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The house where Lizzie Borden’s parents were murdered is now a B&B that’s selling for $2 million

Summary List PlacementFOLLOW US: Insider is on Facebook In 1892, Lizzie Borden was arrested on suspicion of murdering her father and stepmother at their home. Andrew and Abby Borden were found "hacked to death, " according to Time. Source: Time Fall River, where the family lived, is about 52 miles south of Boston and...

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In 1892, Lizzie Borden was arrested on suspicion of murdering her father and stepmother at their home. Andrew and Abby Borden were found “hacked to death, ” according to Time.

Source: Time

Fall River, where the family lived, is about 52 miles south of Boston and near the border between Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Lizzie was initially indicted in December 1892 but cleared of the charges six months later.

Source: Time

Now, 129 years later, the home where the unsolved murders took place is getting a new owner. It went on the market in January for $2 million but is already pending sale at the time of writing.

Source: The Seyboth Team, CNN

According to local news outlet WJAR, the house was built in 1845 and purchased by Andrew in the 1870s.

Source: WJAR

For more than fifteen years, owners Donald Woods and Leeann Wilber have operated a bed-and-breakfast and museum from the home.

Source: Boston Globe

According to the listing, the pair put the home on the market because they are looking to retire. Suzanne St. John of The Seyboth Team had the listing.

Source: The Seyboth Team, CNN

A website for the bed-and-breakfast notes that “the house is just as it was” at the time the Bordens lived there.

Source: The Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast / Museum

“The furnishings retain their rightful place, the décor has been painstakingly duplicated, and the original hardware and doors are still intact,” according to the B&B’s website.

Source: The Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast / Museum

The home is spread out over three levels and occupies a little over 3,600 square feet.

Source: The Seyboth Team

Floor plans of the home shared with Insider show that it has eight bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms.

Source: The Seyboth Team

Most of the bedrooms are on the second floor and some are on the third. The master bedroom has an ensuite bathroom with a tub.

Source: The Seyboth Team

The bedrooms all have floral wallpaper, ornate dressers, and large wooden headboards. A less-conventional decor choice? Photographs of Lizzie.

Source: The Seyboth Team

The property has plenty of relics from the time the home was built, like sewing machines, lanterns, and mannequins with floor-length era-appropriate dresses.

Source: The Seyboth Team

If the second and third floors are almost exclusively devoted to living quarters, the first floor is well-equipped for entertaining.

Source: The Seyboth Team

The formal dining room, wrapped in floral wallpaper and stately red drapes, can seat at least six people.

Source: The Seyboth Team

The dining room flows into the sitting room, which has a fireplace, a stocked bookshelf, and a large black sofa.

Source: The Seyboth Team

The living room has floral wallpaper and stately drapes. It’s slightly larger than the sitting room and also has some indoor plants and a glass display case.

Source: The Seyboth Team

The kitchen, which is also located on the first floor, has an old-fashioned wood-burning stove that certainly looks like a throwback to the 1800s.

Source: The Seyboth Team

But it also has modern appliances like a coffee-maker and a dishwasher.

Source: The Seyboth Team

WJAR reports that the bed-and-breakfast, which the listing agent calls “one of the top tourist attractions in New England,” also has a separate gift shop that is included in the sale.

Source: WJAR

The new owners can keep all the furniture if they choose to. They also have the option to continue running the property as a bed-and-breakfast.

Source: WJAR

The nearby house where Lizzie lived with her sister after her acquittal is also on the market for a more modest sum of $890,000. She lived in the house, called “Maplecroft,” until she died of pneumonia in 1927.

Source: Boston Globe

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