William Root House Museum & Garden

80 N Marietta Parkway NW, Marietta, GA 30060 - United States




Visit one of the oldest homes in the Atlanta area and experience 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.


Visitors to the museum will learn the story of the house, the Root family, and life in antebellum and Civil War Georgia. Using electronic touchscreens, visitors can analyze historic records, family photos, archaeological information, and more. These primary resources help explain how the Root family lived, and how the house has evolved over time. Outside, the garden reflects the horticultural practices of the mid-19th century. Each plant has been researched for availability in Georgia at the time the Root House was built.


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