Lizzie Borden House

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Coordinates: 41°41′56″N 71°09′22″W / 41.69894°N 71.15620°W / 41.69894; -71.15620

The Borden house at 230 Second Street in 2008

The Lizzie Borden House is where Lizzie Borden and her family lived. It is located on 230 Second Street in the city of Fall River, Massachusetts.[1]

History[edit]

The Borden house at 92 Second Street in the late 1800s

From 1874 to 1892, the house was the property of Andrew Borden, Lizzie's father, who was a member of Fall River high society.[2] After Lizzie's trial and acquittal of murdering her father and stepmother with an axe, Lizzie and her sister Emma did not return to the house. Instead, Lizzie bought another house located at 7 French Street that she named 'Maplecroft'. Lizzie lived there until her death on June 1, 1927.[1] The house number of 92 Second Street was changed to 230 in 1896.[3]

Today[edit]

It has operated as a bed and breakfast since 1996 under the ownership of Martha McGinn who inherited the house. Martha's grandparents purchased the house on August 4, 1948. According to Martha McGinn, the room where Lizzie's stepmother Abby Borden was found murdered is the "most requested room" of the bedrooms at the bed and breakfast. The Fall River Historical Society promotes the Lizzie Borden bed and breakfast as a tourist attraction.[4]

In popular culture[edit]

  • "Thin Lizzie", a 2015 episode of The CW series Supernatural (season 11, episode 5) involved a series of murders centered on the Lizzie Borden House Bed & Breakfast.
  • Nuka World, an expansion pack for the 2015 post-apocalyptic video game Fallout 4 features a house that resembles the Winchester Mystery House where a narrator tells the story of a young girl named Lucy who murdered her parents.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Douglas, John; Olshaker, Mark. The Cases That Haunt Us. Scribner. pp. 117–118. ISBN 978-0-7432-1239-7.
  2. ^ Cartwell, Mary (July 26, 1992). "Lizzie Borden Took an Ax". The New York Times. Retrieved July 22, 2018.
  3. ^ "Chronology 1789–1892". The Lizzie Andrew Borden Virtual Museum & Library. 2015. Archived from the original on April 2, 2015. Retrieved March 29, 2015.
  4. ^ Shea, Lois (October 29, 1995). "Lizzie Borden's house to be B&B Crime scene: Opening is set for next August, but fans of the Fall River ax murders are already reserving rooms". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved March 6, 2015.