- Dr. Root’s Miracle Elixir IPA Inspired by Marietta’s first Druggist, William Root -
MARIETTA, GA – The William Root House Museum and Garden introduces a new beer, Dr. Root’s Miracle Elixir IPA, crafted with hops harvested directly from the historic Root House Garden. Inspired by Marietta’s first apothecary, William Root, this new beer was created in partnership with Schoolhouse Beer and Brewing.
WHAT: Dr. Root’s Miracle Elixir Craft Beer
WHERE: William Root House Museum and Garden; 145 Denmead Street, Marietta, GA 30060
INFORMATION: 770-426-4982; http://roothousemuseum.com/
BACKGROUND INFORMATION: The William Root House is an antebellum house located in downtown Marietta. It is one of the only wood frame structures in downtown Marietta to survive the Civil War. The home was constructed in the 1840s, and was owned by the Root family. William Root was Marietta’s first Apothecary (druggist), and he ran a fairly lucrative business on the Square for many years. His store was located in the building where Sugar Cakes Patisserie is now located.
The Root House Garden is designed to reflect the gardening practices of the mid-19th century, and all the plants growing in the garden have been researched for their availability in Georgia at the time the Root House was built. The Root’s garden in the 19th century would have contained plants that were either ornamental, medicinal, or edible. Today, we grow many medicinal herbs in the garden because it’s likely that William would have used them in his pharmacy. This includes hops. Hops, which is used to make beer, would have been used in the pharmacy as an herbal medicine to assist with sleeplessness and anxiety.
Dr. Root’s Miracle Elixir IPA will be available for a limited time at Schoolhouse Beer and Brewing, The Chicken and the Egg, Loco Willy’s, Marietta Pizza Company, and Stockyard Burgers beginning October 24, 2015.
ABOUT THE WILLIAM ROOT HOUSE MUSEUM AND GARDEN:
Owned and operated by Cobb Landmarks and Historical Society, the William Root House Museum and Garden offers an authentic look at life for a middle class Georgia family in 1850s. The simple frame house is more typical of its time and place than the grand plantations and columned mansions people typically imagine when they think of the Old South.
Visitors to the museum will learn the story of the house, the Root family, and life in antebellum and Civil War Georgia. Tours include opportunities for visitors to actually handle historic artifacts and to test their skills with various 19th century games. Using electronic tablets, visitors can analyze historic records, family photos, archaeological information, and more. These primary resources help explain how the Root family lived, and how the house has evolved over time.
For information about the Root House, hours of operation and admission call 770-426-4982 or visit http://www.roothousemuseum.com/.