Massachusetts has many museums, and quite a few iconic inns to boot, but there are only a handful of places that give visitors the chance to experience a genuine piece of history and then rest their heads in the same place.
And of those establishments, there truly isn’t anywhere else like the Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast.
One part historical house and one part Victorian inn, the Borden B&B is located in Fall River, where more than 100 years ago, the Borden saga captivated Massachusetts and the rest of the country.
Photo: Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast via MOTT
For those unfamiliar with the tale, the story is simple enough on its face: Lizzie Borden was born to a wealthy Fall River family in 1860. Following mounting family discord, Borden’s parents were killed in their own home and Lizzie emerged as the main suspect.
The subsequent trial became one of the most publicized legal cases in the history of the country, commanding national attention and pitting a future Supreme Court Justice against a former Massachusetts Governor in the court. Eventually, Borden was acquitted, and the controversy about the ruling continues to this day.
Photo: Lizzie Borden Portrait via Facebook
Nowadays, the Borden house is a much safer place to be, although vestiges of the 19th-century spooks do remain. The house offers tours, priced at $15 for adults with discounts for seniors, students and children, seven days a week. The tours last approximately 50 minutes and are available starting at 11 a.m., with the day’s final tour commencing at 3 p.m. sharp.
Those staying at the house need not worry about booking a tour, as one comes complimentary with any overnight at the bed and breakfast. Tours for guests are also more extensive, lasting about 90 minutes, with added time for additional exploration.
When it comes to choosing a room, the Borden house provides a number of options. Sturdy souls and Borden aficionados can opt for Lizzie’s former quarters, where she returned to after her acquittal in 1893.
Photo: A bedroom at the Lizzie Borden B&B via MOTT
Beyond the Lizzie Borden room, there are several other comfy quarters that offer something special. The Andrew Borden master bedroom comes with its own bathroom and exquisitely recreated Victorian-era furniture, while The John V. Morse Room is set apart by its gorgeous Eastlake bed and dresser, two more relics from an earlier era. You can find the full list of rooms in the Borden house here.
Once you’ve taken the tour and gotten some rest, there’s plenty more to explore around Fall River, too. For more history, make a stop at the Fall River Historical Society, which also has quite the collection of Borden artifacts.
If you’d like a more scenic excursion, spend an afternoon in Fall River Heritage State Park, which offers a boardwalk, plenty of picnic space and quite the view of Battleship Cove, another one of Fall River’s top-tier historical attractions.
Photo: Battleship Cove in Fall River