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Posted on: August 25, 2021

William Root House Offers Free Admission During Smithsonian Museum Day

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August 25, 2021

CONTACT: Trevor Beemon

Executive Director


The William Root House Museum will participate in Smithsonian Museum Day, an annual event hosted by "Smithsonian" magazine.

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. Though the home and grounds have been meticulously restored to their 1850s appearance, modern touchscreens and award-winning interactive displays have been added to help tell the story of the Root family and their enslaved house servants.

Outside, visitors can view the recreated cookhouse and see a working 1850s cookstove. The Root House gardens are designed to reflect the gardening practices of the mid-19th century and are planted with vegetables, culinary herbs, fruit trees, decorative flowers, and blooming shrubs. Medicinal herbs are also grown. William Root would have likely used many herbs in his pharmacy, which opened on the Marietta Square in 1839. All the plants in the Root House Garden have been researched for availability in Georgia at the time the house was built.

In the spirit of the Smithsonian Museums, which offer free admission every day, Museum Day is an annual event hosted by "Smithsonian" magazine in which participating museums across the country open their doors to anyone presenting a Museum Day ticket. The Museum Day ticket provides free admission for two people. To see a list of participating museums and to download a Museum Day ticket, visit

WHAT: Smithsonian Museum Day - William Root House

WHEN: Saturday, September 18, 2021   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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