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Address: 1100 W Main Ave, Bowling Green, KY 42101-4894
Phone Number: 270-843-5565
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Enjoy spectacular views from the cupola while seeing how the Hobson family...

Enjoy spectacular views from the cupola while seeing how the Hobson family lived at Bowling Green’s historic house museum, Riverview at Hobson Grove. Built by Atwood and Juliet VanMeter Hobson on a hill overlooking the Barren River, this historic landmark has been restored to its original splendor and is listed on the National Register. An official site on the Civil War Discovery Trail, the house was used for storage of Confederate munitions when the Rebel forces held Bowling Green. Riverview is an elegant interpretation of a prosperous Victorian home of the 1860 to 1890 period and invites visitors to experience the life of a 19th century family and their servants.

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Very lovely mansion restored and furnished. It is amazing how many family photos and portraits they were able to find and reclaim in the restoration. Very friendly and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
rigg57
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Mount Airy, Maryland
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Mount Airy, Maryland
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very lovely mansion restored and furnished. It is amazing how many family photos and portraits they were able to find and reclaim in the restoration. Very friendly and informative staff. Even the guys in our group enjoyed the tour!

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you like old house tours, this is a good one. You get to see almost all of the house, plus learn about its history. Our tour guide was fantastic, enthusiastic, and knowledgeable. We had some issues finding the place, but it was worth it once we did.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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13 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2016

Up on a hill in Bowling Green sits this gem. The history is as interesting as the tour itself. The building was saved from destruction during the Civil War and then saved again from demolition by the local golf club. It is well worth a visit.

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Thank Sharon M
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015 via mobile

This is not a huge house but it is definitely different and has a lot of unique features . They do not allow photography . It is surrounded by a golf course and what they say is / was a river and for the life of me I could not find that sucker anywhere!!!! Trust Me I walked everywhere to... More 

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Executive D, Manager at Riverview at Hobson Grove, responded to this review

Hello, I appreciate the fact that you took the time to review Riverview and thought I'd let you know exactly where the Barren River is located. I'm sorry this wasn't covered in your tour. When the family moved into the house in 1872, after the Civil War, Mrs. Hobson called the house "Riverview" because she could see the river from... More 

Bowling Green, Kentucky
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

This place is hiding in the middle of know where in Bowling Green. It's a beautiful house on the outside and the inside is like stepping back in time. There's the Barren river not far from this house so bring your fishing gear!

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Larkspur,California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

Trust your GPS and visit this place. We have been to a fair number of Victorian's, not because we love them, but they are there and so are we so we visit. Riverview is remarkable in it's size and apparent authenticity. We learned so much more about how folks lived than we have in other places. The murals in the... More 

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Hopkinsville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

We actually planned this as a cheap and quick spot to see in addition to the "main attraction" (Lost River Cave) we planned to visit but it turned out to be better than it! The folks that give the tour and care for the home are the best thing about this place. You can just feel the history here! It... More 

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Franklin, Kentucky
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 179 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

While in Bowling Green, KY I happened upon Riverview at Hobson Grove. What a remarkable find. If you want to be whisked away and taken to the 1860’s, this is a place for you to visit and enjoy. The Riverview was so named because of its proximity to the Barren River. It was the home of Atwood and Juliet Van... More 

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Executive D, Front Office Manager at Riverview at Hobson Grove, responded to this review

So glad you enjoyed your visit. We appreciate you passing on your fond thoughts of your visit. More 

Springfield, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

The staff are very interesting, the house is fascinating and reasonably priced. We learned a lot and this was a pleasant break from a long road trip.

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Executive D, Manager at Riverview at Hobson Grove, responded to this review

We are so happy your enjoyed your visit. You came at a wonderful time with the spring flowers blooming. More 

Decatur, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

This is a beautiful home with an interesting family story. Our tour guide was very interesting. If you go at the right time, I understand a family gives the tour! There are some beautiful antiques on view. A nice, inexpensive thing to do with great local history.

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