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|
May 21th: Tea-zy event, 3:00pm - 5:00pm. State Street Stroll from the 1100 -1500th blocks. Home owners will share the histories of their houses from the porch. Tickets may be bought at the top and bottom of State Street. Tickets are $10 per person or $15 per couple. Organized by Daniel Curry.
June 14th: Civil War General U S Grant speaks at the Kirby Branch of the Warren County Public Library at 6:30. Free.
June 18th: Painting Class 5:00-7:00, call for details!
June 26th: at 2:00 Historian Susan Farmer makes a presentation on Confederate Nurses. Free.
July 19th: Bowling Green Civil War Roundtable at 7:00. Nancy Richey will discuss how to research Civil War Soldiers. People who have ancestors who fought on either side of the war are invited to briefly (3minutes) discuss their relative. Free.
July 25-28: Timeless Manners for Children. 10:00-12:30 Cost $75.00 per child.