John Mobley built a large plantation style home in Fairfield District (Woodard, SC) named "Oakland".…
John Mobley built a large plantation style home in Fairfield District (Woodard, SC) named "Oakland". His father Samuel Mobley built his house, "Cedar Shades", during the Revolutionary era; it was an early Classical Revival residence with paneled two tiered square columns supporting the end gabled facade. An avenue of giant cedars led up to the residence. John Mobley built his house, "Oakland" during the 1820's; it was a Classical Revival residence with wide square paneled columns supporting the end gabled facade. The column sides facing the avenue and those facing the house featured glass panels; and the porch sides included doors by which lanterns could be placed in the columns to illuminate the porch and avenue. The reception hall and rooms flanking it were unusually large and the third floor served as a ballroom. The kitchen and large dining rom were detached from the main house but connected with it by a covered passage. The grounds of Oakland were formally landscaped.