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Posted on: April 4, 2022

Root House Museum Offers “Pay What You Can” Week

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April 4, 2022

CONTACT: Trevor Beemon

Executive Director


MARIETTA - Between April 6th and 9th, visitors to the William Root House in downtown Marietta can pay whatever they feel comfortable paying for museum admission (or nothing at all). The normal museum admission rate is $9 for adults (18+), $6 for students (6-17), and $7 for seniors (65+). Each ticket includes a self-guided tour of the museum. 

Cobb Landmarks, which owns and operates the William Root House, recently invested roughly $500,000 in expanding the Root House property, including construction of a Visitor Center and Gift Shop. New interactive touchscreens installed throughout the museum present audio/visual content to guests. In 2021 the Georgia Association of Museums recognized the William Root House for “excellence in exhibition theory, planning, and implementation,” specifically commending the museum's innovative use of touchscreen technology.

In 2022 the William Root House was designated a Georgia Agritourism Site by Georgia Grown, a marketing and economic development program of the Georgia Department of Agriculture. The gardens at the Root House have been reconstructed to reflect the gardening practices of the mid-19th century. All the vegetables, herbs, fruit trees, decorative flowers, and blooming shrubs found in the garden have been researched for availability in Georgia during the 1850s. 

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ABOUT THE WILLIAM ROOT HOUSE: One of the oldest homes remaining 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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