City Highlight – Belleville

Get to know another beautiful city in Wayne County.

Belleville became a village in 1905 and was named in honor of a local landowner, James Bell. The name is also a play on the French word for “beautiful town,” belle ville. Before becoming it’s own village, Belleville was a part of Van Buren Township. It’s largest industry was lumber and there were saw mills along the shore of the river. In 1946, Belleville became a city.

As a way for farmers to celebrate their strawberry crops, Belleville hosts the National Strawberry Festival every year. This national festival takes place on the third weekend in June and goes for three days. It’s a great opportunity to buy all sorts of strawberry treats and enjoy entertainment.

Fun Fact: Due to having been the home of The Belleville Three, Belleville is sometimes referred to as the birthplace of techno music.

Places to go in Belleville:

  • Yankee Air Museum
    47884 D St, Belleville

The Yankee Air Museum provides unique historical and educational experiences through aviation, military, and home-front history, such as local history focused on the Willow Run B-24 Bomber Plant. Explore the many exhibits within the museum, as well as a vast static aircraft collection ranging from World War I to the Vietnam era.

  • Turtle Cove Family Aquatic Center
    17845 Savage Road, Belleville

This water park features two waterslides, a kid’s sprayscape with a 300-gallon dumping bucket, a lazy river and a zero-depth-entry pool with lap lanes. Turtle Cove Family Aquatic Center is open Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day.


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