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Newspaper Reports When Lizzie and Emma Purchased “Maplecroft”

27 Apr

maplecroftpenink1“Maplecroft” as it looked when Lizzie purchased it – showing shutters

Lizzie Borden was pronounced “Not Guilty” on June 20, 1893.  In less than two weeks, she and Emma were looking for a home “on the Hill” to purchase.  Within 3 weeks they had bought one, and less than a month later, they took possession.

The French Street home was not the first they considered, and when they did purchase #7 French Street, on August 10, 1893, they became the 3rd owner of the property.

July 1st  – less than 2 weeks after her acquittal this report on the Alfred Butterworth estate – neighbors weren’t happy with the prospect.  (Click on images for larger view and use “magnifying glass” feature).

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On July 6th came this report:

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Five days later – July 11th, the first report of the sale

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The next day – this report – The property sold for close to $13,000.

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August 10, 1893 – Final transaction – transfer of property from Charles W. and Alto Allen to Lizzie and Emma.

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There’s only been 7 or 8 owners of the property in 123 years.  I think that rather remarkable.   Another remarkable thing – the original shutters are being restored and will be put back on, according to my friend, Kristee Bates, the current owner.

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Posted by on April 27, 2015 in lizzie borden, Maplecroft

 

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One response to “Newspaper Reports When Lizzie and Emma Purchased “Maplecroft”

  1. Art

    May 1, 2015 at 7:46 PM

    I am glad to see Maplecroft now has an owner who is interested in its history and care (or restoration). My house, which I bought a year ago, was built in 1892, which is four years younger than Maplecroft. I am the sixth owner of my house, with two of the previous ones having owned it for upwards of 45-50 years each!

     

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