Lizzie Borden House

Lizzie Borden House – Bed and Breakfast & Museum

On August 4th, 1892, wealthy businessmen Andrew Borden, and his wife Abby were discovered brutally murdered. In reality, Abby was killed with nine blows of an ax and Andrew with 11. Their youngest daughter, Lizzie, stood trial for the brutal slayings and was found not guilty. The crime, however, continues to draw speculation as to Lizzie’s actual guilt or innocence, and ranks at the top of unsolved crimes: If not Lizzie, who?

“Lizzie Borden took an axe, gave her mother forty whacks, when she saw what she had done, she gave her father forty-one.”

The Borden’s Greek revival home, located in Fall River, Massachusetts, has been beautifully restored into a bed and breakfast. You can stay in Lizzie’s bedroom (in the photo), explore the house, and see if you become convinced of Lizzie’s guilt or innocence. Don’t worry, the blood is all gone!

Lizzie Borden House Bedroom
Lizzie Borden House Bedroom by jimcintosh

Special tours of the Borden house run daily, on the hour, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Prices are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, and $5 for children ages 7-12. Crime scene reenactments are scheduled on occasion, as well.

The Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast is located at 92 Second Street, Fall River, Massachusetts. (508) 675-7333. Fall River is approximately 25 minutes from Providence (Rhode Island) and about one hour from Boston.

The Lizzie Home is a Greek Revival House that has been a city landmark since the infamous ax murders of Andrew and his second wife Abby Borden on August 4, 1892.

Erected in 1845 the home was originally a two-family and was later made into a single-family by Andrew J. Borden.

Andrew J. Borden bought the house at 92 Second Street to be close to his bank and various downtown businesses. The Bed & Breakfast is named after Andrew J. Borden’s youngest daughter, Lizzie. Although she was tried and acquitted of the crimes she was ostracized by the community of Fall River.

Lizzie Borden House
Lizzie Borden House Entrance by jimcintosh

Since the murders on August 4, 1892, the house has been a private residence. Now for the first time, the public is allowed not only to view the murder scene but is given an opportunity to spend a night (if you dare) in the actual house where the murders took place.

We offer two two-bedroom suites, Lizzie & Emma’s Bedrooms, and Abby & Andrew’s Bedrooms (this suite has a private bath); the John Morse Guest Room, Bridget’s Attic Room, and two additional spacious attic bedrooms (the Jennings & Knowlton Rooms), each of which offer a double bed in a room with Victorian appointments.

Lizzie Borden House living room by jimcintosh

Guests are treated to a breakfast similar to the one the Bordens ate on the morning of the murders, which includes bananas, johnnycakes, sugar cookies, and coffee in addition to a delicious meal of breakfast staples.

The interior and exterior of the home have been restored to its original Victorian splendor, with careful attention to making it as close to the Borden home of August 1892 as possible.

The owners of the home invite all to view their collection of both Fall River and Borden memorabilia at 92 Second Street.

Located just fifty miles south of Boston, minutes from Providence or Newport, R.I., and the gateway to Cape Cod, this landmark home is accessible from all major highways.

Tour Schedule

  • Tours Daily 11 a.m. till 3 p.m. on the hour
  • The last Tour begins promptly at 3:00 p.m.
  • Tour prices are $10.00 for adults, $8.00 for Senior Citizens,
    and $5.00 for children ages 7 to 12. Children under 6 are admitted free.
  • Photos are allowed in the house.
  • Closed major holidays.

Special arrangements can be made for group tours of 10 or more people by contacting the inn at
1-508-675-7333 or via e-mail

FAQs about Lizzie Border House

What happened at the Borden House?

On August 4, 1892, Andrew and Abby Borden were brutally murdered in their home located at 92 Second St. in Fall River, Massachusetts. Both victims had been bludgeoned to death with a hatchet or axe. This resulted in one of the most notorious criminal cases in American history and the famous trial of their daughter, Lizzie Borden.

Lizzie Borden House, Fall River, Massachusetts
Lizzie Borden House, Fall River, Massachusetts by Kenneth C. Zirkel

What is the story behind the Lizzie Borden House?

The Lizzie Borden House, located at 92 Second Street in Fall River, Massachusetts, was the site of an infamous double murder that occurred on August 4, 1892. The bodies of Andrew and Abby Borden were discovered in their home, as both victims had been bludgeoned to death with a hatchet or axe. Though still unsolved, this criminal case sparked intense speculation and intense public interest.

Does the Borden family still exist?

Yes, the Borden family still exists today. Several generations after the infamous murders have come and gone, many members of the family are still living throughout the United States.

Who inherited the Borden fortune?

Lizzie’s half-brother John Vinnicum Morse inherited the majority of the estate, though some relatives did receive smaller portions.

Was the Borden murders ever solved?

No, the murders were never officially solved due to lack of evidence. Lizzie Borden was arrested for the crimes but acquitted and remains the prime suspect to this day.

Is the Borden murders a true story?

Yes, the events surrounding the deaths of Andrew and Abby Borden are a true story. Though remaining unsolved over 125 years later, the murders spurred intense public speculation and remain a major part of American history.

Who committed the Borden murders?

Though speculation and theories abound, no one has yet been officially charged for committing the infamous double homicides of Andrew and Abby Borden. Lizzie Borden was arrested and tried for the murders but was found innocent by a jury, and many people believe that she remains the most likely perpetrator to this day.

Who else could have killed the Bordens?

Various other theories have surfaced regarding who else may have killed Andrew and Abby Borden. These include a robber searching for money, a maidservant with a vendetta against them, and even a mysterious man Mrs. Borden admitted into her home before her death.

Who currently owns the Lizzie Borden House?

The Lizzie Borden House is now owned by a private company known as the “Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast Museum” which offers tours of the house and recreations of the historic crime scene.

Did the Borden sisters have kids?

No, neither Lizzie nor her older sister Emma had any children.

Who besides the victims were in the Borden house at the time of the murders?

At the time of the murders, four people were present in the house. Besides Andrew and Abby, they included Bridget Sullivan (the maidservant) and Lizzie’s friend Alice Russell.

What evidence was found in the Borden murders?

Much physical evidence related to the murders including blood spatters on walls and furniture, carpet stains linked to Abby’s body, and numerous hatchet marks on doors and windowsills were found at the crime scene. However, none of this evidence was sufficient to definitively tie anyone to the crime officially.

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