Visit 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.
2023 AWARD WINNER
Museum of the Year
Mother's Day Tea Party
May 11, 2024
This family-friendly event will take place in the Root House garden (weather permitting). Guests will enjoy a variety of finger sandwiches, pastries, and a selection of teas. Each $150 reservation includes a farmhouse table and seating for four guests.
A Victorian Wedding
On display January 31 - March 2, 2024
During this special exhibition, visitors to the William Root House will be able to view the William Root House as it would have appeared during a Victorian-era wedding and reception. Nineteenth century wedding illustrations, invitations, and an authentic 1860s gown will be displayed during this special exhibit.
Cutting Edge EXHIBITS
The William Root House is the first house museum in the U.S. to offer a fully self-guided touchscreen tour. The Root House has been recognized by the Georgia Association of Museums for excellence in exhibition theory, planning, and implementation, commending our groundbreaking use of interactive museum technology.
Thoughtful exhibits, touchscreens, and public art help tell the story of the lives of the enslaved individuals who lived and labored at the Root House property prior to emancipation. Recently discovered family papers and new research into public documents are helping to give us a better understanding of the lives of these enslaved individuals.
Gift SHOP & VISITOR CENTER
Located inside a refurbished 1830s log cabin from Cobb County, our new Visitor Center includes a Gift Shop featuring handcrafted gifts and small batch mercantile goods.
PRIVATE event REntals
Planning a wedding ceremony, reception, party, or meeting? The William Root House is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Marietta and offers both indoor and outdoor event spaces for 20-150 guests!