Uriah and his wife also sold their son, Augustus, 443 acres of their land. Augustus built his mansion high atop the hill on this land in order to assert his wealth and power to his neighbors. The construction of the house spans the years 1868-1872, with completion during 1880. Like many wealthy landowners, Modesitt and a friend hired brothers, James and John Moots, to serve as substitutes in the Civil War. Modesitt was a very influential person in Barbour County; indeed, from 1866-1869, he occupied the office of Sheriff of Barbour County, and was key in establishing the Masonic Lodge, which was established in 1870.
Long after Modesitt would pass away in 1881, the honorable Judge Ira E. Robinson would abide in the mansion from 1920-1950. Robinson would bestow the name it holds today, Adaland, to honor his wife and daughter. He would serve as a lawyer and from the point he was admitted to the bar in 1891, his law career would take him to Washington to serve as a member of the Federal Radio Commission by charter, appointed by President Coolidge. Before this, he served the state in various capacities, starting as a prosecuting attorney in Taylor County from 1897-1900.