December 10, 2019
CONTACT: Trevor Beemon
Candlelit rooms decorated with fruit and live greens will transport visitors to December 25, 1850.
MARIETTA, GA, November 30, 2019 - Join us for a special holiday experience that's perfect for the entire family! Visitors to the antebellum home will enjoy traditional 1850s Christmas decorations, candlelit rooms, cooking demonstrations, live music, hot cider and cookies, and a visit from Santa!
Santa will stop by for a visit from 6pm to 8pm. Guests are welcome to meet with Santa and have their picture taken. Bring your camera!
This special program is included in the cost of regular museum admission. Visit RootHouseMuseum.com/Candlelight to learn more.
BACKGROUND INFORMATION: Christmas was made a legal holiday in the state of Georgia in 1850. Evergreen branches found in nearby forests and gardens would have been used to decorate mantles, mirrors, doorways, and tables. Evergreens were thought to represent everlasting life. Many believe the tradition of displaying a Christmas tree was brought to America from England via Prince Albert. While Prince Albert and Queen Victoria made the Christmas tree more popular, references to Christmas trees (and New Year's trees) could be found in American literature well before Prince Albert's arrival in England. During the 1850s, trees were secretly decorated behind closed doors. Decorations consisted of fruit, candles, and unwrapped toys. Christmas trees were revealed to children with an element of surprise as the gifts were typically placed on the tree and were not wrapped in paper. Stockings became very popular after the release of Clement Moore's poem, The Night Before Christmas, which was published in 1822.
INFORMATION: 770-426-4982; roothousemuseum.com
Saturday, December 14, 2019
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 guests learn about 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. 1860 appearance, the home and its gardens are awaiting your visit.