The William Root House Museum will soon be getting a new addition: a 19th century log cabin.
At its Wednesday meeting, the City Council unanimously approved a plan to relocate the 875-square-foot building, known as the Manning Cabin, to the Root House’s parking lot adjacent to North Marietta Parkway.
The cabin was originally located on Macland Road and was owned by David Irwin, owner of Marietta’s historic Oakton home, during the 1850s. It was occupied by members of the Manning family during the Civil War.
Plans were drawn up to demolish the building in the 1990s, but it was spared through the efforts of Manning descendants. It was taken apart log by log and moved to family property near Powder Springs.
The family has donated the cabin to the Cobb Landmarks and Historical Society in the hopes that it will be preserved for future generations.
Donald Gillis, who represented Cobb Landmarks at Wednesday’s meeting, said the plans for doing that include building a new attachment in a historical style. Visitors to the Root House will be able to walk through the cabin and the attachment and learn about local history through video displays and other exhibits.
The move is part of a $600,000 capital expansion project for the museum that will also bring a historic brick smokehouse to the property.
The smokehouse was originally used for storing meat when it was located near Main Street in downtown Acworth in the 19th century. Insurance records from the 19th century indicate that a smokehouse used to stand behind the Root House, and the museum hopes to bring this one there to show what that might have been like.
Gillis said the smokehouse will be used for storage, but guests can tour the outside and learn about how it would have been used back in the day.
The museum is asking for donations to pay for the additions.
“I know this is a fundraising campaign, when you reported last year, you had raised a good portion of the money,” said Councilwoman Michelle Cooper Kelly. “Are you almost there yet?”
Gillis said fundraising is going well.
“We have raised a nice amount of money.... We think we have over half the money, but right now the market has been going up and up and up with the amount of construction in the Atlanta area, and prices are great,” he said.
According to the Root House’s website, the project has raised just over $450,000 of the $600,000 goal.
Gillis said he hopes the cabin will make the move in the next 60 days, and the rest of the construction will begin in the first quarter of next year and finish in the third quarter.