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2020 News Archive

Posted on: July 8, 2020

Root House Museum Shows Visitors How To Keep Their Cool

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July 8, 2020

CONTACT: Trevor Beemon

Executive Director


MARIETTA - Before air conditioning existed, southerners used a variety of tricks to keep their homes airy and cool. This summer, see the historic William Root House dressed as it would have been during the hot months of the 1860s. The winter drapes have been placed in storage and replaced with breezy sheers designed to keep insects from coming inside. The carpets have been rolled away and replaced with bamboo matting to protect the floors from dirt and dust. The fireplaces have been sealed to keep birds and other unwelcome guests outside. And the dark upholstered furniture in the parlor and dining room has been concealed with crisp white slipcovers. The result is a light and airy home designed to be refreshing and comfortable.  

WHAT: Dressed for Summer

WHEN: On display through September 26, 2020 

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

INFORMATION: 770-426-4982;

ABOUT THE WILLIAM ROOT HOUSE MUSEUM & GARDEN: Owned and operated by Cobb Landmarks & Historical Society, the William Root House Museum & Garden offers an authentic look at life for a middle class Georgia family during the 1860s. The simple frame house is more typical of its time and place than the grand plantations and columned mansions popularized by Gone With the Wind. 

VISITING DURING COVID-19: When visitors arrive, they will begin their visit by checking in at the Root House Museum Visitor Center located inside a refurbished 1830s log cabin. Credit card payment is encouraged as a touchless payment option. Upon checking in, each museum guest will be given a stylus pen. The stylus pen should be used to operate the interactive touchscreens located throughout the museum. Guests are free to explore the museum campus at their own leisure, however, they should leave plenty of space for entering and exiting exhibit spaces. Stylus pens should be returned to the Visitor Center for sanitizing at the end of each visit. 

HOURS: The William Root House Museum & Garden is open Wednesday through Saturday, 11am - 4pm. Admission is charged. 

For more information about the Root House, call 770-426-4982 or visit

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