Thursday, January 15, 2015

Root House Museum in Marietta, Georgia

On a recent visit to Marietta, Georgia we took a tour of the Root House Museum in downtown Marietta, Georgia.   

Often when touring older homes photos are not allowed, but much to my delight,  the house docents said that I could take as many pictures as I would like.

The Root House was built in 1845, and we were told this home represents the best remaining example of a middle-income family home shortly before the Civil War.

Mr. William Root was the first druggist in this young community.  He and his family were very religious and contributed to the spiritual well-being of the community.  Mr. Root organized the Episcopal Church in Marietta in 1842.

Root House Museum and Garden
145 Denmead Street
Marietta, Georgia

As you can see the wind was blowing so briskly Old Glory was standing almost straight out.

My husband and I love to visit old Historic Places such as this old home.

As you can see in the below photo,  the front door was decorated with a pretty natural wreath full of fruits and vegetables.  How pretty and  unusual to see cabbage mixed in with the fruit and greenery for the wreath.

Let us go inside and step back in time to the year 1845.

Living Room

Our guide told us the home is furnished with authentic period furniture 
similar to what one would see in the mid 1800s.

Another view of the living room.

A charming old comfortable-looking rocking chair in the living room.

I love all the wooden details of this beautiful old table.  On the table is what looks like a sewing box 
and pin cushion, plus an oil lamp and a tea cup.

The below photo shows the wallpaper and beautiful carpet.  
Can't you just imagine the beautiful violin music sounds echoing through the home!

Across the hall from the living room we visited the dining room.   The table was set for dinner.  Notice the lovely natural greenery decorations on the fireplace mantel in the background.

Dining Room

Isn't this a pretty natural greenery small Christmas tree for the table centerpiece.
What an inspiration!

A pretty buffet and mirror in the dining room.

What a  cute little stairway tucked away in the back of the house.
We were invited to use this stairway to visit the upstairs bedroom.

Upstairs Bedroom

Spinning wheel in the bedroom.

Chest of drawers and mirror in the bedroom.

During that time period, it was customary for the hostess of the home to give invited guests "a surprise" as they were leaving the home after a visit or an event.  On this day, the docents dressed in period costumes,  thanked visitors for coming and gave them "a surprise" from their basket.

What a thoughtful little idea!  Just a simple peppermint candy wrapped in red tissue and tied with a small white ribbon, giving the message, "we are glad you visited."  This certainly shows that something little can mean so much!

With most older homes the kitchens were not attached to the home in order to protect the home from kitchen fires.  In the below photo you can see the kitchen located to the right of the back of the home.

Outside Kitchen  
to the right of the home

I loved the simplicity of the  fireplace mantel in the kitchen decorated with 
Christmas tree and Magnolia tree branches.

Adjacent to the kitchen we saw the water-well used to get water for the kitchen and the home.

Sitting in a chair on the back porch was what looked like a gourd-dipper and pan
used for dipping the water.

The Root garden located in the side yard of the home would have contained plants that were either ornamental, medicinal, edible or a combination.  There would have been vegetables, herbs, fruit trees, flowers and blooming shrubs.  This being Wintertime there was not too much growing in the garden.


As we walked away from the Root home, we again walked back into the present time with all the sights and sounds of our time,  and back into reality.

It was fun stepping back to the middle of the 1800s and feeling the simplicity of what life must have been like back then.

Thanks for coming along with us on this delightful old historical home tour.  Wishing you special blessings and much happiness as we move into the middle of the first month of this new year.

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