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
up in North
Texas was already using the name so they quickly changed three
letters and resubmitted their application.
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.
Cotton cultivation 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 1,451 Grapelanders -
the same number reported on the 2000 map of Texas.
In area settled
about 1850. Founded 1872 by International & Great Northern Railway
investors. Named for rank wild grapevines. Post office opened May
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
Oil and 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.
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. more
tie yard near Grapeland
Solved by Bob Bowman ("Bob Bowman's East Texas")
They solved 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...
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: Denis1146@aol.com
My 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
I 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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