My friend Kristee Bates tells readers what she’s been doing lately restoring Maplecroft. She shares some of her discoveries and plans. I’ve persuaded her to do short videos of each renovation project in each area of the house to document its progress. She’s been sending these to me to string together for a DVD. I felt it was important to have a video record of what was being done. And so much more is being discovered and worked on than what is conveyed in the article.
The bottom half of the page above, i.e., “Borden expert not a fan of series spin” is my interview with the same reporter on Episode 6 of The Lizzie Borden Chronicles. (I thought it was kinda cool our interviews appeared the same day on the same page.)
With regards to “Maplecroft” becoming a B&B, it’s important to keep in mind the primary differences from 92 Second Street with regards to the “Lizzie Borden” connection. The Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast Museum was built in 1845 in the Greek Revival architectural design. Lizzie moved in when she was 12 years old and lived there until she was 33. She had only lived in 3 houses in her entire lifetime: 1) The Ferry Street “homestead” where she was born, where her sister was born and where her father was born; 2) 92 Second Street; and 3) 306 French Street.
The house on French Street she subsequently named “Maplecroft”, was built in 1891-92 and Lizzie moved in when she was 33 and lived there for 33 years – the entire second half of her life. While 92 Second Street is notorious for the events of August 4, 1892 – a singular date in time – the French Street home is only notorious because Lizzie lived and died there.
When the Second Street house was being renovated to operate as a B&B, Martha McGinn and Ron Evans took great pains to be as precise as possible in restoring furniture and fixtures to be as accurate to that “date in history” as possible. Kristee Bates has no such restrictions other than keeping “Maplecroft’s” interior true to the Victorian and Edwardian age. She has the freedom to mix periods as she wishes.
The photographs below are most all that are known taken of the interior of Maplecroft to date. They include photos recently appearing in the Fall River Herald News, photos taken by me on separate occasions inside the home, and photos taken by Shelley Dziedzik on separate occasions while inside the home. Robert Dube’, former owner of more than 30 years, rarely allowed photos to be taken inside even when he operated it as a B&B for a short period. I know Kristee has allowed several neighbors into the home since she began her restorative labor of love, but has restricted the taking of photos..
Back stairs for servants. Carpet has been removed.
The stained glass features of the house are lovely.
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