If you’re looking for fun and creepy things to do in Berkeley, than Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast Museum should be on that list. Situated on a rocky hill that slopes downward hugging the eastern shore of Mount Hope Bay, Fall River, Massachusetts, was once the crown jewel of the textile industry in the United States.
The town thrived during the 19th century, when mills sprang up. It later became the setting of one of the most gruesome, unsolved double-murder cases in American history: the Borden murders. Prior to their murders, Andrew and Abby lived in humble, Greek-Revival house on Second Street with Andrew’s daughters Emma and Lizzie and their maid.
Close by to other popular and sought after local attractions like the Dighton Rock State Park, and Freetown-Fall River State Forest, this is the original house where the 1892 brutal, double murders had taken place. The place where Andrew and Abby Borden were found on that very ghastly August 4th morning in Fall River, Massachusetts.
Today, the house is just as it was. The furnishings retain their rightful place, the décor has been painstakingly duplicated, and the original hardware and doors are still intact. Artifacts from the days when Lizbeth and her sister Emma lived in the home are displayed while memorabilia from the era line shelves and mantel tops.
Visitors transport back to where Lizbeth loved to entertain friends in her “Mansion on the hill.” Many folk would concur that this was not a site for the faint of heart on that dreadful morning. What was the motive? Was it a burglar? Could Lizzie Borden have committed these heinous acts? We may never know.
More than 120 years later, amateur sleuths, professional detectives, and paranormal investigators continue to investigate the grisly mystery, hoping to discover some overlooked clue. The Borden home, which continues to be a mainstay of many historical documentaries and paranormal reality shows, is now open to the public as an adventuress bed and breakfast and museum.