The story of Lizzie Borden is a sad and hair-raising tale that lives on through her home that is now a bed and breakfast and museum in Fall River, Massachusetts.
On August 4, 1892, Andrew Borden and his wife Abby Borden were found brutally murdered in their home with their skulls caved in by the vicious blows of a hatchet. Famously, their youngest daughter, Lizzie, became the main suspect in the murder case, as she was the only one around and the first to find them. Furthermore, Lizzie was believed to have fiscal and emotional incentives to kill her father and stepmother. During the trial, Lizzie was acquitted of her alleged crimes.
The Borden house on 92 Second street is now a bed an breakfast and museum that is open to the public year round. Inside the entire crime scene has been recreated and memorabilia from that dismal night can be bought at the gift store in the back. Lizzie’s room, as well as that of her father and stepmother’s, are available to stay in if you feel brave enough to do so. But just a warning: the house is known for its supposed paranormal activities.
Know Before You Go
From Providence and Points West:Take I-195 East to Exit 7 in Fall River,Ma(Plymouth Ave exit). Bear right. *(see below) Approximate travel time: 25 minutes. From New Bedford and Points East:Take I-195 West to Exit 7 in Fall River(Plymouth Ave exit). Bear left. *(see below) Approximate travel time: 20 minutes. From Boston and Points North:Take Rte. 24 South to I-195 West to Exit 7 (Fall River). Bear left.*(see below) Approximate travel time: 60 minutes. From Newport and Points South:Take Rte. 138 North to Rte. 24 North to I-195 West to Exit 7 in Fall River (Plymouth Ave exit). Bear left. *(see below) Approximate travel time: 30 minutes. *Take Rte. 81 South, turn right at Walgreens (Rodman St.), turn right at first light (Second St.). Borden House is on the right after St. Mary's Cathedral. Parking available behind house. Tour is 45-60 minutes depending on your guide and size of your tour group. Cost is $20/adult (ask for the AAA discount if you have it). You get an even more in-depth tour (2 1/2 hours) going in the basement and other parts of house along with paranormal info if you stay at the B&B (which is not cheap!).