On Poesta Creek, the town was originally named Maryville for the only survivor of a family killed in 1853. It was renamed "Beeville-on-the-Poesta." It is home to Coastal Bend College. Hunters take deer, wild turkey, quail, dove, hogs and javelina in the area when in season. In the spring, birders can spot a variety of species at Veterans Memorial Park while enjoying wildflowers that cover the area.