The site of one of the most famous unsolved mysteries in America is for sale for $2 million.
The Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast/Museum in Fall River hit the market Monday. Lizzie Borden was accused in the 1892 double ax murders of her father, Andrew Borden, and stepmother, Abby, at the three-story clapboard house. Lizzie Borden was charged but acquitted of the murders.
“The Borden case is viewed as one of the most famous unsolved mysteries of all time, and has inspired countless articles and books, plays, movies, and even a television series,” according to the Fall River Historical Society website.
“This is an unbelievable opportunity to own and operate one of New England’s top tourist attractions,” the listing reads.
“Their heads smashed with a hatchet,” read a Boston Globe headline a day after the murders. “No clue as yet to this most atrocious and brutal crime.”
The museum’s owner is retiring, the Globe reported, and the “turnkey operation” means the new owner can run “lucrative” day tours and evening events, as well as the popular bed and breakfast, according to the listing.
Inside the house, visitors are transported to 1892, according to the attraction’s website: “The furnishings retain their rightful place, the décor has been painstakingly duplicated, and the original hardware and doors are still intact. Artifacts from the murder case are displayed while memorabilia from the era line shelves and mantel tops. A visitor is literally transported back to that morning when a perfect storm of events culminated in a double murder.”
“Picture yourself serving fun hatchet cookies, tiny Johnny cakes, and a scrumptious breakfast to overnight guests who have just enjoyed an experience of a lifetime!” the listing reads.
The sale includes the property, business, trademarks, and intellectual rights, according to the listing, and can also be purchased along with “Maplecroft,” the Victorian mansion that was Borden’s home after she was acquitted until her death in 1927.
Take an online tour of the bed and breakfast/museum.
Suzanne St. John of the Seyboth Team at Century 21 in Seekonk has the listing.