July 14, 2024


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Lizzie Borden house, site of double axe murder of her parents in Fall River, up for sale for  million

Lizzie Borden house, site of double axe murder of her parents in Fall River, up for sale for $2 million

Lizzie Borden house, site of double axe murder of her parents in Fall River, up for sale for  million

For $2 million, the 19th century Fall River home where Lizzie Borden was accused of murdering her parents with an axe could be yours.

The scene of the brutal double axe murder, a historic green-colored house located at 230 2nd St., was put on the market Monday. The home has been a museum since 1998 and a tourist attraction for murder-mystery fanatics for much longer.

Owned by Donald Woods and Lee-ann Wilber, the museum is called the Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast, the house where Abby and Andrew Borden were axed to death in the late 1800s. Last year, it was named the creepiest place to visit in Massachusetts by Thrillist.

“Lizzie Borden took an axe… or did she? Welcome to the ORIGINAL house where Lizzie Borden was accused (and acquitted) of the brutal double axe murders of her father, Andrew, and stepmother, Abby,” the listing said. “This is an unbelievable opportunity to own and operate one of New England’s top tourist attractions.”

On Aug. 4, 1892, Lizzie Borden was arrested over allegations she was responsible for the double-murder of her parents seven days prior. However, the case did not end there.

Following a grand jury indictment, Borden went on trial for the murders in June 1893 and was later acquitted, leading to one of the nation’s most infamous unsolved mysteries.

“Although acquitted of the charges against her, the question of whether Lizzie Borden committed the murders remains to this day,” the U.S. Library of Congress said.

After being tried in court and acquitted of all the charges levied against her, Borden returned to her home city of Fall River and tried to begin private life again, according to the community’s historical society.

Despite the jury’s not-guilty verdict, though, “the specter of suspicion remained ever-present,” the Fall River Historical Society said on its website. The double-murder haunted Borden for the rest of her days.

“Today, the name ‘Lizzie Borden’ is known worldwide, and interest in her is enduring as well as universal. The Borden case is viewed as one of the most famous unsolved mysteries of all time,” the website says.

Described as an austere, raw-boned structure, the 2nd Street home remains close to how it looked in the 1890s, according to the museum.

The home’s decorations have been duplicated. The original hardware and doors remain intact, and the furnishings in the house are in their rightful place, the Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast’s website said.

“Artifacts from the murder case are displayed while memorabilia from the era line shelves and mantel tops,” the museum noted. “A visitor is literally transported back to that morning when a perfect storm of events culminated in a double murder.”

The site of the 1892 axe murder is not the only Borden-related property up for sale.

The historic “Maplecroft” mansion, where Borden lived after her acquittal, was also recently put on the market. The home was being sold for $890,000 in September of last year.

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