William Root House
William Root House
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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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. Though the home and grounds have been meticulously restored to their 1850s 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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solofl1er
Dawsonville, GA61 contributions
Couples
It was so nice to visit what was an average existence, possibly a bit above average, for the times. Plantation homes are stunning, and slave cabins depressing (ok well they did in fact have a couple of slaves, but it wasn't the main point of the visit.) M point is you never hear of these mediocre day to day lives, and this place was very nice.

We were lucky and unlucky in our visit. On the plus side, we were treated to two young ladies in training as docents, and they were very very entertaining as guides. The minus was that a man got involved halfway through the tour and took it (more or less) away from them, although they were doing great. (He must have worked there although he was not present at the start.) Personally I thought he ruined what had been a really entertaining time. You can always look up stuff later on the internet, why interrupt these very bright girls?

Another minus for me was that the house was decked in mourning for the spooky month of October. I would have preferred to see it as usual, but I must admit, it was interesting to SEE the mourning, which up til then, I had only read about.

I would have liked to know more about the family, but again, the mourning decor was the big thing. I am not sure if the usual tours would have said more.

I was confused - still am - about "Dr. Root's store" mentioned online and there was a sign but I never saw a store so don't know what that is about.

I would think this would be a good history starting spot for younger kids, it's small and IDK human in a way that larger mansions are not, and it's very economical.
Written October 11, 2017
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Zack S
Kennesaw, GA250 contributions
Friends
This is a real gem. It's a middle class house from the 1850s in Marietta (William Root was a pharmacist). The amount of detail the team knows and has put into the place is remarkable. It'll give you a tremendous appreciation to see how people lived back then. They've even recreated the gardens, no small task considering the house has been moved from its original location and placed on asphalt!

The docents are gracious and very knowledgeable. The house is amazingly intricate in its details, even down to the original silverware and bowls. The unattached kitchen is spectacular. They even have 1850s children's toys and games available!

Words can't do this place justice, so trust me when I say it is a very worthwhile stop for families and anyone with a shred of interest in history.
Written July 26, 2015
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djnToronto
Toronto221 contributions
Family
We were the only visitors to this small museum, and had a great introductory chat with the hostess, and a very interesting tour with a young docent. If you are in Marietta this is highly recommended, and will be even better when a couple of outbuildings are open in the near future.
Written July 22, 2019
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pransomjr
Kennesaw, GA126 contributions
Friends
This is a great place for a trip back in time. The decor is really awesome and it shows how the average middle class person would have lived in Marietta when it just began. It is a great place to go more than just one time a year. The decor changes with the season and they also have changing exhibits like in October they have a Mourning exhibit and December they have the home decorated for christmas. They are always adding to their decor so each time you visit there are a few new things to see some small changes sometimes large changes.
Written February 14, 2017
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Caleb L
Marietta, GA1 contribution
Family
Really shows what life would have been like back when Marietta was just starting to boom. The docents did a great job and knew a lot about the history of the house, the residents, and basically everything about life in Marietta back in the 1800s.
Written February 7, 2016
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llawrence2016
Marietta, GA2 contributions
Family
This is an excellent look into how the middle class lived in the early days of Marietta. The docents are knowledgeable and friendly. Great care has been taken to find and select authentic furnishings/accessories of the time period. Become immersed in 1840s Marietta, GA in a little under an hour! Our family learned a lot on our tour; it was well worth the time.
Written February 7, 2016
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Kate Bodine
Norcross, GA8 contributions
Friends
This is one of my favorite historic house museums. The history is so interesting, and the way they interpret how the family lived is so cool. They change the interior every season to reflect what the family would have done. The lines from summer to winter, even period type holiday decorations. My favorite part about this place is the herb garden. William Root was Marietta's Pharmacist and used herbs from his garden - which they have almost all of the herbs he used growing around the house. So worth checking out! It can be so easily over looked since it is on a main street right by the square, but its well worth the visit.
Written December 2, 2015
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135jbb
Georgia226 contributions
Friends
My mother and I visited, and we were both impressed. The docent provided information about the history of the family, Marietta, and life in general at that time period.The tour included all of the downstairs rooms, one of the upstairs bedrooms, and the garden with outbuildings. The stairs to the upper level were steep and narrow, but there was a sturdy handrail. Tours begin at the bottom of the hour.
Written November 15, 2015
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mosleyshl
Boardman, OH27 contributions
Couples
Loved how much they went into detail about the house and the first owners, the garden was lovely. I disliked that employees from other job sites used their parking lot, leaving no room for tour visitors.
Written August 6, 2014
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Thank you so much for your review! We have recently added dedicated parking spots for Root House visitors. We hope you will come back and see us again!
Written March 19, 2015
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Geoffhiboz
Montmorency, Australia148 contributions
Couples
Really great to get a glimpse of past times in Marietta. Especially with a tour guide (Dennis) who was very knowledgeable and clearly loved the place.
The house has been lovingly restored to as near to original as can be, and really makes you think about all the little luxuries we take for granted.
Seeing this house really helped me get into context around civil war era history and see what the real people, not the super wealthy lived like.
Big shout out to Dennis!! Such a great tour!
Written October 20, 2018
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