Viva Fall River

Still ‘authentic’: Lizzie Borden house renovations preserve history behind infamous unsolved murders

Apr 7, 2023 | Attractions, Visit

Tour guide Ryk McIntyre held a replica hatchet in the front room where the funeral services were held for the Borden parents during a tour of the Lizzie Borden House. RARARA

By Ashley Soebroto Globe Correspondent,Updated March 30, 2023, 5:36 a.m.

FALL RIVER — At 230 Second St., a green clapboard house sits eerily quiet. An American flag pokes out of the doorway, flapping in the wind, as shrubbery lies beside the steps leading up to the house.

The home blends in with the rest of the houses in Fall River — if it weren’t for the signs indicating it was the location of an infamous 1892 unsolved double murder and a hotspot for paranormal activity.

The Victorian-era home where Lizzie Borden was accused — and acquitted — of murdering her father and stepmother has undergone numerous renovations to preserve its dark history since Lance Zaal, CEO and founder of US Ghost Adventures, took ownership of the house in May 2021. Coming up on two years of ownership, the company gave the Globe a tour of the upgrades, expected to wrap up later this year.

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