Cobb Landmarks wins $10,000 grant for programs at William Root House

The City of Marietta has released the following announcement of a grant that Cobb Landmarks & Historical Society, Inc. has received from the National Endowment for the Humanities for programming at Marietta’s historic William Root House.

MARIETTA – Cobb Landmarks & Historical Society, Inc. received funding from Georgia Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities under the American Rescue Plan Act. The $10,000 grant will help fund programming at the William Root House in Marietta. Cobb Landmarks recently completed an award-winning renovation and expansion at c. 1845 William Root House Campus. One of the oldest remaining homes in the Atlanta area, the property is now operated as a museum, educational garden, gift shop, and event space.

The museum presents an authentic look at life in the pre-war South, using interactive exhibits and touchscreen technology to dispel harmful myths and stereotypes about the “old south.” “The museum experience presented at the Root House is vitally important in enabling our visitors to understand the events, people and places that have shaped our present,” said Trevor Beemon, Executive Director of Cobb Landmarks. “This financial support gives us the opportunity to have a greater impact in our community.”

About William Root House

The William Root House was built around 1845 and was the home of William Root and his wife Hannah.

William Root was a Philadelphia-born pharmacist. He moved to Marietta in 1839 to open a pharmacy and general store. He married Hannah Simpson a year later, and they built the house on what is now Church and Lemon streets.

It was later moved to face Lemon Street and was owned by William Root until 1886.

Then it had a series of owners and went into steady decline, and in the 1940s it was divided into apartments.

In the 1980s, the house was in very poor condition and had to be demolished.

A preservation effort began, and in 1989 Cobb Landmarks & Historical Society purchased the house and moved it to its current location at 80 North Marietta Pkwy NW, Marietta, GA 30060.

About the Town of Marietta

The town of Marietta is the county seat of Cobb County. The latest estimate from the U.S. Census Bureau puts the city’s population at 60,867, making it the largest city in Cobb County by population.

However, the city is in a neck and neck race with fast-growing Smyrna, whose population was last estimated at 56,666.

Here are some fast facts from the Census Bureau

City of Marietta, Georgia

Population estimates 2019 60,867

Source: Population estimates for the 2019 vintage

Median household income $57,452

Source: American Community Survey 2015-2019, 5-year estimates

People living in poverty, percentage 14.0%

Source: American Community Survey 2015-2019, 5-year estimates

Level of education: Percentage of secondary school graduates or more 87.7%

Source: American Community Survey 2015-2019, 5-year estimates

People without health insurance, percentage 18.1%

Source: American Community Survey 2015-2019, 5-year estimates

Median home value $287,600

Source: American Community Survey 2015-2019, 5-year estimates

Total housing units 26,878

Source: American Community Survey 2015-2019, 5-year estimates

Number of companies 10,501

Source: 2012 Business Owner Survey: Company Summary

Male median income $36,894

Source: American Community Survey 2015-2019, 5-year estimates

Median income of women $29,239

Source: American Community Survey 2015-2019, 5-year estimates

Veterans 3,132

Source: American Community Survey 2015-2019, 5-year estimates

Percentage of households with a broadband Internet subscription 84.9%

Source: American Community Survey 2015-2019, 5-year estimates

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