About Us

History of the House and Its Owners

Hi!  We are Lee and Pen Anderson, suburban Chicago sisters who escaped to Texas years ago and found a home.  Lee married Bobby Dabbs, a good ol' Texas boy, and Pen married John Galbraith, from the mountains of north Georgia.  Together, we are the enthusiastic new owners of the River House in Smithville, Texas.

Texas is growing and changing.  But Smithville, less than an hour southeast of Austin's vibrant night life, with its quaint shops, restaurants and historic buildings, is one of those small Texas towns that has retained its charm and appeal.  The Colorado River meanders past our River House as it flows to the Gulf of Mexico.

Give yourself a gift and bring your family and friends to the River House.  Come with your fishing gear, canoe or kayak, ready for fun on the river.  Experience the beauty and tranquility of the pecan grove and the Colorado River.  Watch the sunset off our balconies.  Or decompress and do nothing at all.