin County is located on the Santa Fe Railroad. The Courthouse Square remains as it was laid out in 1846 and many of the historic buildings have now been transformed into a collection of unusual and unique shops and businesses.

Whether you are looking for a wholesome place to settle down, an afternoon of Texas history for the whole family, or just some small-town shopping, Austin County has exactly what you are looking for with multiple Shops, Restaurants, Museums, Parks and Historic Sites. 

Check out the Home Pages for our local communities at the bottom of this page!

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