The city intends Mimosa Hall to be “active” with events such as chamber music concerts, Horton said, unlike its three museum houses — Barrington and Bulloch halls and the Smith Plantation.
In related action, the council amended its proposed fiscal 2018 budget to designate $340,000 for a year’s debt service on the home, and $100,000 for maintenance and upkeep.
\Mimosa Hall dates to 1840. It was acquired in 1918 by architect Neel Reid, who designed the home’s gardens, fieldstone driveway and courtyard and modernized the house with plumbing, electricity and a furnace. The land has century-old trees, stone walls and paths, a swimming pool and a 19th century grist mill refashioned into a barn.