Maplecroft Update – Rebello & Pavao Named as Curators

29 Jul


Here is the latest update by Deborah Allard-Dion of the Fall River Herald News on the status of restoration to the home where Lizzie Borden lived the entire second half of her life and where she died.

The home has actually had fewer than a handful of owners in the past 123 years, and I am constantly amazed when my friend, Kristee Bates, tells me of new finds discovered that were original to Lizzie’s time.  Furniture, fixtures, equipment, etc. that actually belonged to her have been laying dormant in the attic, basement, garage, etc.   I find that incredible and give my gratitude to all former owners who didn’t just throw things out.  Of course much of what WAS in the basement has been sold on eBay, given away to friends or otherwise disposed of by friends of a past owner, yet, still – so much remains it is mind-boggling.

Len Rebello and Bill Pavao are excellent sources for curating. They were both heavily involved in theBillLen “restorative research” and hands-on renovation of the Second Street home of Andrew Borden back in 1995-96, prior to it’s opening as a Bed & Breakfast Museum.  Bill was a “live-in” Curator of 92 Second for a brief time, and Len wrote the second best book ever on Lizzie and the case, Lizzie Borden Past & Present   (The #1 best book, of course, is the award winning Parallel Lives – A Social History of Lizzie A. Borden and Her Fall River by Michael Martins and Dennis Binette.) Kudo’s to Kristee for her restorative commitment and ability to seek out and acquire  knowledge of those without self-serving agendas but who are equally committed to achieving a “Maplecroft” worthy of  tribute to a much maligned woman of enduring mystery.

(All 3 images here by FRHN)



Posted by on July 29, 2015 in Uncategorized


3 responses to “Maplecroft Update – Rebello & Pavao Named as Curators

  1. Anonymous

    July 29, 2015 at 3:19 PM

    Thanks for the awesome updates. Do you know if the new owner plans on getting some maple trees planted? Maplecroft needs them. 🙂

    • phayemuss

      July 31, 2015 at 5:43 PM

      That’s been suggested by Bobbi Barth and I’ve passed it on to Kristee Bates. An excellent idea and one that should be turned into a promotional event just prior to the opening next summer. 🙂

  2. Judi Baker

    August 3, 2015 at 9:52 PM

    I CAN NOT wait to FINALLY be able to tour inside Maplecroft. It’s been the number 1item on my bucket list for a long time now. I wish you much luck on this endeavor.


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