Pictured is Ryan Woods. Photo credit Jack Foley, Herald News
The Fall River Herald News ran this story today.
Just think of it – visitors will be able to tour both homes where Lizzie lived all but 12 years of her life. She was born on Ferry Street in Fall River in 1860, but in 1872 Andrew purchased the home at 92 Second Street. Indeed, from age 12 to 32 she continued to live under the auspices of her father, Andrew J. Borden. Then, shortly after her 1893 Acquittal, she lived the remaining 33 years of her life at “Maplecroft” in The Highlands. The contrast is astonishing.
She loved her home on French Street and coveted it as if it were her child, nurturing it with nothing but the best. (Paranormal enthusiasts take note: If the spirits of Andrew and Abby Borden reside at 92 Second Street, the spirit of Lizzie Borden resides at Maplecroft.)
I look forward to the inevitable videos, documentaries, travelogs, social media input, (and perhaps even a film on the second half of her life) etc., that will be forthcoming on the interior of Maplecroft for the multitudes interested in Lizzie.
Not only past and repeat visitors to the Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast will be flooding back to Fall River for a brand new experience related to their most compelling icon, but completely NEW visitors to Fall River will come for a look-see. These new visitors, who may just want to stay at a Victorian B&B on their way to Newport may take a look around at development opportunities and……well, who knows.
Again, I say HUZZAH to the new owners. And again, it was the only purchase that made sense.