Welcome to Smithville!
Smithville is perhaps best known as the home of "Hope Floats" the 1998 movie starring Sandra Bullock, Harry Connick Jr. and Gena Rowlands. It was also the location for "Tree of Life", starring Brad Pitt and Sean Penn, filmed in 2008.
Smithville Facts and Features
- Smithville's early growth was attributed mainly to the Taylor, Bastrop and Houston Railroad (later purchased by the M-K-T), which brought its first passenger train through Smithville in 1886. The railroad presence has been integral to the community ever since, and a railroad museum and park were established in Smithville in 1991.
- Our natural features make it a "must ride destination" for bicyclists, whether if is through the oak-lined streets of town or the beautifully wooded, winding roads of Buesher State Park. Sitting high atop the banks of the Colorado River, Smithville is also a popular choice for kayakers.
- Smithville touts a variety of histroric bed & breakfast inns, charming downtown shops including art and antique dealers, and restaurants ranging from gourmet dining to Texas' best bar-b-que.
- Known as "The Heart of the Megalopolis" due to its centrality to Austin, Houston, San Antonio, and Bryan/College Station, Smithville's rich legacy si displayed at the Heritage House Museum.
- Our town earned the Guiness Book of World Records award for baking the "World's Largest Gingerbread Man." The creation, which was baked over hot coals during Smithville's annual Festival of Lights celebration in 2006, weighed 1,308 pounds, 8 ounces.
- Smithville was the first town in Texas to be named "Film and Family Friendly" by the Texas Film Commision.