Time to revisit Maplecrof – Lizzie Borden’s home for the entire second half of her life. She had great pride in this house which she nurtured, maintained, and coveted as if it were the child she never had.
Former owner, Bob Dube and current owner Kristee Bates – Fall River Herald News photo
House was purchased on November 21, 2014 by Twilight Enterprises (actually Howard and Kristee).
While its been written and often stated that Lizzie and her sister moved into a mansion on The Hill, the Charles M. Allen house was not a mansion. Newport had mansions – Fall River had stately Victorian homes. “Maplecroft” was purchased in November 2014.
The Fall River Herald News ran this article on early discoveries Kristee made of her renovation endeavors.
Last year, Kristee sent me fragments of the original wall paper and drapes from Lizzie’s front bedroom which I framed and show here:
Lizzie seems to have favored the darker colors, unlike her dining room paper shown below.
There are attempts to identify and acquire books Lizzie owned which, when signed by her, can cost several thousand dollars. Copies on display in Maplecroft would most certainly lack the “oooohh” and “aaahhh” factor as only things that really belonged to her will deliver satisfaction to visitors. For example, having a tour guide correctly state: “And this is the bed that Lizzie Borden died in.”
The house – as a tourist attraction – will have to be furnished with exquisite and tasteful furniture, fixtures, and other appointments that Lizzie herself would have purchased. Such acquisitions will be costly and difficult to find or otherwise acquire, however, will grant great credit to the new owners if achieved. I wish them the best of success in these endeavors and look forward to their progress.