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Posted on: January 25, 2023

New Exhibit Explores Wedding Traditions of the Victorian South

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January 25, 2023

CONTACT: Trevor Beemon



The William Root House Museum invites visitors to learn the origin of many wedding customs and traditions still practiced today. 

MARIETTA - During the month of February, visitors to the William Root House will be able to view the house as it would have appeared during a Victorian-era wedding and reception. No wedding had a greater impact on marriage rituals and traditions than Queen Victoria's wedding to Prince Albert on February 10, 1840. Southerners, in particular, had a fascination with the British aristocracy and eagerly adopted their customs and etiquette. Museum visitors will see how a southern middle-class family like the Roots would have planned their nuptials and learn the origin of many wedding customs and traditions still practiced today. Nineteenth century wedding illustrations and invitations and an authentic 1860s gown will be displayed during this exhibit. Exhibit admission is included in the cost of regular museum admission.

In conjunction with the Victorian Wedding exhibit, the William Root House will also host a special after-hours program called “Sex, Love, and Marriage in Victorian America” on Saturday, February 18th, at 7pm. Participants will learn about the use of photography in spreading explicit images during the Civil War, popular contraception/birth control methods, and why we perceive Victorians as being sexually repressed and prudish today. This program is restricted to guests 18 years or older. By purchasing a ticket you acknowledge that you understand this program will include adult themes. Tickets for this program are $15 per person and must be purchased online in advance. Space is limited.                      

WHAT: A Victorian Wedding Special Exhibit 

WHEN: February 1-25, 2023

WHERE: 80 N Marietta Parkway NW, Marietta, GA 30060

DETAILS:   770-426-4982

ABOUT THE WILLIAM ROOT HOUSE: The Root House Museum is the first house museum in the U.S. to offer a fully self-guided touchscreen tour. 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. While the home and grounds have been meticulously restored to their 1860 appearance, interactive electronic displays have been added to tell the story of the Root family and their enslaved house servants.

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