Riverview at Hobson Grove
Riverview at Hobson Grove is the Italianate home of Atwood and Juliet "Julia" van Meter Hobson, was so named because of its proximity to the Barren River. Construction of the hilltop home began in the late 1850s, but was temporarily halted by the Civil War. The partially completed home became a munitions magazine while the Confederates held Bowling Green during the winter of 1861-62. Riverview was finally completed in 1872 and became a centerpiece to the surrounding 400-acre horse and cattle farm.
This historic house museum is currently interpreted to represent the Victorian Period of 1860 to 1890 in south central Kentucky. The house has several features of Italianate architecture including rounded arches at the top of all exterior windows, deep eaves around the roofline with ornamental brackets, and the cupola on the top of the house. Other unique features of the house include the painted ceilings in two parlors downstairs and two early "green" innovations including a water recycling system to provide water to the upstairs water closet, and an oculus as part of the home's ventilation system. Visitors enjoy seeing both the Victorian decoration in the downstairs public areas of the house and the comfortable family areas upstairs.
Riverview at Hobson Grove is the only non-profit historic house museum in south central Kentucky. A site on the Civil War Discovery Trail and listed on the National Register, Riverview began providing tours of this historic structure in 1972. Established to preserve the house's architectural and historic heritage and to educate visitors about its significance in the south central area since the Civil War, Riverview hosts several private and public events throughout the year. Besides educational community outreach programming for all ages, the staff and volunteers support Riverview and its special events including special Christmas tours and teas among other popular favorites. Please consider becoming a member of the Friends of Riverview or a volunteer to help continue the success of Riverview and its mission.
Hours of Operation
|Tuesday - Saturday||10:00am - 4:00pm|
|Sunday||1:00pm - 4:00pm|
|* Last tour begins at 3:00pm|
Fall Speaker Series: Historian Lynn Niedermeier
September 11, 2016 at 2:00pm
Historian Lynn Niedermeier discusses Potter College for Young Ladies - now home to Western Kentucky University. Refreshments afterward with a chance to speak to Ms. Niedermeier. Lynn works in the Manuscript and Folklife portion of the WKU 's Library's Special Collections. Free.
Fall Speaker Series: Dr. Selena Sanderfer
October 16, 2016 at 2:00pm
Title: “A Country Where They Can Be Free: Kentuckians and Colonization in Liberia, 1830-1855” Dr. Selena Sanderfer will discuss the African colonization movement in Kentucky with an emphasis on the south central region. Under the auspices of organizations such as the Kentucky Colonization Society, formerly enslaved and free blacks could choose to leave the state and immigrate to Liberia. Dr. Sanderfer is a history professor at Western Kentucky University. Refreshments afterward. Free.
Christmas Open House
November 17th, 2016 from 11:00am - 3:00pm
Come and enjoy treats and shop for Christmas. Several local vendors will be here! The house is decorated for the holidays. Free.
December 10, 2016 from 4:30pm - 7:30pm
Riverview is open for Christmas and no charge for entry to the house. Costumed interpreters offer info on Victorian Christmas traditions. Refreshments. Free.
Tea with Mrs. Claus
December 14, 2016 at 4:15pm
Children have the opportunity to listen to Mrs. Claus and then enjoy treats with her. Sometimes there is a surprise visit from her husband. $20.00 per child. Reservations required.