October 10, 2023
CONTACT: Trevor Beemon
Authentic 19th century embalming equipment, mourning jewelry made from human hair, and other curious artifacts related to death during the Victorian era will be displayed.
MARIETTA - On the evenings of October 13th and 14th, visitors to the William Root House are invited to explore darkened rooms decorated for a Victorian era funeral and lit only by candlelight. Curtains will be drawn, a coffin will be placed in the parlor, and the house will be adorned with black crepe, bunting, and ribbons. Visitors will be able to view 19th century embalming equipment, mourning jewelry made from human hair, and other curious artifacts related to death and mourning during the Victorian era. Tours are self-guided. The house will be open 5:00pm-9:00pm, though it is recommended guests arrive no later than 8:30pm to begin their tour. Flashlight tours are $10 per person in advance and $15 per person at the door. Tickets are available online at roothousemuseum.com/funeral. Space is limited.
WHAT: Victorian Funeral Flashlight Tour
WHEN: October 13-14, 2023 5:00pm-9:00pm
WHERE: William Root House, 80 N Marietta Parkway NW, Marietta
ABOUT THE WILLIAM ROOT HOUSE: The Root House was built circa 1845 for Hannah and William Root, early settlers of Marietta. William was one of Marietta’s earliest merchants and its first druggist. The Root House is the first house museum in the U.S. to offer a fully self-guided touchscreen tour. While the home and grounds have been meticulously restored to their 1850s appearance, award-winning interactive displays tell the story of life in antebellum Georgia.