House Lust: The Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast is On the Market

Would you sleep in the murder house?

Blood was shed in 1892, but New Englanders still know the rhyme by heart: “Lizzie Borden took an axe/and gave her mother forty whacks/when she saw what she had done/she gave her father forty-one.”

The courts acquitted Borden of murdering her father — a notorious curmudgeon with no shortage of foes — and stepmother, but the events still captivate the region today. For years, the site of the killings on Second Street in Fall River has operated as a popular bed and breakfast, where paranormal investigators and history buffs gather for events and overnight stays. Now, the owners are retiring and the Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast is ready for its next macabre-minded stewards.

Century 21 agent Suzanne St. John, who listed the murder house on Monday, has cornered the Lizzie Borden real estate market. (She also serves as a tour guide at the B and B, which is still booking guests with COVID-19 precautions in place.) Last fall, St. John listed Maplecroft, the home Borden purchased with her inheritance after her acquittal. (Read: Lizzie Borden’s Maplecroft Mansion is on the Market.) The same family owns both houses, says St. John in a phone interview on Tuesday.

“I kind of think they’re going to be purchased together,” she says, adding that potential buyers or investors might want to live in Maplecroft and continue running the Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast. Aside from a couple of exclusions, most of the trappings of the bed and breakfast — including pictures and knicknacks owned by the Bordens — are included in the sale.

“I feel like we all grew up watching ‘Newheart,’ ” the 1980s sitcom about a city family that opens a bed and breakfast in an oddball town, “and it’s going to be someone who is interested in that aspect.”

That, or the murder-y aspect. Ghost hunters, here’s your House Lust:

For more information on the Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast, contact Suzanne St. John at 401-302-4404. View the MLS listing or scroll through the Matterport virtual tour.


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