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This page is dedicated to Bellefonte PA, a wonderful home town.
Enclosed are various pictures, land marks, and familiar places 
in and around Victorian Bellefonte.

The Big Spring


Court House Cupola


Nittany Valley CC




Nestled in the Nittany Valley is the charming Victorian town of Bellefonte, PA. 
In the 70th installation of the Our Town series, viewers can hear tales from 
longtime residents and new community members about what makes 
this Centre County community home.
 Watch the live broadcasts-when available-online at wpsu.org
(Submitted by Beanie Fahr Hersh)

PIX by Stroade Shay   

                         About Bellefonte, Pennsylvania

      Bellefonte is sometimes known as Central Pennsylvania's "Victorian Secret." The town was named by the French aristocrat Talleyrand after his visit in the early 1800s. "La BelleFontaine" was a name he used to describe the beauty of the Big Spring, and today the borough bears the name, Bellefonte.

       Bellefonte was the home of seven of Pennsylvania's governors and is a show place for Victorian and ante-bellum architecture. The Big Spring is the source of more than 11 million gallons of  water daily.

      Located in Centre County, Bellefonte is its County Seat. "Centre County was created by a State legislative bill on Feb. 13, 1800 -- A date representing the existence of the county into its present boundries. Bellefonte historian, J. Thomas Mitchell, wrote that the county was taken from Mifflin and Lycoming counties, although Northumberland and and Huntington counties claimed parts of its Southern and Western borders."

Excerpts from an article written by Jack Yeager
(Centre Daily Times Staff  Writer)


Lois Gordon '50

"Bellefonte" my beloved home,
No other place will I roam.
I love its scenery with its hills,
And the post office from which come our bills.
The big red school house not far away,
Where we walk two times a day.
Our parents say we go for a rest,
But we usually leave feeling tired and distressed.
The beautiful courthouse in the center of town,
By its beautiful appearance can easily be found.
And not far behind is the jail,
Which some people use for a hotel.
The gorgeous spring noted for fame,
From which "Bellefonte" received its name.
And going along on the very same route,
We can see the "Big Spring Trout".
High above this little town, Half Moon Hill can be found.
Where people go in their car
(and not to view the scenery near and far).
Bellefonte is certainly beautiful and entirely safe and sound --???
But at any rate I do believe, she deserves ...
A Big Golden Crown.


Popular Community Activities ...

Farmers' Market
(Wednesday and Saturday mornings)

Big Spring Festival

Victorian Christmas

Car Show & Cruise

Arts & Crafts Fair

Fall Festival & Lamplighter Tours

Spring Creek Festival