Lizzie Borden took an axe, and gave her mother forty whacks. When she saw what she had done, she gave her father forty-one.” -anonymous folk rhyme
Do you have the guts to spend a night?
One of America’s most haunted homes, the Lizzie Borden House
During the late morning hours of August 4, 1892, the body of A.J. Borden was found in the sitting room of the Borden home. Slumped over and dead on the sofa, Lizzie Borden’s father A.J. had been brutally murdered. Just a few minutes later, the body of Abby Borden, Lizzie’s stepmother, was found in the upstairs bedroom. It appeared that they had both been murdered with an axe. Further investigation would conclude that A.J. received 11 fatal blows, Abby 18.
It didn’t take long for Lizzie to be accused of the murders. Some say she had a long hatred for her father and wanted to inherit his riches. Others argued that it could have been anyone, that he was a miser and an disliked man in the community. Some even blamed the maid. None the less, there just wasn’t enough evidence to convict Lizzie, and she was acquitted from the charges. Acquitted and rich.
So, during our Legendary New England Tour, we went to the Lizzie Borden House…
When I first walked into this home I was just stunned at how well preserved the house itself was. Though most of it’s furnishings are near identical replacements, it was laid out as if we had time warped right to that fateful day. There are photos of the family on walls and shelves and artifacts from the Borden case and family. We went on a tour through the home and in great detail, relived the murders of that summer morning of 1892.
Life would never be the same for Lizzie…
As I mentioned, Lizzie was acquitted. From this day on she was an outcast, and moved away from the Borden home to a nearby house on a hill which she named “Maplecroft”. Here she lived a comfortable life with a staff and her sister Emma. She changed her name to “Lizbeth” in an effort to remove herself from the stigma of “Lizzie”. She eventually passed of natural causes on June 1, 1927, just 9 days before her sister Emma’s death. Both sisters were buried beside their murdered parents in the family plot in Oak Grove Cemetery.
It just so happens we went to the cemetery too, cause we’re creepy like that…
As I drove into the Oak Grove Cemetery I couldn’t help but notice a lot of buried Bordens. I mean this place is filled with everything from tiny little blocks of marble to all out monumental statues all bearing the Borden name. Why is it that the Bordens seem to be bound to Fall River? I did a little bit of research upon my return from New England and came upon this…
Staying with the Bordens:
The Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast at 92 Second Street in Fall River, MA is known to be one of the most haunted homes in the Northern United States. Said to be haunted by more than just the victims, today it is a fully functional Bed & Breakfast with more than just a place to rest your head. If you are brave enough, you can stay a night in the very rooms once occupied by A.J., Abbey, Lizzie and Emma, and live the “Lizzie Borden Experience” with an evening paranormal ghost tour.
Something you may not know…
The Borden family is no stranger to tragedy. Just next door to the Borden home was the home of Lizzie’s Great Uncle Lawdwick. Uncle Lawdwick’s second wife, Eliza Darling Borden brutally murdered 2 of their 3 children when she threw all of them down a well just before slitting her own throat with a straight razor.
It is said that these 2 children, Eliza and Holder, haunt the Lizzie Borden House today. It is not uncommon for guests to bring small toys for the earthbound spirits to play with. Guests have reported hearing children’s laughter and the sound of children playing on the second and third floors. There is a room in the house called the “children’s room” where most of the activity has been experienced.