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Renovation of Maplecroft – short videos


Image by Joey Radza

Back in the spring of 2015, Kristee Bates, former owner of Maplecroft in Fall River, was busy with restorations in preparation for turning it into a Bed and Breakfast. She sent me many short videos of her progress, however, she sold the property before going operational. Now, five years later, it is being sold again. Lizzie Borden lived in this house for the full second half of her life – from 1893 to 1927. (She died a few days after Charles Lindberg crossed the Atlantic.) Anyway, when viewing the interior being gutted, altered, stripped, painted, dressed up, modified, and prepped for showing – let’s peek behind the curtains.

You can view 12 of these very short videos posted on my Facebook Page by clicking  HERE 

or the individual videos as shown below, however, the quality is inferior.  Please be patient while the videos load – takes about 15 seconds.

















The final result of the restoration can be viewed HERE.  (Click an image and take a tour.)


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Lizzie Borden’s Maplecroft Falls Victim to Covid-19

Fall River Herald News photo

The For Sale sign is out again at this French Street beauty – the home where Lizzie lived the entire second half of her life and where she died. The Mello Group – Real Estate Sales and Development, is representing the property. (They have a Facebook page).

It’s really no surprise given past difficulties with the State of MA for special clearances and then the impact of COVID-19. This will truly be a “hard” sell. But best of luck to Donald Woods. He gave many Lizzie Borden fans an immeasurable service by allowing so many people in that would not otherwise have had the opportunity. Please accept our gratitude.

Here’s the prior listing with a wonderful 3D Tour.

Yes, indeed. The Times they are a-changing.


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Perfect Replica of the Lizzie Borden House by Bobbie Barth

Click images for full view.

I had been visiting Fall River two to three times a year since 1977, and staying at the Lizzie Borden B&B since 1996.  On my April, 2007, visit I met a gal I’d been digitally communicating with for some time.  But now I got to meet her in person – Bobbie Barth.


I knew that Bobbie had created a miniature of The House and would be arriving with two of her friends while I was there.  I also knew she was hyper excited about being in the same place this notorious crime was committed, let alone the subject of her latest work.

Sure enough, when Bobbie got out of the car the first thing she did was walk the entire perimeter checking out every detail to see if she got it right.  She did.  Oh, yes, indeedy.  She certainly did.


The detail is incredible.   Going only by known photographs and what she had read, Bobbie captured the full essence of Lizzie’s House.

Long ago I had suggested she donate it for display to the B&B (about 12 years ago).  However, the fragility of materials and manner of construction make shipping very problematic.   So, I share a few images I have here, for all to marvel.

Bobbie, you did an outstanding job with this amazing, one-of-a-kind replica of the most visited structure in all of Fall River and one that is recognized by millions world-wide.


(I know of only one other replica (and no other hand made) – the 4-1/” x 6-1/2″ plaster of paris type mold:  American Haunted Village collection from the Bradford Exchange – which sells at the B&B for $60 shown below).


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Lizzie Borden’s Pandemic


                                           Image by Harry Widdows (R.I.P.)

It was 1918, and Lizzie Borden was very worried about the Spanish Flu.

The pandemic started in January, probably in France, China or Great Britain.  Nobody knows for sure but the first case in the United States was in March of 1918 at a military base in Kansas.  The death toll is thought to be 50 million – 3% of the world’s population.  Some scientists think it could have been as high as 100 million.  In the United States, 675,000 people died.  One third of the population became infected

In the late summer of 1918, the second wave hit the U.S. hard with doughboys returning from the war and arriving in ports in Philadelphia, New York, and Boston.

The specific impact of the 1918 Spanish Flu on Fall River River can be read HERE.

Lizzie, now 58 years old and still living in “Maplecroft”, would have read of the horrifying results of the spread of the virus.  She would have also read of the March 3rd death of Dr. Seabury Bowen, aged 78.

Alone, except for her hired help (her sister Emma had moved out of Maplecroft nearly 13 years previous), one can picture Lizzie in her upstairs suite of rooms.  Sitting at her inlaid mahogony desk and reading the Providence Journal or Evening Standard our enduring Lizzie would be a woman sad, depressed and worried.

And in these present days we can feel a little empathy for her, can we not?


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Threads That Bind – A Lizzie Borden Presentation


I made this over 10 years ago.  Enjoy.

Click here and then keep clicking to advance presentation —–> THREADS THAT BIND


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Lizzie Borden & The Animal Rescue League

Here’s a recycled post (from April 2009) of Lizzie Borden and the Animal Rescue League of Fall River.


Lizzie Borden not only left a huge amount of money to the Animal Rescue League of Fall River when she died on June 1, 1927, but she was also one of its initial financial contributors when it was created in 1914.  Her friend, nurse Helen Leighton and Helen’s friend, school teacher Gertrude Baker were there at the beginning and became founding members of the League.

                                   image by faye musselman

Reading over the Annual Reports from my collection, its interesting to contrast how the League began.  Here’s a sample Report and a history document recapping its early beginnings.

Click on the link below for a scanned image of the April 15, 1926 “12th Annual Report of the Secretary” of the Animal Rescue League of Fall River who, at that time, was Annie E. Allen.

12th Annual Report-1926

Little did the Board of Directors know that less than 14 months later they would be the recipients of large bequests from the Wills of Lizzie ($30,000) and Emma ($20,000) Borden.  Subsequent “Annual Reports” reveal these monies were invested so well that income is still derived from this fund.

The “History” tells us that early fundraising after its incorporation was done in private homes – perhaps even Lizzie’s?  And that they even dressed up as playing cards and had various games.  I like to think Lizzie participated and had some fun.  Stuffy Emma would probably have deferred even if she had still been living at “Maplecroft”.   It was the League who took care of the burial of Lizzie’s dogs according to later Reports filed.



Today, the Faxon Animal Rescue League, (formerly the Animal Rescue League of Fall River) located at 474 Durfee Street, pays tribute to the Borden sisters by keeping their photographs on the wall in their lobby.  You can see their pictures in the upper right corner of that photograph as is shown here.

photo by faye musselman


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Posted by on October 29, 2019 in Fall River History, Maplecroft


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Recent Visitors to Lizzie Borden B&B Museum with Entertaining Photos-The Plain Dealer

Lisa DeJong/’The Plain Dealer

This breezy, multi-image article by Lisa DeJong of The Plain Dealer (Ohio’s largest newspaper) is about a few different out of state visitors to the B&B.

Aside from her repeated references of the murder weapon being an axe instead of a hatchet, it’s a delightful digital tour inclusive of the grave site, the New Bedford courthouse and Maplecroft. And a special featurette – that cutie pie, Alex Woods. Enjoy!


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