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Posted on: July 12, 2021

Historic Root House Puts On Her Summer Dress

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July 12, 2021

CONTACT: Trevor Beemon

Executive Director


MARIETTA - The c. 1840s William Root House, one of the oldest homes in the Atlanta area, was originally the home of early Cobb County settlers Hannah and William Root. Today, Cobb Landmarks & Historical Society operates the historic property as a house museum depicting middle class life in Antebellum Georgia. The interior and exterior of the home have been restored to their mid-1800s appearance through in-depth research and paint and wallpaper analysis.

Now on display through September 25, 2021, the new "Dressed for Summer" exhibit shows museum guests how southerners kept their homes airy and cool during Georgia's hot summers. Each of the main rooms have been partially dressed for the season, demonstrating how the rooms would have appeared both during the winter and summer. Guests are encouraged to spot the differences before reading about them on the museum's interactive touchscreens. 

Some of the seasonal changes include the removal of winter drapes in favor of breezy sheers or "glass curtains" designed to keep insects from coming inside, wool carpets replaced with bamboo matting, and dark upholstered furniture concealed under crisp white slipcovers. 

This special exhibit is included in the cost of regular museum admission. 

WHAT: William Root House

WHEN: Open Wednesday - Saturday   10:00AM - 4:00PM

INFO:   770-426-4982

LOCATION: 80 N Marietta Parkway NW, Marietta, GA 30060

ABOUT THE WILLIAM ROOT HOUSE: Owned and operated by Cobb Landmarks & Historical Society, the William Root House is one of the oldest homes in the Atlanta area. Interactive touchscreens and comprehensive exhibits tell visitors about life in Antebellum Georgia. Home to the Root family from 1845 to 1886, the house and property have been meticulously restored to their mid-1800s appearance.

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