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
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 ...
(Wednesday and Saturday mornings)
Big Spring Festival
Car Show & Cruise
Arts & Crafts Fair
Fall Festival & Lamplighter Tours
Spring Creek Festival