Finally, it happened. After more than 2 decades trying to sell, owner Bob Dube succeeded last month. The new owner, Kristee Bates of Dallas, Texas has plans to turn it into a Bed & Breakfast. If her plans become reality, she couldn’t do better than to have Shelley Dziedzic be the Manager. Her taste and affinity for the Victorian would bring class and elegance to the B&B experience.
I was first inside Mablecroft in 1992 during the Lizzie Borden Centennial Conference and again in 1999. Since that time I’ve visited inside nearly every visit to Fall River as Bob Dube has been a good friend and gracious host.
I’ve been fortunate to have spent the night there twice and used the downstairs commode (the door adjacent to the bench here) on many occasions. It has the same tin ceiling as is in the kitchen. And while passing nature’s liquid bodily waste, I have often stared upward at the ceiling and contemplated what might have been Lizzie’s thoughts as she did the same. 🙂
Sadly, what is no longer at this French Street home is this beautiful stained glass window where Shelley posed in August, 1992 during the Conference and when Mr. Dube opened the house up for tours.
Nearly a decade after purchasing the home, Mr. Dube cited the stained glass windows in particular during the property settlements with his wife.
I’m certain Stefani Koorey, ever vigilant on the comings and goings of activity at Maplecroft, be it “For Sale” signs going up or if I’ve parked my rental in the driveway, will continue her binocular stakeouts when Ms. Bates moves in, and thus providing the details in her blog and Facebook postings. Cautionary Note to Kristee: “Beware of neighbors bearing warm cookies of welcome.” (wink, wink).
An now a look back at Maplecroft over the years – Click HERE.