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Riverview at Hobson Grove

1100 West Main Avenue, Bowling Green, KY 42101, USA

The Hobson House, an Italianate mansion, was partially constructed before the Civil War. Col. William Hobson, son of builder Atwood Hobson and the youngest Union colonel on record, requested that Brig. Gen. Simon Bolivar Buckner, commanding Southern officer during the Confederate occupation of Bowling Green, spare the property. Buckner filled the basement of the unfinished mansion with Confederate ammunition. Atwood Hobson, one of the most ardent Union supporters in southern Kentucky, brought a French military professor to his home for the purpose of instructing William and his contemporaries in French military tactics. Atwood, president of a local bank, borrowed $30,000 to advance the Union cause. He also purchased 300 rifles to arm local citizens against the Confederates.


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From I-65 at the Corvette Museum/Plant at Exit 28 (Highway 446): Follow signs into Bowling Green on Highway 68/80. After passing the depot on the right, turn right at the light onto 6th Avenue/Veterans Memorial Boulevard (Highway 880). After going through the next stoplight, take the 3rd right onto Main Avenue. At the end of Main, turn left onto Jackson, then an immediate right onto Main. Follow into Hobson Grove Park. (5.7 miles)

Visitor Services

Public rest rooms, gift shop, museum, tours.

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Admission Fee

Adults $7.00, children (K-12) $2.50, and families $14.00; call in advance to arrange group tours.


Tuesday-Saturday: 10:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M., Sunday: 1:00 P.M.-4:00 P.M.; Closed: Monday, holidays, and January.



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