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Inside Lizzie Borden’s Renovated Maplecroft

14 Feb

Created by author Rebecca Pittman – The History & Haunting of Lizzie Borden.  Enjoy.

BTW, while I think Kristee Bates has done a very good job in renovating “Maplecroft”, I still do not think this is how Lizzie had it furnished and decorated in her day.  Lizzie selected only the very best of furnishings, fixtures and equipment because she could well afford it.  Her home, which she nurtured and lovingly maintained as if it were her child, had the very best appointments.  She bought only “the very best”.   Kristee worked on a budget and it does not escape the discerning eye.  Nonetheless, it is still beautiful and representative of Victorian homes of the 1890’s.  However, one only has to go to the Fall River Historical Society  or the Easton Tea Room (1870 Alexander Dorrance Easton residence also owned by the FRHS) to see the high quality wallpaper and exceptional quality furniture donated over the years.  The difference is remarkable and unmistakable.  There one will find furniture and fixtures inside these two establishments closer to what “Miss Lizbeth” would have had in her own home.

While the precise decade (1893 to 1927)  Maplecroft’s renovated interior  is reflecting is unclear, the Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast Museum is furnished exactly as it would have been on August 4, 1892.  Aspiring and inspired detectives can play out what they know or suspect of the crimes with a full and thoroughly captivating  “stage”.   Kudos to the original “set decorators” and Kudos to General Manager Lee-ann Wilber  (since 2004)  and owner, Donald Woods,  who have not altered  its base authenticity.

And a special Kudo to Rebecca Pittman for providing us with the first ever video showing the interiors of both the Second Street and French Street homes in which Lizzie lived the entire first half and entire second half of her life, respectively.   Well done!

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9 responses to “Inside Lizzie Borden’s Renovated Maplecroft

  1. Marilyn Marques Piggott

    February 15, 2017 at 6:56 AM

    If the now Maplecroft is being referred to as the EXACT replica of Lizzie’s Maplecroft than this is sad.

     
  2. Linda Pearson

    February 15, 2017 at 8:35 AM

    Wow!!!! Have you been inside Maplecroft?

     
    • phayemuss

      February 15, 2017 at 8:41 AM

      Yes, many times when Robert Dube’ owned it.

       
  3. Robert Matterson

    February 15, 2017 at 8:36 AM

    what happened to the curators?

     
    • phayemuss

      February 15, 2017 at 8:39 AM

      Leonard Rebello (author of Lizzie Borden Past & Present) and Bill Pavao were Maplecroft curators hired by Kristee Bates. They parted company a long while ago. She quit using them over differences of how she was furnishing the home. Both those gentlemen had input on the Borden home at 92 Second Street.

       
  4. Preston Richards

    February 17, 2017 at 3:27 PM

    Thank u for posting this video. I have traveled to Fall River and been to the Society and have to agree with what you said. Some day I hope to go again and this time see inside Maplecroft but I don’t think it will be as thrilling for me like when I was inside the Lizzie Borden house many years ago. I really enjoy your blog. You know so much about this!

    Preston Richards
    Wichita, Kansas

     
  5. Ellen W.

    February 18, 2017 at 9:03 AM

    Luna Musselman, Faye, whomever… You are not allowed in Maplecroft period. You have not or never will see the “new” Maplecroft. You have warrants in Fall River and are not even allowed in the city, I will happy to post those for your viewing pleasure. You really should seek help Faye. Focus on your inner-self instead of bashing people.

     
  6. Adella Ann Rose

    February 19, 2017 at 6:22 PM

    Thank you for posting the video. I stayed one night at the B&B but don’t think I’d pay for a night at the other house, might go on a day tour though. Do you think she did it? Adella A. Rose

     
  7. Matthew Z.

    February 20, 2017 at 4:39 PM

    Another super surprise, Faye. You never disappoint. I’ve followed this blog for years so I enjoy reading your older posts when you re-blog. We should meet up next time you come to the Boston area. I’m in Lowell.

     

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