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Program 1213

1. Riverview at Hobson Grove
2. Leonard Kik’s miniatures
3. the Paint’n Place
4. Lake Barkley State Resort Park
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Warren County

For more information:
Riverview at Hobson Grove, 1100 W. Main St., Bowling Green, KY 42101-4894, (270) 843-5565

Producer: D. Anthony Noel
Videographers: David Brinkley, Philip Allgeier
Editor: Michael DePersio


Rooms with a View

Riverview at Hobson Grove

This edition of Kentucky Life begins with a grand mansion that’s enjoyed by both architecture and history buffs—one that very nearly didn’t make it to the 21st century to be enjoyed at all.

In the late 1850s, Atwood Hobson and his wife, the former Juliet VanMeter, started building a home for themselves on a hill overlooking the Barren River in Bowling Green. But you might say it was a volatile time for real estate: The Civil War intervened, and the partially finished house was commandeered as a munitions storage facility by the Confederates, who held the city (declaring it Kentucky’s Confederate state capital) for about a year during the war’s early stages.

Once the war ended, the Hobsons were finally able to finish Riverview. Designed in the Italianate style, the eight-room house featured arched window openings, deep eaves with distinctive brackets, and a cupola on top. Inside were a formal dining room and parlor (with ornately painted ceiling) as well as a second-floor parents’ bedroom with a commanding view of the river.

Atwood and Juliet’s descendants lived in the house almost a century, until 1952, when the estate was broken up. A series of other families rented Riverview, and a series of fires took a heavy toll. By 1965, the house had been condemned.

At the time, the city of Bowling Green was looking for a place to build a municipal golf course. The rolling hills of Hobson Grove seemed to fit the bill, and the government bought the property. The owner threw in Riverview, too—for a dollar.

As word got out that the once-grand home was to be demolished, local historic preservationists banded together to offer an alternative. The nonprofit Hobson House Association was created to restore the house and turn it into a museum, which opened in 1972. Many of the Hobsons’ original furnishings and belongings were scattered through the years, so restorers gathered other antiques to refurbish the house as a showplace of late 19th-century decor. Today the house and grounds make up one of the jewels of Bowling Green’s city park system.

Our tour is led by George Anna Duncan McKenzie, a descendant of the family, and Sam Terry, executive director of the association. Riverview is open for public tours Tuesday through Sunday year-round, except for major holidays. Special annual events include a February exhibit on the lives of African Americans during Reconstruction, a Civil War living history day each fall, and special holiday tours featuring lavish Victorian decorations.

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Jefferson County

For more information:
• Leonard Kik Associates, 11218 Bluegrass Pkwy., Louisville, KY 40299, (502) 267-5366

Producer, editor: Joy Flynn
Videographers: Dave Shuffett, Amelia Cutadean, Joy Flynn


Let’s Get Small

Leonard Kik’s miniatures

The first big commission of Leonard Kik’s professional artistic career was a larger-than-life statue of a U.S. Army soldier. Since then, he’s scaled things down considerably. As proprietor of Leonard Kik Associates in Louisville, he now specializes in creating 3-D models in miniature.

Architects and other designers are frequent clients. Leonard and his crew translate their drawings and blueprints into detailed 3-D representations of the planned building, development, or even museum exhibit to give both designer and client a better feel for how a proposal will translate into solid reality. Leonard’s talents also have been recruited by law enforcement, with his models used in court to help a judge and jury visualize a crime scene.

Other projects are more personal. On our visit, we meet a man who commissioned Kik Associates to re-create an Eastern Kentucky coal town. While working on this nostalgic miniature scene, the artist shows how he uses maps and math to scale things down and how miniature trees and buildings can be created from flower stems, foam, cardboard, and Plexiglas.

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Warren County

For more information:
The Paint’n Place, 1243 Magnolia St., Bowling Green, KY 42104-3048, (270) 783-0830

Producer: Courtney Skaggs
Videographer: Josh Neidwick
Editor: Erin Althaus


Brush Up Your Pottery

The Paint’n Place

We return to Bowling Green for our next segment. And for this one, you might want to roll up your sleeves, because potter Linda Henry doesn’t just want to sell you some artwork—she wants you to help make it.

Linda owns and operates the Paint’n Place, a paint-your-own pottery studio. Walk-in customers can choose from among various basic forms, from pots to platters, and add their own painted designs for a truly personalized piece. The shop also hosts and caters gatherings, from date nights and kids’ birthday parties to corporate team-building retreats, where each guest gets a piece of pottery or a T-shirt to paint or the materials for creating a mosaic piece. Some pottery pieces are finished off in the shop’s kiln to make them safe for use with food, but decorative items may just need a little drying time in a home oven.

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Trigg County

For more information:
Lake Barkley State Resort Park, 3500 State Park Rd., Cadiz, KY 42211-0790, (800) 325-1708

Producer: Dave Shuffett
Videographer: Amelia Cutadean
Audio: Noel Bramblett
Editor: Jim Piston


Western Waters

Lake Barkley State Resort Park

Host Dave Shuffett ends this edition of Kentucky Life with a little R&R, checking out the facilities and amenities at Lake Barkley State Resort Park.

And the options are many. The 3,600-acre park offers outstanding fishing, nine miles of hiking trails, a shotgun shooting range, mountain biking, a public beach, tennis, volleyball, and an 18-hole golf course named for a native son who became a musical star—saxophone player “Boots” Randolph. Accommodations range from tent and RV campsites to cottages to the impressive semicircular lodge. Hugging the shore around a bend in the lake, this post-and-beam building incorporates more than three acres of glass to give almost every guest a great view of the waters.

And the lake, of course, is the main attraction. Created when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers impounded the Cumberland River in 1966, it is Kentucky’s third largest, after Cumberland and Kentucky. Lake Barkley—named for legendary Western Kentucky politician Alben W. Barkley, who served as Harry Truman’s vice president—covers parts of Caldwell, Livingston, and Trigg counties and stretches into Tennessee on the south. The southern Kentucky/northern Tennessee section of the lake runs parallel to and just a few miles from Kentucky Lake, also a human creation, for more than 40 miles. The narrow isthmus in between is the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area.

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