The Root House was built circa 1845 for Hannah and William Root, early settlers of Marietta. Mr. Root was one of Marietta’s earliest merchants and its first druggist. The Roots remained in the house until 1886. The following years saw the home being moved, neglected, and forgotten. By the late 1980s, the Root House had fallen into disrepair and was slated for demolition. But, as you know, the story doesn’t end there.
After the house was documented as one of Marietta’s oldest buildings, preservation efforts began, and in 1989 Cobb Landmarks and Historical Society acquired the house and moved it to its present location. After it was moved in 1990, the house was restored to its 1845 appearance through architectural analysis. Numerous committees collaborated to decorate the home with period furnishings to give visitors an authentic look at middle class life. Outside, volunteers recreated the garden using plants available in Cobb County before 1860. With the kitchen house constructed in 1996, the museum was finally considered complete enough for Cobb Landmarks to offer regular public tours, and new hours of operation were announced.
Like any other homeowners, we’ve had our share of maintenance challenges and surprises. But with the support of volunteers, donors, and sponsors, we’ve been able to keep the house in immaculate condition for the past 20 years. Local support has also allowed us to expand and enhance our tours and offerings. In 2015, we began providing visitors with an electronic tablet that allows them to 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. We’ve also introduced new programs like our annual beer tasting, which gives participants a chance to sample beer made with hops harvested from the Root House garden.
As we celebrate our accomplishments from the past 20 years, we’re excited about our future. As museums evolve, technologies advance, and visitor interest changes, we must adapt and grow as an institution. We hope that you will join us in this effort and help ensure continued growth and success for the next 20 years and beyond. Please consider making a gift to Cobb Landmarks for the ongoing care and improvement of the William Root House Museum. Your gift will be used to expand our programs and offerings, replace our aging exhibit panels and display cases, and increase visitation at the museum