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Belleview

Marion County

Year Founded: 1885

History

An early settler, John P. Pelot, founded Belleview in the spring of 1884. The village was originally known as Longswamp to some and Roach Pond to others. Belleview, meaning “beautiful view,” was named for Mr. Pelot’s daughter Belle. Belleview was incorporated on May 4, 1885 by special act of the Legislature. In 1886, a library was established, making it one of the oldest libraries in Florida. The original stone structure still houses the present library. From the start Belleview was a modern village with many ordinances governing the citizens, i.e., hogs were not allowed to run the streets and sanitary regulations were enforced. In 1911, Belleview boasted two hotels, two churches, two halls, a Masonic Temple, a railway depot, a post office, two sawmills, an ice and gristmill, a fence factory and a moss-ginning mill.

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