Residents Celebrate Traditional Christmas at Riverview

By Forrest Sanders | 

Visitors called it an escape from the hustle and bustle of every day life. Historic Riverview at Hobson Grove hosted a Christmas tea today where visitors enjoyed the sights, sounds and tastes of a past era.

The clock strikes two at Riverview at Hobson Grove and it's time for guests to pull up a seat for a traditional Christmas tea.

"Ladies, in particular, would have enjoyed Christmas tea and it would have been a nice way to prepare for the holiday season in the 19th century," said Sam Terry, Riverview executive director.

But in addition to being about friends, fellowship and fine delicacies, this Christmas gathering is serving up a careful recreation of a past era.

The Christmas Trees are decorated in candles, lit by the Victorians only on Christmas Eve. Meanwhile, the tables are sprinkled with gilded walnuts, a yuletide tradition during the late 1800s.

But as any guest will tell you, there's a reason to be immersed in the southern elegance of the Victorian era, especially around the holidays.

"We're here to reflect back on times a long time ago on how holidays were really spent with family and close friends," explained visitor Ann Handy.

The tea was followed by a private tour of Riverview, allowing guests to witness a home that's been standing in Bowling Green for over 150 years.

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