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Posted on: September 14, 2021

William Root House Offers Eerie Flashlight Tours in October

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September 14, 2021

CONTACT: Trevor Beemon

Executive Director


MARIETTA - During the 1850s, Hannah and William Root shared their home with their children and extended family. Hannah Root's father, Leonard Simpson, lived with the family and passed away on October 11, 1856. For the month of October, the rooms inside the Root House will be decorated as they would have been following Leonard's death. Curtains will be drawn, and rooms will be adorned with black crepe 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. Daytime tours are included in the cost of regular admission.   

On Friday evenings in October, the Root House will offer self-guided flashlight tours (please bring your own flashlight). In order to maintain social distancing guidelines, staff will be limiting the number of guests permitted in the house at one time. Masks are appreciated inside the Root House facilities. Flashlight Tour tickets are $10 per person and may be purchased online at Space is limited. 

WHAT: Mourning in the 1850s Flashlight Tours

WHEN: October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 2021   5:00PM - 8:00PM

WHERE: William Root House, 80 N Marietta Parkway NW, Marietta


ABOUT THE WILLIAM ROOT HOUSE MUSEUM & GARDEN: One of the oldest homes in the Atlanta area, the Root House is more typical of its time and place than the columned mansions popularized by Gone With the Wind. Though the home and grounds have been meticulously restored to their 1860 appearance, modern touchscreens and interactive displays have been added to help tell the story of the Root family and their enslaved house servants.

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