Originally called Grapevine because of the wild grapes in the area, Grapeland became the town's official name in 1873.
Several parks offer fishing, swimming and picnicking. Salmon Lake Park has RV hookups and cabins. (936/687-2594, www.salmonlakepark.com.)
During World War II, peanuts were the primary agricultural product--later replaced by watermelons. The Peanut Festival is held in October.