Brookeland is located in the extreme southwestern part of Sabine County and was named for the John C. Brooke family. The first United States Post Office was established there in 1866 with John C. Brooke as the first postmaster.
The Gulf, Beaumont, and Great Northern Railway, which was constructed northward from Beaumont, passed through Brookeland in 1902 at which time the town became the first terminus in Sabine County for both passenger and rail service.
In 1902 a new town was laid out about one mile from Brookeland, and was named Weed in honor of the engineer who laid out the townsite. The new name was never popular and eventually both areas became known under the old name.
Brookeland State Bank was opened in 1910 and continued operation until 1933ï¿½ In addition to several retail businesses, a Ford automobile agency nourished there during the 1920s.