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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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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!

https://www.cleveland.com/entertainment/2019/10/did-she-or-didnt-she-on-the-bloody-trail-of-lizzie-borden-in-fall-river-mass.html

 

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Lizzie Borden Homes Raising Money for Homeless

 

Themed events to help victims of the Four Winds Fire in Fall River will be held at the two top tourist destinations – Click HERE.

All those Travel Channel and Discovery Channel programs have just begun to tap into the availability of a new location for crime-solving and ghost-hunting enthusiasts, i.e., “Maplecroft” in Fall River, MA.  This was the house “on the hill” purchased by Lizzie and Emma after her acquittal in 1893.  Quite fortuitous for Donald Woods and Lee-ann Wilber who own and are vested in this property, as well as the Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast – both run as businesses and their objective is to make a profit.  That’s the purpose of a business.  So the welcoming of these type of shows is “smart marketing”.  (And may I insert here that the B&B on Second Street was once operating under the parent company, “Smart Advertising”).

Anyway, huzzah, I say for their charitable contribution to the unfortunate victims of the fire.  And keep those doors open wide for those who come to feed the need.  <wink, wink>

P.S.  The recent Legend Hunter with host Pat Swain was rather well produced, I thought.

 

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Maplecroft – Paranormal Investigations Begin

The following video was posted on YouTube just today – January 1, 2019.  While all necessary permits have not yet been issued by the City of Fall River for  this home to be operated for tours and a B&B, let’s hope when they are this type of marketing keeps it open.

Thousands have flocked to the Second Street home because of the paranormal interest, thus keeping the “murder house” open for thousands of those who have no such interest in things that go bump in the night.  No matter, business is business.

So here it is – the first on the 1st.  (There are some inaccuracies but that’s okay).  Lizzie Borden’s Maplecroft.

 

 

 

 

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Maplecroft Meeting ADA Requirements

Maplecroft Update:

Handicap ramp being installed today and a chair lift for main staircase later. These are necessary to meet ADA requirements for permit issuance to operate as a B&B.

The Second Street location did not have to comply back in 1996. New time, new council.

Some may think a chair lift in the foyer may take away from the Edwardian era ambience.  Some may be right.  But hey, do you want to see it open to the public or not?

Bless Donald and Ryan Woods for doing what it takes.

It was my pleasure recently to review and edit the tour script.  Thank you, Ryan.  🙂

 
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Posted by on August 7, 2018 in Maplecroft Bed & Breakfast

 

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Maplecroft Update: Updated Details & Code Requirements

 

Here’s an awesome article in the Fall River Herald  News with lots of new photos.

Also take note of the short video showing Manager, Ryan Woods.    Click HERE

and HERE

You won’t find short cuts on expenditures here –  but that is the way of owner Donald Woods.  He has spared no expense in his updates and maintenance  to the Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast Museum either.  And THAT prime Fall River tourist attraction has been exceptionally well managed for the past 14 years by Lee-ann Wilber.

The two Maple trees removed mentioned in the article create more enhanced spring and summer site lines for the easterly neighbors who remain vigilantly perched to criticize and spread misinformation.

Some photos have been shown before but click through them anyway.  A feast to the eyes..

 

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Lizzie Borden’s Maplecroft to Open to Public by April

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.

 

 

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