- Associated Press - Sunday, November 23, 2014

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) - The owner of Arlington, a historic home in Natchez, is beginning external repairs to the estate.

Thomas Vaughan is working on the estate after court proceedings that could have cost him thousands of dollars, Municipal Court Judge Pro Tem Tony Heidelberg told The Natchez Democrat (https://bit.ly/1z9ERmz).

Vaughan appeared in court in June 2013 for violating the city’s code regarding overgrown property. However, says Heidelberg, Vaughan has shown improvement as of late.

Vaughan lives in Jackson but has been traveling to Natchez to work on the estate, where a fire in 2002 destroyed the roof and second floor.

The roof was replaced shortly after the fire but the home was later vandalized. “The main thing is taking down the graffiti and start to make the house externally look like a grand home,” Heidelberg said.

Arlington was named the second most endangered historic property in Mississippi by the Mississippi Heritage Trust in 2009. Heidelberg says Vaughan hopes to turn that around.

Heidelberg said Vaughn has been giving him monthly updates. “We are working with (Vaughan) to keep things moving,” Heidelberg said. “At this point, he’s not in violation or contempt of any city ordinance. He’s doing a good job with the grass.”

Vaughan is now working on the home’s fence.

“There is a big light on the city,” Heidelberg said. “His property is not the only endangered property in the area. There are others who are similarly situated to (Vaughan), who will likely get an ordinance with the court because of the condition of their property.”

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Information from: The Natchez Democrat, https://www.natchezdemocrat.com/

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