Sealy is a market and manufacturing center in southeastern Austin County. The Anglo-American settlement began in the 1820s when Stephen F. Austin's colony was founded a few miles to the northeast. When the railroads arrived they began shipping produce of local farmers and ranchers. The town was named after George Sealy, a director of the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railroad. The community is rich with its Anglo, Czech, and German heritage.
A self-guided driving tour features historic homes, businesses, churches, and the home of the original Sealy Mattress.
A number of farms raise horses of all sizes, including miniature horses. They accept visitors for tours of the ranches with appointments. Several golf courses provide year round golfing. For information and schedules, contact the convention and visitors bureau's visitor center.