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Root House Museum

Historic Sites, Monuments, Landmarks, and Public Art (National Register of Historic Places)

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The Root House portrays middle-class life in Marietta in the 1850s. Operated by Cobb Landmarks, it is one of the oldest structures in Marietta and hosts school field trips and visitors year round.

Root House and landmarker
Root House entrance

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Born in Philadelphia in 1815, William Root moved to Marietta in August 1839 to open a drug/grocery store. A year later, Root married Hannah Remer Simpson. In 1844 the couple purchased a lot for their house. The Root House was built circa 1845.

In 1864, as Union troops approached, the family left Marietta and fled to Washington, Georgia. They returned the next year. The house was sold in 1886, and William Root continued to run various businesses in Marietta until his death in 1891. Two years later, the original house lot was divided in half and a library was built facing Church Street. This required moving the house down the hill to face Lemon Street. 

The house was a single-family residence until the 1940s when it was subdivided into apartments. By the late 1980s, the house had fallen into disrepair and was going to be demolished. In 1989, Cobb Landmarks and Historical Society acquired the house and moved it to its present location. 

After it was moved, the house was restored to its c. 1845 appearance through architectural analysis. Furnished with period furniture, the home represents middle class life in the time period. Outside, there is a recreated kitchen and working 1850s cookstove. There are also and flower beds and vegetable plots planted with plants that were available in Cobb County before 1860.

Sources

http://www.roothousemuseum.com/history.html http://roadsidegeorgia.com/site/root_house.html

Address
145 Denmead St NW
Marietta, GA 30060
Phone Number
770-426-4982
Hours
Wednesday-Saturday 11:00am until 4:00pm
Tags
  • Agriculture and Rural History
  • Architecture and Historical Buildings
  • Colonial History
  • Cultural History
  • Historic Homes
  • State Historical Societies and Museums
This location was created on 2015-03-05 by Jordan Turner .   It was last updated on 2015-12-20 by Eliza Kolander .

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