The Lizzie Borden room is $225 +tx for two people. The room can also be combined with the Emma Borden room as a suite for up to four people for $425 and all overnight stays include a evening tour of the house and full breakfast. And yes, you can rent the entire house for $1500 and bring up to 20 people!
On August 4, 1892, Andrew and Abby Borden , a respected merchant and his second wife were murdered in their home in Fall River, Massachusetts with an axe. While Andrew’s daughter, Lizzie , was tried and acquitted of the gruesome murders in one of the most famous trials of the era, the case remains unsolved to this day.
“ Lizzie Borden took an ax ,” the ditty goes, “and gave her mother 40 whacks. And when she saw what she had done, she gave her father 41.” In fact, Lizzie’s stepmother was struck perhaps 20 times , while her father was struck just ten times .
The Borden home, which continues to be a mainstay of historical documentaries and paranormal reality shows, is open to the public as a bed and breakfast and museum. Daily tours are given of the house and a gift shop is on site.
The home in Fall River where Lizzie Borden lived for many years is still up for sale. Built in 1889, the Queen Anne Victorian at 306 French St. is located about a mile north of the house where Borden’s father and stepmother were famously killed in August 1892.
With her sister Emma 15 miles away on vacation, Lizzie and Bridget Sullivan were the only ones left at home with Abby after Andrew left on his morning business rounds. Lizzie was arrested on August 11, one week after the murders. The judge sent Lizzie to the county jail.
“With the despised Andrew and Abby out of the way, Lizzie and Emma stood to inherit an estate which, adjusted for inflation, was worth around seven million dollars,” Eddy writes. Money and independence in one fell stroke, or actually about 30 strokes in total, as the coroner found.
Emma Lenora Borden , born March 1, 1851 was older sister to Lizzie Borden . Unlike Lizzie, Emma knew her mother. The gender may have been a disappointment to 38 year old Andrew, but surely Sarah and Emma were thrilled and delighted with baby Lizzie Andrew.
June 1, 1927
66 years (1860–1927)
Lizzie died in June 1927, at age 66. Emma died a little more than a week later. Today, the Borden family home on Second Street is a popular bed and breakfast, where those brave enough can spend the night at the scene of the one most famous — and officially unsolved — murders in American history.
Children who learn the chant may believe that it took 40 blows to kill Abby Borden , and another 41 to kill Andrew. Well, that’s not quite true. The coroner did confirm that Abby was killed first, but by 19 blows—not the 40 popularized in the rhyme.