Cobb museum exhibit shows life at home during Civil War

The oldest home in downtown Marietta will soon show how it may have looked when its occupants fled from the advancing Union Army during the Civil War.

The “Civil War on the Home Front” exhibit at the Root House Museum & Gardens will be on display Nov. 1-23.

The home was abandoned by the family in June 1864, according to Cobb Landmarks, which owns and operates the museum.

During the war, the home was first used as a hospital for Confederate soldiers. Once Union soldiers began occupying the area, the Root house later served as barracks for Union surgeons working in hospitals on Church Street, Cobb Landmarks said.


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Cobb Landmarks’ exhibit will feature a “ransacked parlor and dining room,” including what the Root family may have left behind.

Credit: Cobb Landmarks

Credit: Cobb Landmarks

A living history event set for 10 a.m. Nov. 2 will give visitors a chance to talk with Union soldier interpreters from the Sons of Union Veterans and the 30th Ohio Voluntary Infantry Regiment. Organizers are also planning to host live cooking demonstrations at the Root House Museum.

Tickets to the exhibit are included in the cost of admission. The Root House is located at 80 North Marietta Parkway. For more information, visit the museum website.


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