Marietta’s Root House Museum explores death, mourning in the 1850s

The William Root House Museum and Gardens will explore death and mourning in the 1850s in an exhibit that will run Oct. 2-31 in Marietta.

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The William Root House Museum and Gardens will explore death and mourning in the 1850s in an exhibit that will run Oct. 2-31 in Marietta.

The William Root House Museum & Gardens will host an exhibit this month exploring the rituals of death and mourning in the 1850s.

The exhibit runs Oct. 2-31 and features the home decorated in mourning attire. Curtains will be drawn, and the museum’s rooms will be outfitted with black crepe and ribbons.

Visitors will be able to view embalming equipment from the 19th century, mourning jewelry made from human hair and “other curious artifacts related to death and mourning in the Victorian era,” the museum said.

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William and Hannah Root lived in the home with their children and extended family during the 1850s. Hannah Root’s father, Leonard Simpson, lived with the family until his death on Oct. 11, 1856.

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The Root family lived in the home from 1845 to 1886. Now owned by the Cobb Landmarks & Historical Society, the museum offers a glimpse into the lives of the Root family and the enslaved people who lived and worked on the property, according to the museum’s website.

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Credit: Root House Museum & Gardens

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Credit: Root House Museum & Gardens

Credit: Root House Museum & Gardens

Admission to the exhibit is included in the price of regular ticket prices. The museum will also be open for night tours on Saturdays throughout the month of October. You can learn more about the exhibit by visiting the Root House Museum's website or calling 770-426-4982.


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