A mansion in Fall River that once belonged to Lizzie Borden is back on the market.
The Queen Anne Victorian at 306 French St. is located about a mile away from the house where Borden’s father and stepmother were famously killed in 1892.
The mutilated bodies of Andrew Borden and his wife, Abby, were found on the morning of Aug. 4, 1892, at their home on Second Street. “Their heads smashed with a hatchet,” read the headline in the Boston Globe the next day. “No clue as yet to this most atrocious and brutal crime.”
Lizzie Borden was charged and went to trial, but was ultimately found not guilty.
After she was acquitted of the murders, Borden and her sister Emma moved into this home on French Street. The property was known as “Maplecroft."
The 3,935-square-foot home was built in the late 1880s and has seven bedrooms, 3.5 baths, six fireplaces, “tin ceilings in the kitchen, coffered ceilings, walnut wainscoting, inlaid parquet floors, stained glass, and exquisite mantle pieces that some say hold a hidden meaning," reads the listing on Zillow.com. "Maplecroft is being offered fully furnished with exceptional period pieces that speak to the very special past inhabitants of this home.”
The real estate listing also notes that the house at 306 French St. is where Borden lived until her death, but it’s “NOT the house where the murders happened.” (That house is located at 230 Second St. and is operated as a museum and bed and breakfast.)
Borden’s home at 306 French St. is located in the city’s Highlands Historic District and is advertised as an “impeccably restored high style Victorian art piece” that “will bring you back to a gentler time but with today’s modern conveniences.”
The house comes fully furnished, and the asking price is $890,000.
The property is full of history, according to the listing agent, Suzanne St. John of The Seyboth Team / Century 21 in Seekonk.
Borden lived in the house until her death in 1927. She was 66 years old. Her funeral services were held at her home on June 4, 1927, after which she was buried next to her parents at Oak Grove Cemetery.
“It’s the place that Lizzie lived out the rest of her life,” St. John said in a telephone interview. “It’s just incredible. It’s definitely like stepping back in time.”