Lizzie Borden took an axe
And gave her mother forty whacks.
When she saw what she had done,
She gave her father forty-one.
And after the trial, Lizzie Borden and her sister Emma moved into Maplecroft Mansion, an eight-bedroom, four-bath home in Fall River, Massachusetts, settling in and even changing her name to Lizbeth in an attempt to avoid the notoriety she had obtained after her arrest and murder trial.
It was named Maplecroft, in fact, by Borden. And now that home, located at 306 French St., can be yours for $849,900.
“The property was commissioned in 1889 by Charles Allen and sold to Lizzie Borden (and her sister Emma) in 1893 after her acquittal of the murder of her parents, a story and trial which engaged the nation,” listing agents Taylor & Associates said.
Even though she was acquitted, Borden’s history followed her and she was reportedly shunned by Fall River elite. By 1905, Borden was alone in the home after an argument with her sister over a party Borden gave for actress Nance O’Neil. Her sister moved out, and never spoke to Borden again.
Borden lived in the home until she died of pneumonia on June 1, 1927. Few attended her funeral. She left what would be the equivalent of half a million dollars to the Fall River Animal Rescue in her will.
Since then, the home has been lovingly maintained and restored. In addition to the bedrooms and bathrooms, the home features six fireplaces, designed to keep the New England chill at bay, no doubt.
“Details include tin ceilings in the kitchen, coffered ceilings in the parlor, exquisite mantelpieces, walnut wainscoting, custom millwork and inlaid parquet flooring just to name a few,” the listing said. “Each room is decorated with accurate period pieces and include accouterment that speaks to its Borden history.”
The mansion is being sold fully furnished and can be a bed and breakfast (although the current owner has used it as a private residence for some time).