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Swansea, Massachusetts: Lizzie Borden's Motivation House

The summer house of the Borden family may have sent Lizzie into her infamous rage in Fall River when she learned that her father had assigned it to her mother (and not Lizzie) in his will. Private property; view from the street.

1205 Gardners Neck Rd, Swansea, MA
I-195 exit 3. Drive east a half-mile on US Hwy 6 to Gardners Neck Rd and turn right. Follow a little over a mile (Watch the street signs; it can be a little confusing). The house, painted blue, will be on the right. Private property; view from the street.
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Summer house of the Bordens.

Lizzie Borden's Summer Getaway

Even an axe murderess needs a little rest and recreation. This farm house is where the Borden's went to get away from the city heat in Fall River. After the murders, Lizzie and her sister Emma continued to summer here until 1912, when they sold it. It is rumored that this is the property that Lizzie's father's assigned in his will to his wife, which precipitated the double murder.

The Luther Museum has Lizzie's summer furniture from this house, but it was not open on the Sunday we chose to visit. The museum is on Maple Street. The house is private property; please respect this.

[Bill LaCivita, 08/23/2015]

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Lizzie Borden's Summer House FurnitureLizzie Borden's Summer House Furniture, Swansea, MA - 2 mi.
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