Historic Sealy


Sealy's Deep Historic Roots

To the northeast of Sealy, along the Mill creek, stood Cummings Mill, the first water-powered mill in Texas (1826). 
Trenckman's Austin County states the Cummings Mill sawed from the trunks of virgin forest the lumber to build San Felipe.

Five miles east of Sealy along I-10, the Brazos River would guide steamboats carrying cotton
from the plantations to the North.  The famous "Yellowstone" steamboat which carried Sam Houston
and his troops across to Groces Landing would also carry the body of Stephen F. Austin to his burial place at Peach Point.

To the southeast of I-10, at the Brazos, lies the site of Button Willow Lake. 
Legend states that this is the site where Santa Anna buried two cannons filled with gold before marching on to San Jacinto.

A prehistoric aboriginal cemetery dating back to 2600 B.C., The Ernest Witte Site, had been unearthed along the Brazos River
near Sealy. The site is now known as "Texas' Oldest Human Cemetery."


Sealy Cemetery
In 1879, the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway Company agent, George Sealy, purchased 11,635 acres at the location of the current Sealy cemetery from the Township of San Felipe de Austin for the purpose of establishing a railroad depot. The village of Sealy soon developed around the depot and on July 5, 1883, the cemetery recorded its first burial here-that of Annie Fowlkes.

Families that settled in Sealy purchased cemetery plots directly from the railroad until the company donated the land to cemetery trustees, C. H. Ruff, R. P. Josey and John Hackbarth in 1887.

The Sealy cemetery association was founded sometime prior to 1898 and officially chartered in 1924.  The ladies of the cemetery society, organized in 1904, helped the association cultivate community support to upgrade and maintain the cemetery.


St. John's Episcopal Church
Organized in 1885, five years after the railroad town of Sealy was founded, St. John's has served the community with worship and outreach programs. Among the church's many supporters was railroad official George Sealy, for whom the town was named and who served on the missionary board of the Episcopal Dioceses of Texas. The congregation's first building, erected two blocks north of this site in 1889, was destroyed in the hurricane of 1900. A new church structure was erected at it's current location in 1910.

Southwest Czech Presbytery
The Southwest Czech Presbytery was organized in the Czech Presbyterian Church in Sealy, Texas on November 3, 1911, by authority of the Synod of Texas. There were then four Presbyterian parishes and eight ministers in this body using the Czech language.


Call us at 979-885-3222 for more detailed information about our area history.


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