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 the “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)