Riverview at Hobson Grove hosts several public and private events throughout the year. Please contact (270) 843-5565 to verify fees, dates, and times and to make reservations.
Timeless Manners for Children
The Timeless Manners Committee conducts a four week Timeless Manners class for second, third, and fourth grade children on Sunday afternoons during mid-January through February. Participants will learn about basic etiquette including introductions, table setting, dining etiquette, telephone etiquette, the importance of thank-you notes, and more. The classes will culminate with a special meal where the participants will be able to practice all they have learned.
Victorian Holiday Tours
Starting the Tuesday before Thanksgiving until Christmas, visitors to Riverview are transported back in time to Christmas 1890 in the setting of Atwood and Julia Hobson's three-story Italianate home. Inside the doors, one can enjoy the sights of natural and hand-made decorations including paper roses. The parlor is outfitted with the 19th century holiday rage: the quaint and breath-taking Christmas tree, complete with antique decorations and toys. The table is set for holiday guests in the elegant Dining Room with special Victorian decorations.
Throughout the house, visitors will learn of Victorian Christmas customs such as the "Cobweb Party," the "Wonder Ball," and the "Blind Man's Stocking", and how many of our modern traditions stem from 19th century ideas. All tours are fully guided to insure a memorable experience.
One weekend each year during the holiday season, Riverview is open to the public at night. Experience the sights, sounds and fragrances of a Victorian Christmas as you tour the house by candlelight and lamplight. Throughout the house, visitors will learn of Victorian Christmas customs while seeing them through the eyes of times past by candlelight.
Derby Party (for members only)
*Note that Riverview is located in the Central Time Zone.
Historic Riverview at Hobson Grove is available for use by the community for various purposes as approved by the Hobson House Commission. However, the mission of Riverview as an historic museum, seeking to preserve the property and educate visitors about the Victorian era and lifestyle, shall always be the first priority. Appropriate rental functions may consist of weddings, receptions, teas, picnics, wedding or baby showers, birthday or anniversary celebrations and professional photography sittings.
Indoor functions are limited to the public areas in the basement. No food is allowed on the upper floors of the House. Guests will only be allowed upstairs as part of a tour accompanied by a docent or the Director. Outdoor events should always be planned with an alternate location in case of inclement weather. Please contact the Director at (270) 843-5565 regarding rental policies and applications.