Lizzie Borden House Turned B&B (Where Gruesome Murders Took Place) Sells to Ghost Tour Company
"We look forward to adding the Lizzie Borden house to our growing portfolio of haunted experiences," Lance Zaal, founder of U.S. Ghost Adventures, said in a press release
The home where the infamous, unsolved Lizzie Borden murders took place almost 130 years ago has found a new owner.
The home — located at 230 2nd St. in Fall River, Massachusetts — was the site of the double axe murders of Lizzie and her older sister Emma's father Andrew Borden and his wife Abby, the girls' stepmother. (Lizzie was famously accused of the murders, before being acquitted the following June.)
The house was later turned into a bed & breakfast/museum, a popular history-buff landmark where guests can stay in one of four rooms or two suites named for different family members and notable townspeople — including the John V. Morse Room, where Abby Borden was found murdered on Aug. 4, 1892.
In January, PEOPLE reported that the property had been put on the market for $2 million. Now, PEOPLE can confirm that it has been acquired by U.S. Ghost Adventures, a company that hosts more than 30 ghost tour experiences across the United States. The company is currently under contract to buy the property, and has been approved for all the licenses necessary to run both the museum and bed & breakfast aspects.
"We look forward to adding the Lizzie Borden house to our growing portfolio of haunted experiences and working with the staff to create new opportunities for guests," Lance Zaal, who founded the company in 2018, said in a press release. "We have exciting plans for the house that we'll announce in April. A healthy transition for the staff and preserving the historical site are our top priorities."
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The original listing for the eight-bedroom home calls the B&B, which currently offers day and night tours, "an [unbelievable] opportunity to own and operate one of New England's top tourist attractions."
"This is a turnkey operation, running lucrative day tours and evening events, and as a popular bed and breakfast destination. Picture yourself serving fun hatchet cookies, tiny johnnycakes and a scrumptious breakfast to overnight guests who have just enjoyed an experience of a lifetime!" the listing continued.
It went on to reveal that the B&B's current owners are looking to retire, and that the "sale includes business, trademarks, intellectual rights and property."
CNN affiliate WJAR reports that Andrew Borden purchased the home, which was built in 1845, in the early 1870s.
Maplecroft, a nearby property which also has ties to Lizzie, went up for sale for $890,000 in July 2020 and is still on the market, according to property records.
Lizzie lived in the home with her sister Emma from 1893 to 1927, after purchasing the house following her acquittal for the murders. Maplecroft, a name reportedly bestowed on the property (built circa 1887) by Lizzie herself, features four bedrooms on its second floor and three on its third, plus an enclosed porch, another exterior porch facing the backyard and a two-car garage.
Lizzie died of pneumonia at age 66 in 1927, and is buried at Oak Grove Cemetery alongside Emma, who died of chronic nephritis just nine days after Lizzie.