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Posted on: October 29, 2019

Root House Museum Showcases Life On the Homefront during the Civil War

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October 29, 2019

CONTACT: Trevor Beemon

Executive Director


Ransacked rooms will show what the family may have left behind after hastily packing up and fleeing from the Union Army.   

MARIETTA - During the month of November, visitors to the William Root House Museum & Garden will be able to view the home as it may have appeared at the time of the American Civil War. The house, now the oldest remaining in downtown Marietta, was abandoned by the Root family in June 1864. During the Civil War, the home was first used as a hospital for wounded Confederate soldiers. After Union occupation, the home served as barracks for Union surgeons working in nearby hospitals on Church Street. During this special exhibit, the ransacked parlor and dining room will show what the family may have left behind after fleeing from the advancing Union Army. 

A special event will be held on November 2nd from 10am to 4pm. During this special living history event, visitors will be able to meet with Union soldier historic interpreters. The event will also feature live cooking demonstrations in the Root House kitchen. Special thanks to the Sons of Union Veterans and the 30th Ohio Vol. Inf. Regiment for their support of this program. 

WHAT: Civil War on the Homefront

WHEN: On display November 1-23, 2019 

WHERE: William Root House Museum & Garden; 80 N Marietta Parkway NW, Marietta, GA 30060

TICKETS: Included in the cost of regular museum admission. Details:

ABOUT THE WILLIAM ROOT HOUSE MUSEUM & GARDEN: Owned and operated by Cobb Landmarks & Historical Society, the William Root House is one of the oldest homes in the Atlanta area. Museum visitors experience life for a middle class family living in antebellum Georgia. Home to the Root family from 1845 to 1886, the Root House is more typical of its time and place than the grand plantations and columned mansions popularized by Gone With the Wind. Meticulously restored to its c. 1850 appearance, the home and its gardens are awaiting your visit.   

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