Street Address
602 Main Street
Smithville, TX 78957
Mailing Address
PO Box 332
Smithville, TX 78957
phone: 512-237-4545
Tuesday10 AM - 12 PM
Carol Snyder, President


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The society was organized in 1975. A house built in 1908 was donated to the society so that artifacts and archives could be stored and displayed. Several years later, a metal building was built in the backyard to actually store the archives and provide office space.

Artifacts Collections

Farming & ranching tools, barb wire collection - late 1800's to 1970's (small collection)

Sewing - 1910's to present (small collection)

Cooking, miscellaneous utensils - 1900 to 1950's (small collection)

Iron collection - 1800's to 1950's (decent sized collection)

Carpenter's tools - 1920's (small collection)

Furniture - early 1900's to present

Photos of business district - early 1900 to present (good collection)

Research Collections

The museum collects its local newspaper; any family geneology; family biographies; local MKT RR history, including employment records and lodge books from the railroad; school history;club and organizations in town plus church histories. The museum also has some local military history. The museum also includes small surrounding towns in its archives. This section includes photos from all the above categories. The museum also gathers business histories.

Available for research.

Educational Programs

School tours; tours of historic residential and commercial districts.


Access: General Public, Students, Scholars, Members

Appointment required: No


Publications dealing with the museum's collections include Smithville Then & now, a 288-page book that chronicles the history of the downtown business district to 1995. Most of the photos in the museum that showed the commercial buildings were included in this publication.

Newsletter - 2 per year

Also the museum places an article in the local newspaper each month to let the public know what is happening at the museum.

  • Quarterly Newsletter


Wheelchair Accessible