The Mofield House
The Mofield house is presently owned by Brad and Lynda Simmons who have done extensive remodeling and renovation to the home since they purchased it.
Everyone who lived in and around Livingston during the 1920's through the 1960's have always known this home as the Mofield House. The property on which the Mofield House sits once belonged to Alfred Lafayette Windle and wife Mary (Armstrong) Windle, grandparents of Jerry Windle. According to information provided by Jerry Windle, the original house was a large,
white framed house, and was later bricked by his grandfather, Alfred Lafayette Windle.
A. J. Mofield and wife Martha Judith (Goolsby) Mofield, their two sons and three daughters, lived in the home for many years. Many who grew up in Livingston had Miss Bess Mofield, one of the daughters of the Mofields, as their third grade teacher. She taught at Livingston Elementary school for many years.
At the back of the Mofield house, a small, one roomed white frame
house still stands that was once lived in by the cook for the Mofield
family whose first name was Della. Della's daughter, Toots, lived in
that dwelling with her for a short time. Both Della and her daughter
were black. Marshall Peek, also black, worked as a handy man for the
Mofields as well. In the earlier days, there was also a smoke house
where meat was hung after hogs had been killed. Another building in the
yard was called the wash house. Inside of the wash house was a huge iron
kettle with a place to build a fire underneath that was used for doing
laundry. Clothes were played in the boiling water and then washed by
using a wooden scrub board.
Although no one seems to know for sure, it is believed that this could be the original Mofield home. The Mofield family members are in the cars shown in the photograph.
|In 1994, James Lewis and
wife Margie Lewis, along with Margie’s sister, Gay Nolfo, bought the
Mofield house. They did extensive renovation work on the house that
included installing a staircase that was originally in the home of Miss
Margaret Miller and the construction of a stone fireplace. Additional
exterior work was done that included the massive concrete columns on the
front of the house and the building of a waterfall and fish pond in the
yard. For a period of time, Margie and Gay operated a bed and breakfast in
the home. Many ladies in this area also enjoyed the vintage fashion shows
held there from time to time.
The present owners, Brad and Lynda
Simmons, have also done extensive renovation and improvements to the home.
Just a portion of the work includes two murals painted by local artist
Libby Allen, daughter of Shelby Reid and the late Morris Reid. One of the
murals was done in the dining room and depicts a peaceful landscape scene.
In the bedroom of Brad and Lynda’s son, a pirate theme was painted. The
Simmons have future plans for additional work that includes improving the
yard and landscape.