Along with the house, the potential owners will also get the business, intellectual property, and merchandise sales in their own name.
Fall River's most infamous home where Lizzie Borden allegedly hacked her father and stepmother to death with an ax is officially on the market. An online listing for the three-story split wood house, which also operates as a museum and a popular B&B, quotes the asking price at $2 million, reports Boston Globe. "This is an unbelievable opportunity to own and operate one of New England’s top tourist attractions," the listing claims. "Picture yourself serving fun hatchet cookies, tiny johnnycakes, and a scrumptious breakfast to overnight guests who have just enjoyed an experience of a lifetime!"
The house where Lizzie Borden's family was murdered, which is now a popular bed and breakfast, is officially for sale. For $2 million you could own a macabre museum in Fall River: https://t.co/9IqczP5JEF— Steve Annear (@steveannear) January 11, 2021
As per Suzanne St. John, of the Seyboth Team at Century 21 (the listing agent for the property) the present owners of the property are washing their hands off the bed and breakfast after more than 15 years. Speaking to the outlet, St. John noted that the sale is a great opportunity for prospective buyers as they will also get to own the business, intellectual property, and the merchandise sold there. The agent, who also doubles as a part-time tour guide at the home, added: "We are hoping that someone will come in and buy it and keep it as a bed and breakfast and for tours. It’s one of the most visited tourist attractions in New England. It’s well known all over the world, and on a normal year you have people that come in from all over."
Uh, overpriced by $1 million. They also own Maplecroft, Lizzie's house after her acquittal. They want $900,000 for that property.— drstef (@drstef) January 11, 2021
A day before the official announcement was made, St. John took it upon herself to tease the sale of the ill-famed property on her Facebook with her agency, Century 21's sign in front, and a photoshopped picture of Borden on the front window. "‘Axe’ me what’s coming on the market?" she captioned the picture to garner interest from horror lovers. For the uninitiated, here's a brief history surrounding the house. On August 4, 1892, the mutilated bodies of Andrew Borden and his wife, Abby, were found at the Second Street home and Borden was soon charged for the murders for which she stood trial. Local newspapers were rife with the coverage of one of the most gruesome murders the state, and the country had ever seen. However, Borden was soon acquitted and that was that for the murder case.
Upon her release, Borden purchased a home on French Street and lived with her sister, Emma, until her death in 1927. As per reports, this seven-bedroom property, dubbed "Maplecroft" was put up on sale in 2020 but hasn't found any potential suitors at the moment. St. John adds that there is a bonanza waiting for buyers as they have the option to own both the houses where Borden lived over the course of her life. For those worried about the change in the layout of the houses, the bed and breakfast's official website points out that the property has remained much the same for more than 120 years.
"Today, the house is just as it was. The furnishings retain their rightful place, the décor has been painstakingly duplicated, and the original hardware and doors are still intact,” the 'About Us' section reads. "Artifacts from the murder case are displayed while memorabilia from the era line shelves and mantel tops." Meanwhile, according to WBSM, the Maplecroft residence could be available for purchase at a price of $890,000. Highlights of the place include ornate 19th-century decor, nearly 4,000 sq. footage area of living space, seven bedrooms, six functional and beautiful fireplaces. One can also take a virtual 3-D tour of the house on the listings page to get a better sense of what they are dealing with.