Airing of the Quilts in Smithville, TX

Be sure to visit Smithville November 7, 2009 because quilts will be on display all over town. Some will be for sale, but most will just be displayed. It will be a beautiful site and great photo opportunity.  This event is sponsored by the Smithville Business Association.  Smithville is located between Bastrop and LaGrange.  We are 43 miles East of Austin.

If you need a place to stay, check out our B and B.

Smithville Music Festival w/ Jimmie Vaughan


The town of Smithville, TX, is proud to announce the 1st Annual Smithville Music Festival on Saturday, November 7th, 2009.

The musical event is one of the largest in Smithville’s history. Four-time Grammy Award winner Jimmie Vaughan will headline. Also on the bill are honky tonk troubadour Dale Watson, jazz trumpeter Hannibal Lokumbe, a native of Smithville, the sensational Jones Family Singers from Bay City and many more.

“This will mark the inception of an annual music and arts festival that will continue to grow and join the ranks of the high caliber musical events known throughout Central Texas”, says, Adena Lewis, President of Smithville’s Chamber of Commerce.

The event will be held at Smithville’s beautiful Crockett Riverbend Park.

Food and beverages can be purchased throughout the day from various vendors. Participants are also welcome to camp on the grounds following the concert — those interested in camping must register on the festival website prior to the event.

Advance tickets, priced at $15, can be purchased at or via the festival website,  .

Proceeds from this event will go to Project Community, a non-profit effort based in Smithville that seeks to support Health, Education and Arts initiatives.

The Katy House B and B still has rooms!

B and B Guests loved the Float Trip on the Colorado River

Saturday, September 5,  7-11PM – McKinney Roughs Nature Park is having their “Light o’the Moon Float Trip.  How do you beat the heat and still get in some good times on the Colorado River? The Light o’the Moon fljoat trips begin with a sunset on the river, which is soon replaced by the cooler night air. Enjoy yourselp as your raft is gently guided down a moonlit stretch of tranquil river. Pre-registration is required, $50 per person, ages 7 and up. Call McKinney Roughs at 512 303-5073 to register.  The Park is about 18 miles West of Smithville.  These trips are planned around a full moon.  Guests of the Katy House that have taken this trip loved it and plan to take the trip again this fall.We love the Colorado River and this is a great trip. If you can not plan on going on this float trip, try to plan to go on another time!



Smithville, Tx Fly – In (airport 84R)

Smithville Chamber will host the 5th Annual Fly-In and Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, May 16, 2009. There will be a FFA Class for pilots at 11:00 am in the Pilot’s Lounge.  Fly into the Smithville Airport and have a great breakfast served by Smithville Chamber volunteers. A Smithville B and B will pick you up and bring you into downtown to see and shop historic Main.  Spend the night, enjoy a big breakfast and  you will be taken back out to your plane.

Or, if your plane is in the shop, come to Smithville by car and go out to the airport to watch the small planes land.  At sunrise, weather permitting, hot air balloons will take off. For more info call the Smithville Chamber at 51 237-2313 or the Katy House Bed and Breakfast at 512 237-4262.  

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We Love Smithville, Texas

The Smithville Chamber Banquet showed a video where they interviewed locals on why they loved Smithville.  There are a lot of neat photos of the beautiful homes here in Smithville. Look closely and you will see my grandparents home, and our home.  Here is the link to see the video on Loving Smithville. Looking at the photos you can see why film makers see the town full of sites for their movies. We are looking forward to the release of “Tree of Life,” starring Brad Pitt and Sean Penn in the fall of 2009.

Katy House and Smithville Gingerbread Video

How exciting! The Katy House is on YouTube.  One of the couples here for their anniversary, in December 2006, took lots of photos.  They stayed with us again, and Al put this slide show together and we uploaded it to YouTube. There are photos of Buddy and William and our Smithville Bed and Breakfast.  There are lots of photos of downtown Smithville, and the baking of the Giant Gingerbread Man.  That Gingerbread Cookie now holds the title of Guinness World Record Largest Gingerbread Man.    The Cookie mold now stands at the end of Main Street, next to the Smithville Chamber.  Click on the link below, or go to youtube and do a search for “Al and Sharron’s Visit”  (Sharron has two ‘r’s)

Are there any previous guests of ours that have videos on YouTube about your visit to Smithville? Please let me know.

Smithville’s Katy House celebrates Birthday

Our home is now 100 years old

and this is the Birthday Party invite.

The picture below is a postcard taken around 1911, just a few years after the home was built.

I am so glad the trees have grown, but it’s fun to see how it looked so long ago.



100 Years Old – Time to Celebrate!


The Chancellor House, a.k.a. the Katy House

Bed and Breakfast is 100 years old this year!


You’re invited to our Birthday Party.


The Smithville Area Chamber of Commerce Mixer

will help us celebrate on Thursday, May 21, 2009

201 Ramona, from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM.







Carol Snyder and David Herrington will be on hand to sign

their new book:  Smithville – Images of America.

Tom Tierney will be on hand with some of his paper doll books.


Go Wild in Smithville Texas

This will be a fun weekend in downtown Smithville.

 It’s called “An Annual Celebration for Perennial Shoppers

The Merchants in Historic Downtown invite you to visit the  antique shops on Main Street, Smithville, Texas, and receive FREE packets of wildflower seeds.  It starts Saturday, May 2, from 10-5 and on Sunday, May 3, 1-5.  You start at the Chamber office for your first seed packet and a map of the 19 participating shops. The Katy House is one of the participating places. We are passing out Red Poppy seeds.

Antique Store – Milk and Honey in Smithville

Milk And Honey
Milk And Honey

Milk & Honey on Main St

There is a great historic building on Main Street that has an antique store on the first floor and a beautiful large townhome on the second floor.  The front of the building has my family name on it.  It was probably built by my  great grandfather or my grandfather, Yerger Hill, in 1895.

This store is a favorite of our guests at the Bed and Breakfast.  It’s so much fun to tell our guests that shopping and dining are just a short walk from the B & B.

Milk & Honey Antiques, at 218 Main Street, Smithville, Texas specializes in objects and furniture that range from beautiful to bizarre. The collection includes European and American furniture,antique and fine jewelry, oriental carpets, books, vintage clothing, pharmaceutical collectables, kitchen collectables and a large variety of “mantiques” such as fishing and hunting items.  Their hours are 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM Wednesday through Saturday and 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM Sunday.  Be sure to include this shop as you tour our beautiful town. Sallie Blalock

Texas Tea PAPERDOLL PARTY in Smithville

Local Paper Doll Maker, Tom Tierney, is having a Paper Doll Party, March 7, 2009, from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM.  The party will be at the historic 1887 building at 216 Main Street, Smithville, Texas. The building was probably designed by the same architect that designed the Chancellor House, 201 Ramona Street (now the Katy House Bed & Breakfast.

Join Tom Tierney in his studio, the Shangri-La Emporium for a day of Paperdoll fun!  There will be Sales Tables, Show & Tell, and Surprises!

Bring your favorite or new paper dolls for show & tell.

A $10 fee will cover lunch, refreshments and handouts.  Please register by March 1st. Call Katherine Keene at (210) 912-3150 or email Bev Micucci at