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Cobb’s Civil War-era Root House is holding a Union occupation event

Hope y’all have good home insurance because the Union is coming back.

But it’s OK. This time they’re just actors in a historical re-enactment.

The William Root House Museum & Garden in Marietta is hosting a “Union occupation” event on July 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It comes with the cost of a regular ticket.

Also, attendees will be able to meet Union soldiers outside as they come to ransack the house.

Here’s the gist: Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman’s Union troops rolled into Georgia during July 1864 and proceeded to march through the state, lighting a whole mess of stuff on fire.

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Nerd out with an incredibly fascinating project The AJC did for the 150th anniversary of Sherman’s campaign.


William Root moved from Philadelphia and opened Marietta’s first drug/grocery store, according to the home’s website. He and his wife Hannah hightailed it when they heard Union troops were coming.

They came back a year later to find their home had survived.

The house was at the corner of what’s now Church and Lemon streets, but it has been relocated a couple of times since being built around 1845.

It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2014.


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People 2 People: July 29, 2017

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