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Address: 1100 W Main Ave, Bowling Green, KY 42101-4894
Phone Number: +1 270-843-5565
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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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A must see when in Bowling Green

Whether local or visitor to the area, this is a must see. You won't be disappointed. In depth history of location and the family who lived here. Docents are very informative.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Bowling Green, Kentucky
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Bowling Green, Kentucky
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Whether local or visitor to the area, this is a must see. You won't be disappointed. In depth history of location and the family who lived here. Docents are very informative.

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Bee Spring, Kentucky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2016

My family and I love historic homes, and we make a special point of finding venues offering interesting Halloween activities when October rolls around. While we have been priviliged to tour Riverview several times over the years, we have never enjoyed any of our visits more than the Vintage Halloween event this past weekend. Our evening began as we walked... More 

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Mount Airy, Maryland
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2016

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2016

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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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4 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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 

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