Bellville Village Bandstand

The historic ornate Bellville Village Bandstand has been decorating the center of the Village of Bellville since 1879. Mr. Knodle was the first to suggest a bandstand. According to an article published in the Richland Star, September 11, 1879, Mr. Knodle had just moved to Bellville in January, from Illinois, to be the new Bellville Band Director.

By June many people were in favor of the Bandstand, and on July 23, 1879 the Town Council gave permission for the bandstand to be built on the Village Square. Local merchants contributed materials and funds. Local craftsmen Moody, Fisher, Zent, and a score of others went to work under the management of architect David Lash. He was influenced in his design by the gazebos in the back yards of the wealthy industrialist living on Millionaire’s Row, which is Euclid Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio. It was said that his “Italianate” composite, that is with us today, was unequaled in detail and craftsmanship.

In September of 1879, over 2,000 people gathered to dedicate this Bandstand, which continues to be the symbol of this beautiful Village. Since that fall day in 1879, the people of this community have gathered at this ornate structure to celebrate our liberty, listen to concerts, recognize the Bellville Fair winners, and welcome home our veterans who preserved our liberties. Hundreds of weddings have taken place within this structure.

The Bellville Bandstand has been refurbished many times during its long history, most recently in 2009 when the villagers of Bellville, citizens of Jefferson Township, visitors, and surrounding communities raised $49,000 to restore the Village icon.

Memorial Paver Project

Become a part of Bellville’s honored history. Personalize a paver with a memorial to someone gone, in honor of someone living, or in recognition of someone’s past, your family, or a phrase of your choice.

The existing asphalt patio in front of the bandstand is being replaced with a paver patio, which will more reflect the age and era in which the bandstand was originally built.

Proceeds from the sale of these pafters go to help:

Restore the Bellville Bandstand to its former beautiful self

Pay for the new paver patio

Restore the downtown park to more represent its age and beauty

The pavers are sold in two sizes:

4″X8″ which will allow up to three lines of print – 14 characters per line, including spaces

8″X8″ which will allow up to six lines of print – 14 characters per line, including spaces

The cost for the pavers is as follows:

4″X8″ = $ 50 each

8″X8″ = $100 each