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).
On July 6th came this report:
Five days later – July 11th, the first report of the sale
The next day – this report – The property sold for close to $13,000.
August 10, 1893 – Final transaction – transfer of property from Charles W. and Alto Allen to Lizzie and Emma.
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.