The City of Marietta has the opportunity to purchase and to preserve the oldest continually occupied residence within city limits. Historic Oakton estate began as a 325 acre homestead. Judge David Irwin built the house in 1838. The house and grounds served as the headquarters for Confederate Major General William W. Loring. Over the years, the surrounding land was sold off for residential developments. The current 5.5 acres consists of the main house, pool, gardens, barn, milk house, well house, and outdoor fireplace. Oakton surely is a diamond in our “Gem City.”
The current owners, Will and Michelle Goodman, purchased the property intending to keep the property in the Goodman family. They operated an event company specializing in tours, classes, and gatherings for all sizes. In addition, they started a local farm-to-table movement, selling products at the weekly farmer’s market and online. However, the time has come where they want to retire.
The property sat on the real estate market for 2 years. There has been interest in demolishing the home and building a residential development. If this happens, then we will lose Oakton’s history. Please contact local council members asking for the city to save Oakton!
Marietta Council Members: https://www.mariettaga.gov/636/Council-Members
The Save Oakton Project Facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/saveoaktonproject/?ref=br_rs) was created to disseminate information and updates.
For more information on the house, visit http://www.oaktonhouseandgardens.com/index.html.