Welcome to Beeville!

The beautiful South Texas town of Beeville has a way of charming a person. This could be because of the historic brick storefronts that line the main street of downtown, the array of shops that delightfully display one of a kind gifts, the antique shops that boasts treasures of yesteryear or maybe it’s the people you meet in Beeville that greet you like long lost friends.

Beeville is the gateway to South Texas Brush Country. Its rural setting makes it a prime location for bird watching, wildlife photography, and hunting.  Beeville enjoys the great outdoors through the nine community parks with playgrounds, golfing, walking trails, skate park, municipal pool, and the green fields for football, baseball, and soccer. Annual events showcase our cultural diversity such as Western Week Celebration, Spring Fest, Diez y Seis Festival, and Bee County Junior Livestock and Homemakers Show. Beeville was once home for the Naval Air Station Training Center, Chase Field. Beeville’s military pride can be seen in the eleven memorials throughout the city.

The Beeville Main Street program was awarded as an accredited National Main Street and Texas Main Street City in 2017 & 2018.  We were the first city in Texas to become an affiliate of Bee City USA. Bee City USA program endorses a set of commitments for creating and preserving sustainable pollinator habitats. Coastal Bend College is a Bee Campus under Bee City USA as well. I know you are thinking that Beeville was named after those beloved pollinators, but the answer is no. Beeville and Bee County is named after Barnard E. Bee, Sr. who had served as Secretary of State and Secretary of War for the Republic of Texas. Come to Beeville to enjoy the fruits of beekeeping… the local honey.

Beeville conveys culture, heritage, and education through the state-of-the-art Joe Barnhart Bee County Library; see the exhibits from artists across Texas at the Beeville Art Museum; and the legacy of Dr. Barnhart through the Joe Barnhart Scholarship Foundation. Beeville has a large place in history from entertaining President Bush on hunting trips to having a famous sculptor best known for his work completing Mount Rushmore Monument as one of our former City Councilmen. The Bee County Historical Commission, the McClanahan House, the Hall Rialto Foundation, and the Berclair Mansion help preserve moments in time. The community college, Coastal Bend College, started its main campus in Beeville in 1967 as Bee County College and since then serves a district over 9,000 square miles in four campuses.

Beeville has evolved into a regional retail, entertainment, hotel, and restaurant hub for surrounding communities. Beeville is centrally located between San Antonio and Corpus Christi and from Houston to Laredo at the crossroads of US 59 and 181, near US 37. The town hosts a variety of unique shops and businesses. Sip hot tea at the Box of Chocolates. Shop for perfect unique gifts or that one of kind outfit at the Wicker Basket, Glamour Bee, or Triple VVV. Stop by Hattie & Hazels for their extraordinary meals, taste the flavor of South Texas at the Bomb BBQ and then visit Coastal Bend Distilling for locally crafted spirits to quench your thirst.

Beeville’s plentiful wildlife, quaint gifts downtown, and South Texas hospitality make it a place to stop and stay a while. Come and “bee” yourself in Beeville; we are your hometown.

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More about the Beeville Main Program

Mission Statement
Beeville Main Street will use the Four-Point Approach to Revitalization- Economic Vitality, Design, Promotion and Organization to bring the community and visitors to downtown to gather, shop, work and enjoy; to restore the vitality within the downtown district and create community pride through family activities and cultural events; produce cooperation and community leadership; and to preserve, protect and enhance our unique historic downtown district.

Vision Statement
The Beeville Main Street Program envisions downtown as the heart of the community; presenting a small town atmosphere and providing hospitality and sharing community values; offering business diversity through economic development while enhancing quality of life for expressing our culture and history of the past and celebration of the future through exciting community entertainment and shopping opportunities.

Core Values
Integrity, Communication, Diversity, Commitment, and Creativity

What is a Main Street Program?
The program is part of the Texas Main Street Program under the Texas Historical Commission. Beeville became an official Texas Main Street City in 2006.

The Main Street Four-Point Approach to downtown revitalization within the context of historic preservation has been successful in more than 1,200 towns and cities across the country. View 4-Point Approach

The Main Street program also makes the following services available to downtown businesses:

  • Design assistance such as architectural site visits

  • Interior design and window display assistance

  • Visual merchandising assistance

"Preserving the Past while Encouraging BOLD Innovation"

Small Business Support

Small businesses are the engines driving economic development. Beeville Main Street is committed to serving the small business community. Beeville Main Street partners with the City of Beeville, Tax Increment Finance, Beeville Economic Improvement Corporation,  Bee County Chamber of Commerce and Bee County to support businesses in Beeville.

How can Beeville Main Street support you as a small business owner?

Retail Space- Beeville Main Street maintains a comprehensive database of available retail space through Downtowntx.org. 

Safe & Clean- Beeville Main Street focuses on keeping downtown clean and friendly for you and your customers. Beeville Main Street maintains landscaping and seasonal decorations and conducts annual sidewalk improvements through the Tax Increment Finance. Free Public Parking available west of Washington Street.

Marketing- Beeville Main Street promotes downtown through Small Business Saturday, newspaper advertisements, websites, and social media sharing. 

 

 

Friends of the Rialto...

Join Beeville Main Street and other friends of the Rialto as we tackle improvement projects to continue the restoration and preservation of the Rialto. We are seeking volunteers and donations of supplies/ services to assist with the improvement projects. To volunteer your time or services, please call Beeville Main Street at 361-358-4641.

 

A Wildlife Photography Festival in an Ideal Location   A close look at the South Texas Brush Country reveals a surprisingly complex and diverse environment filled with animal and plant richness found nowhere else north of Mexico. Known as the South Texas Plains, the brush country has the highest recorded number of bird species in Texas, and by extension, the highest avian richness in the United States. Complementing the birds are some of the strangest and most interesting plants, reptiles, and insects to be found in North America.  What an incredible place for wildlife photography! A group of award-winning wildlife photographers and master naturalists, together with the Bee County Chamber of Commerce and local ranch owners, have put together a learning adventure and outdoor experience that will last a lifetime. Come join us March 15-17, 2018 for the   Brush Country Photo Safari     and take home memories you’ll treasure forever.  www.brushcountryphotosafari.com

A Wildlife Photography Festival in an Ideal Location

A close look at the South Texas Brush Country reveals a surprisingly complex and diverse environment filled with animal and plant richness found nowhere else north of Mexico. Known as the South Texas Plains, the brush country has the highest recorded number of bird species in Texas, and by extension, the highest avian richness in the United States. Complementing the birds are some of the strangest and most interesting plants, reptiles, and insects to be found in North America.

What an incredible place for wildlife photography! A group of award-winning wildlife photographers and master naturalists, together with the Bee County Chamber of Commerce and local ranch owners, have put together a learning adventure and outdoor experience that will last a lifetime. Come join us March 15-17, 2018 for the Brush Country Photo Safari and take home memories you’ll treasure forever.

www.brushcountryphotosafari.com