The Maplecroft name of the estate alone puts goose bumps on the skin of the neighbors that live around the home where accused axe-murderer Lizzie Borden, the O.J. Simpson of the 19th century, spent her final days. Many were the day that Lizzie would be outside of her residence chopping wood furiously on the front lawn while she glared menacingly at her neighbors. Lizzy bought this home after she was acquitted a year after her parent’s brutal murder and lived there until the day she died. It was thought that she was having an affair with the maid Bridget Sullivan and was caught by her parents which led to the horrific chopping. Since Lizzie died in 1927 (with her funeral being held at Maplecroft) the house has been through multiple owners over the years finally ending up in the hands of Robert Dube.
Dube has tried multiple times to sell the estate and he’s finally chopped his asking price from $725,000 down to $650,000. Though he also tried to get zoning approval for first subdividing the lot to build another home and later to turn the carriage house into a residence, he was turned down by the board and the property has remained configured exactly as it was when Lizzy lived there.