Archive for April, 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.


Katy House sent items to Presidential Library

The Bush Library and Museum, in College Station, borrowed over 20 railroad items from the Katy House for a 6 month exhibit on Railroading last year.   Our Ragsdale clock was displayed in a large exhibit explaining timekeeping with running the railroads years ago.  Ragsdale Jeweler, on Main Street, in Smithville, was the official watch inspector for the M.K.&T.R.R.

Bruce and Sallie in front of display on Railroading timekeeping

Bruce and Sallie in front of display on Railroading timekeeping