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Anglo-American settlement began here in the 1820s when Stephen F. Austin's colony was founded a few miles to the northeast. The town was named after George Sealy, a director of the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railroad. The community is rich in Anglo, Czech and German heritage.
The historic downtown features eateries and shops in the 1880s brick buildings. A self-guided driving tour features historic homes, businesses, churches and the home of the original Sealy Mattress. The old mattress factory has much of the same machinery and equipment from the early 1900s. Tours of the factory can be arranged through the convention and visitors bureau. 979/885-3222.
A number of farms raising horses of all sizes, including miniature horses, accept visitor appointments for ranch tours. For information, contact the convention and visitors bureau.