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Riverview at Hobson Grove


Riverview at Hobson Grove, also known as Riverview or as Hobson House, is a historic home with classic Italianate architecture located near Glasgow. Its construction started in the 1850s but was interrupted by the Civil War. Restored as representative of the Victorian period, it is the centerpiece of Hobson Grove Park. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.

Riverview at Hobson Grove was built as the home of Atwood Gaines Hobson and his wife Juliet "Julia" on a small promontory. It was named because of its proximity to and overview of the Barren River. Construction on the house started in the 1850s but was halted due to the outbreak of the Civil War. The house was finally completed in 1872.

The Hobson family and their descendants lived in the house until 1952. After having a string of various successive tenants and being damaged by fire, the structure was abandoned and condemned in 1965. The city of Bowling Green purchased the property with the intent of demolishing the house and building a golf course. The house was saved when a non-profit organization, the Hobson House Association, was formed the next year. It raised funds to restore the dwelling to its Victorian style and ensure its preservation. The proposed golf course was built nearby and can be viewed from the hill upon which Riverview sits.

Riverview, including the house, grounds, and a museum, opened to the public for tours in 1972. The non-profit organization of volunteers, the Friends of Riverview, is dedicated to preserving Riverview's historical and architectural heritage. Riverview hosts various events throughout the year including teas, luncheons, an Easter Egg Hunt, Victorian Garden and Antique Festival, Tea with Mrs. Claus, Candlelight Tours, and other themed presentations and events.

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A 52 Weeks of Fun Fascinating Fact about Riverview at Hobson Grove

During the Civil War, the commanding officer of the Confederate troops had fought with the owner’s son in the Mexican–American War and agreed to spare the house during Confederate occupation of the county.

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