Boston, MA is one of the most beautiful cities in the United States – the only thing that beats its stunning harborside views are the cobbled streets of its colonial-era districts. As wonderful as modern-day Boston may be, however, the city and surrounding parts of the state of Massachusetts are inseparable from some of the creepiest chapters of American history. Most notably, the case of Lizzie Borden, a woman many believe murdered her own parents in the late 19th century.
If you're in search of a less traditional activity on your next trip to Boston, take a day trip to nearby Fall River, MA to see the grisly Lizzie Borden crime scene for yourself. Or, if you're feeling especially brave, spend a night inside the room where the crime itself went down.
What's the Lizzie Borden Story?
You probably know the name "Lizzie Borden," but you might not know exactly what happened. The local court was actually in the same boat – although members of the public thought it was obvious that Lizzie Borden killed her parents, the jury acquitted her of the murders without much fanfare.
Many narratives for the murders exist, but the most popular one states that after finding out her wealthy father had disinherited her, Lizzie took matters – and an ax – into her own hands, hacking her father Andrew and stepmother Abby to death, with 11 and 19 blows of the ax, respectively.
Shockingly, she vehemently denied her involvement in the murder, although she neglected to provide more than anecdotal evidence to support her claim – you might think of Lizzie Borden as a late 19th century Jodi Arias, even if Arias wasn't as lucky as Borden when it came to sentencing. In fact, Borden expressed shock and horror at "finding" the bodies in her home, although it seemed fully apparent that she bore responsibility for them being there.
How to Visit the Lizzie Borden House
The house where Lizzie Borden murdered her parents is now a museum, located at 92 Second Street in the town of Fall River, which is about an hour southwest of Boston via Massachusetts State Highway 24. Alternatively, if you haven't rented a car on your trip, you can take a Peter Pan Bus from Boston's South Station to Fall River, with a journey time of just over an hour.
Due to the Lizzie Borden House's short distance from Boston, it makes a great day trip from the sunny, delightful activities of the city center, even if you can best experience the true energy of the crime scene at night – overnight.
Spend a Night in the Lizzie Borden House
You say you don't believe in ghosts? Let's see if you change your tune after spending a night in the Lizzie Borden House, which has been converted into a bed & breakfast for the bravest Boston-area travelers.
Even if you're immune to the bumps in the night that are sure to accompany your stay at the Lizzie Borden B&B, you'll experience a paranormal sort of charm as you check in to your room, which is preserved to reflect the style of 1892, the year Lizzie Borden killed her parents. Many of Boston's best hotels wish they could embody this ambiance, albeit probably without the gruesome back story.