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City Inks signed a deal with the Historic Natchez Foundation for Auburn

Published Wednesday, January 25, 2023 at 3:35 PM

NATCHEZ — The Historic Natchez Foundation is all set to take over operations at the city-owned antebellum home Auburn, located in Duncan Park, after the Natchez Board of Aldermen approved an agreement with it Tuesday night.

The city of Natchez was in a quandary late last year when the Friends of Auburn called it quits. The Friends of Auburn group has managed the historic home for 50 years.

“We have received an invitation from the mayor to consider running Auburn,” said Carter Burns, executive director of the Historic Natchez Foundation.

The agreement with the foundation is based on the same agreement the city had with the Friends of Natchez group.

The foundation will promote the home, open it for tours and manage it.

In recent years, the Friends Group had problems manning the home for tours, and as a result it was not often open to visitors.

“We plan to promote the house and get more visitors to it and have it open more often,” Burns said.

Under the agreement, all revenue generated at Auburn will be split between the foundation and the city, with 75 percent going to the foundation and 25 percent going to the city.

The foundation has completed a comprehensive inventory of the home’s furnishings, which Burns presented to the city at its meeting Tuesday night.

The initial agreement with the Historic Natchez Foundation is for two years, said city attorney Bryan Callaway, who said he included an “escape clause” in the contract.

At any time during the agreement, either party can terminate the agreement with 60 days’ notice and no reason to do so, Callaway said.

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Councilors unanimously approved the agreement.

In other matters:

• Jeff Wilson, president and chief investment officer at Trinity Investments, pitched to invest the city’s bond money for maximum returns.

• Heard a plea from James Berry, who represents a committee of rodeo enthusiasts in the area, to be allowed to ride their horses in parades around town.

Berry said the group was not allowed to participate in the town’s Christmas parade.

“When I was a little boy, I would wait until the end of the parade to see the horses. We were told before the last parade that we wouldn’t be able to participate,” said Berry.

Berry said he would be willing to have someone ride an ATV behind the horses in the parade and clean up any mess they leave behind.

“I know these men and they are real cowboys. They’re bringing business to Adams County,” said Billie Joe Frazier, ward 2 alderman. “I’m saying that as a board we need to work with them to make it possible for them to be in parades again.”

Berry brought copies of regulations and ordinances other cities use to control horses in their parades.

City attorney Callaway agreed to study the matter and report to aldermen.