Beeville is a city in Bee County, Texas. It is the county seat of Bee County and home to the main campus of Coastal Bend College. Many of the stately homes, commercial buildings, and schools in the area, including the Bee County Courthouse, were designed by architect William Charles Stephenson, who came to Beeville in 1908 from Buffalo, New York. Beeville is a National Main Street City. Gutzon Borglum, the sculptor of Mount Rushmore, and son Lincoln, took up residence in the city during the time Rushmore was being sculpted.
The original site on the Poesta River was first settled by the Burke, Carroll and Heffernan families in the 1830s. Present-day Beeville was established on a 150-acre land donation made by Ann Burke in May 1859 after the Republic of Texas was annexed by the United States. It was first named “Maryville” for pioneer Mary Heffernan.
It was renamed “Beeville” after Barnard E. Bee, Sr., who had served as Secretary of State and Secretary of War for the Republic of Texas. It was called “Beeville-on-the-Poesta”, with a nearby community “Beeville-on-the-Medio” seven miles (11 km) to the west. The first post office opened in 1859. Read more
This Yelp-driven page will help you find what you need while in Beeville. Hosted on the web site of the Beeville La Quinta Inn & Suites (our secondary host hotel), this page can help you find close by restaurants, coffee & tea, gas stations, and everything (really – check out the last tab).
One of the best places to get information about local events and businesses is the Bee County Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center. They have lots of fliers and handouts, free bird checklists, and friendly faces. They are a big supporter of the Photo Safari so please mention that you are with the event. 1705 N. St. Mary’s Street, Beeville, TX 78102, (361) 358-3267. http://experiencebeecounty.org/
The Beeville Art Museum is a teaching museum, dedicated to providing educational programs and activities designed to stimulate the imaginations of young people. The museum provides enrichment of the cultural life of the community through the concept of art and art education as a positive force in the development of creative skills and thought. To that end, the museum is committed to providing exhibitions featuring works of renowned artists and collections from museums, galleries and private collections from across the state. The Art Museum is located at 410 E. Fannin St., Beeville, Texas (361) 358-8615. http://bamtexas.org/
Coastal Bend College is a community college committed to delivering superb educational and life enriching opportunities to its students and the communities it serves. The College is a leader in providing quality education by dedicating its resources to promoting a learning-centered environment that empowers its students to reach their highest potential and become responsible members of the global community. The College is located at 3800 Charco Road, Beeville, TX, 78102, (866)-722-2838 http://coastalbend.edu/