The home in Fall River where Lizzie Borden lived for many years is still up for sale.
Originally priced at $849,000 when it went on the market in September, the asking price for the fully furnished manse has been lowered to $799,000.
Built in 1889, the Queen Anne Victorian at 306 French St. is located about a mile north of the house where Borden’s father and stepmother were famously killed in August 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 subsequently charged with the gruesome crime and went to trial, and was found not guilty in June 1893.
After she was acquitted of the murders, Borden and her sister Emma moved into this home on French Street. Borden called the property “Maplecroft” and had that name chiseled into the front steps, where it still can be seen today.
Borden lived in the house until her death in 1927. Her funeral services were held there on June 4, 1927, after which she was buried next to her parents at Oak Grove Cemetery.
The property is currently assessed at $391,700, according to city assessor records.
The nearly 4,000-square-foot home has eight bedrooms, six fireplaces, and 3.5 bathrooms that have been beautifully restored. It comes fully furnished and has the potential to be turned into a bed-and-breakfast, according to the listing on the Mott and Chace Sotheby’s International Realty website.
“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 states. “Each room is decorated with accurate period pieces and include accoutrement that speaks to its Borden history. Maplecroft is being offered for sale fully furnished and has a variance to operate as a bed and breakfast. It has been a private residence since [its] restoration, unseen by the public. Serious inquiries only please.”
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