Ax murder suspect Lizzie Borden’s mansion is for sale in MA

A piece of history is up for sale: the Massachusetts mansion alleged ax murderer Lizzie Borden owned and died in is listed on Zillow.

The nearly 4,000 square-foot Maplecroft mansion built in 1887 in Fall River was posted on Zillow in late August. The house Borden and her sister Emma lived in together, which has six fireplaces, seven bedrooms, and three and-a-half bathrooms, is listed for $890,000.

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After losing a legal battle with the city of Fall River and getting hit by the pandemic, the owners of Lizzie Borden’s Maplecroft mansion are selling the property. Zillow

“Presenting Maplecroft — the Queen Anne Victorian Mansion that once belonged to Lizzie Borden, who was accused and acquitted of the brutal ax murders of her father and Stepmother,” the listing, posted on Zillow by Suzanne St. John, says. “This was her final resting place that she lived in until her death, NOT the house where the murders happened.”

This is the second time in three years Maplecroft has been on the market, according to Boston Magazine. Previous owner Kristee Bates bought the house in 2014 and restored it, hoping to turn it into a bed and breakfast, before putting it up for sale in 2017, the magazine reported.

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After losing a legal battle with the city of Fall River and getting hit by the pandemic, the owners of Lizzie Borden’s Maplecroft mansion are selling the property. Zillow

Donald Woods and Lee-ann Wilber bought it in 2018 for $600,000, The Herald News reported.

Woods and Wilber own and operate the nearby Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast Museum — where the homicides took place in 1892, according to the Herald. They bought Maplecroft with the intention of turning it into a B&B but after spending $250,000 to update the house, the city asked them to make more changes to comply with accessibility regulations, the newspaper said.

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After losing a legal battle with the city of Fall River and getting hit by the pandemic, the owners of Lizzie Borden’s Maplecroft mansion are selling the property. Zillow

Woods and Wilber appealed the city’s decision to the Massachusetts Architectural Access Board of Building Regulations and Standards because they wanted to preserve the house’s historical integrity. But after the coronavirus pandemic entered the picture, they decided to sell, local media reports say.

The mansion will come “fully furnished with exceptional period pieces that speak to the very special past inhabitants of this home,” according to the Zillow listing.

Borden and her sister bought the 14-room mansion in 1893 after she was acquitted, the Herald reported. Borden’s sister moved out in 1905 but Borden spent the remainder of her life there until she died in 1927, according to the Herald.

Borden’s wake was held inside the house as well, the Herald reported. Borden’s sister died just days after her, according to the newspaper.

Jerry Pacheco, operations manager for the Borden B&B and museum, says the mansion offers a truly haunting experience, Boston Magazine reported.

“Honestly, that house has a lot

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Lizzie Borden’s House Is For Sale In Case You Want To Walk In The Footsteps of an Alleged Murderer

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.



a wooden bench covered in snow: A hatchet sits on a fence at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters on January 5, 2016, near Burns, Oregon.


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A hatchet sits on a fence at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters on January 5, 2016, near Burns, Oregon.

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.

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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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