Monday, August 27, 2012

Welcome to Bellville, Ohio!

It was a warm day in June that Mimsie and I ventured north to visit Bellville - a charming community on State Route 13 as you head toward Mansfield. It is not far from Lucas, Ohio - site of Malabar Farm where Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall were famously married in 1945. 

 Bellville's charming Main Street is lined with gracious homes f and quaint shops brimful with relics from days gone by. 

Hop one road west to Bell Street and find an array of older homes with well-tended gardens, waving flags, and inviting porches. 

Bell Street also houses the Post Office and Library. The mural below was done by students from the Columbus College of Art and Design (CCAD). It depicts rural Ohio in its progression through the four seasons and is really quite impressive to behold. Across from the mural is a large alcove with tables and magazines. I enjoyed cozying up over here as there was a plethora of arts and crafts periodicals including the latest crochet magazines. Quite impressive for such a small town!

Even though my sweet summer time is over and gone, I look forward to continuing to share with you about the other small towns Mimsie and I were able to explore, so stay tuned! :-)