City of the Sand Flats." Houston
County, East Texas
Gateway to Houston County Lake
Highways 287 and 19 and FM 227
8 miles S of Elkhart
19 miles S of Palestine
miles N of Crockett
in a Pecan Shell|
Grapeland was originally called Grapevine
and was an important East Texas crossroads.
It served as a mail exchange point on the Crockett-Palestine
In 1872 the Houston and Great Northern Railroad built through the
county. They signed over a 640-acre tract of land to the New York and Texas Land
Company to be developed as a townsite. When the town applied for a post office
in 1873 they were given the sad news that a
town up in North Texas
was already using the name so they quickly changed three letters and resubmitted
With its depot - Grapeland was soon an important shipping
point for cotton. Before 1910, Grapeland had
over 400 citizens two gins, five stores and a newspaper.
The town lost
fifteen wooden structures in its business section in 1913 - but rebuilt with brick
almost immediately. Cotton, lumbering and ranching
were the towns major economic engines and in the 1920s Grapeland's population
reached nearly 1,200.
declined and was replaced with peanuts (of all things). Oil and gas discoveries
in the 30s helped the town through the Great Depression.
Due to growth
in the 1970s and early 1980s, Grapeland's population reached new heights - and
by 1990 there were 1,450 Grapelanders - the same number reported on the 2004 map
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area settled about 1850. Founded 1872 by International & Great Northern Railway
investors. Named for rank wild grapevines. Post office opened May 26, 1873.
Log schoolhouse, used also for church services, was first public building. Disciples
of Christ and Methodists erected first church buildings. Business section was
rebuilt of brick after 1913 fire. Town was incorporated 1924.
gas, produced since 1936, enrich and economy based on peanuts, ranching,
truck crops, cotton, and manufacturing. Town
is now known as gateway to the 1500-acre Houston County Lake.
Cemetery has long since been the most talked about haunted place in Grapeland.
The historical cemetery is nestled beneath the pines and giant cedars, in the
bend of a deep sandy road, where only a few rays of sunshine can peer through
in the evenings... Many 100-year-old tombstones are scattered about the property.
tie yard near Grapeland|
Solved by Bob Bowman ("Bob Bowman's East Texas")
a big mystery near Grapeland, in Houston County, a few weeks ago. Yep, the lingering
mystery of the purple deer droppings has been unraveled...
Trot by Mike Cox ("Texas Tales" Column)
... Since 1913,
Grapeland has tried at least three different festivals... more
Texas Forum Subject:
The Beautiful People of Grapeland
I am not from Grapeland, but visited when my step-mother was laid to rest on Tuesday,
July 31, 2007. I traveled 3 hours to attend the service. I was not looking forward
to this because we had already had 4 funerals this year, one of which was my son.
I came to Grapeland, expecting a small town and not a lot of friendly people.
What I found was a huge and wonderful surprise. When we lined up to take my step-mother
to her final resting spot, I saw cars moving to the side of the road and stopping,
I saw the people in some of the cars bowing their heads. I was so moved by this
I was in tears. They were paying respects to a person they didn't even know. They
had shown the ultimate respect to my step-mother - more than I could have ever
wished for. I did not get the same respect for my son when he passed. I want to
let everyone in Grapeland know that I will always call Grapeland my second home.
My father is there still and I can understand why they lived so far away... Grapeland
is God's Country. It is Texas' finest. The people are so nice you want to call
them family and hug them tightly. I have never seen a more beautiful place because
of the people. Thank you Grapeland, for respecting my family. I hold you near
to my heart always. I will be back to visit as soon as I can! - Irene Weedman,
LaMarque, Texas, August 01, 2007
Two Gentlemen of Grapeland
I very much remember Grapeland as a child approx 5 or 6 years in this town. My
daddy worked at Brimberrys's grocery store in the market area and my sister and
I loved going to see where he worked. My dad was a very friendly and honest type
of guy. He never met a stranger. His name was Tommie Pouncy, now deceased. My
grandfather worked for years at the Baptist church up near the main highway. He
was a very quiet, religious man. We never, ever, heard him use any type of profanity.
These two gentlemen were perfect role models for all us kids, especially during
a time when they could have had a different attitude about life. I have been living
in Dallas since. We (my family and I) still visit Grapeland now and then.- Eliza
Wilson, Dallas, Texas, January 14, 2007
CLARENCE RAY CHAFFIN
Can you please help me? I'm trying to find the family
of Clarence Ray Chappin. He was killed in action in Vietnam on 10/29/68 and was
from Grapeland. We would like to get a picture of Clarence for our memorial page,
and for the Vietnam Memorial Wall. I served with the 1/5 Mech, 25th Inf Div. as
did Clarence. There is only one Chaffin listed in the white pages and that number
is out of order. Ive tried everything to find his family with no luck. I would
appreciate your help. Thank you - Denis McDonough July 21, 2006 Email:
name is Lisa and I am from Nottingham, England. I had the pleasure of visiting
Grapeland in April of 2001. I stayed with the Beazley family as I visited their
beloved son Napoleon [who was] on death row and is no longer with us (God rest
his soul). I would just like to say that my son Dale and I had a fantastic time
in Grapeland and the people were so friendly and helpful. I just want to say that
I think Grapeland is a lovely place and the people are great. I hope it won't
be too long before my son and I can come visit Grapeland again. Thank you for
your time. - Lisa Baguley, Nottingham, England, April 15, 2006
am trying to speak with anyone in Grapeland about a Cemetery called Mackleroy.
It is old and abandoned but I have found through genealogy research that some
of my GGGrandparent are buried there. They were Weisingers who came to Grapeland
from Alabama around the 1850s. I had a general direction that this was located
somewhere on FM1272 out 9 miles ESE of Antrim cemetery. I went there on Thanksgiving
day but what houses were there, people were gone and there was no one to ask.
Any information on better directions would be greatly appreciated. - Jerry
Martin, December 26, 2005
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