The house where Lizzie Borden lived and died after allegedly murdering her family is now for sale. It’s not the home where Borden was accused of killing her father and stepmother in 1892, it’s where she lived after being acquitted of the crimes.
The home, called Maplecroft, is in Fall River, Massachusetts, the same town of the infamous Borden murder home. Apparently, it’s being sold by the same people who own the house where Borden allegedly murdered her family. That home is now a museum and bed and breakfast, something else to keep in mind if you’re looking for a terrifying vacation rental.
Donald Woods and Lee-ann Wilber, the owners, bought the Maplecroft property in 2018 with plans to convert it into a second museum location. “Our goal is to tell the story of the second part of her life,” Woods told the Herald News in 2018. “She really was a complex character. She’s not just an alleged ax murderer.”
The home is on the market fully furnished with furniture that represents the early 1900s. Though she was accused of murder, Borden went on to live an incredibly privileged life, one full of a rich social life and high societal standing. Her wealth is seen in the home itself, a mansion that sports seven bedrooms and incredible wood detailing.
It appears Woods and Wilber may have decided to sell the house after the building was declared not up to code. Local authorities declined to allow the public to visit the historic mansion without the addition of an elevator. Woods argued an elevator would take away from certain aspects of Borden’s history, according to the Herald News.
Since it doesn’t appear the home will be opening to the public anytime soon, now is the ideal chance for a true crime lover to dive into a historic, yet macabre location. It’s on the market for $890,000. You can see the full listing here.
Borden was found not guilty of mutilating her father and stepmother’s bodies with a hatchet, but it’s widely believed she was the true murderer. Borden’s name has become synonymous with American true crime and the creepy, yet fascinating stories that somehow inch their way into daily life.
In her case, the goes past being a household name and even into the realm of a terrifying children’s rhyme that details the brutal slaying. “Lizzie Borden took an axe,” is the first line of the jingle, which may be one of the ways the woman’s name was highly publicized.
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