Lizzie Borden at Fall City, MA and Newport, RI Bellevue Road Mansions

7/14/14 Monday in Rochester, MA (Gateway To Cape Cod-TT/OW)

Despite the predictions for thunderstorms, we took off for Fall City, MA, to see where Lizzie Borden lived. Photos of the house now and then. Note the building behind her house. It was a barn (where she said she went when her father was killed) and is now the Museum and Gift shop, where you can buy your tour tickets ($12.50/senior). The home is now an active Bed and Breakfast ($250/night or more depending on the room). Guests are asked to leave the premises from 10:30 am to 4 pm, so they can give the tours of that same house from 11 am to 3 pm. They let you take all the photos you want (no video) and even sit on the furniture!!!

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The old photos and this T shirt were in the gift shop, as well as a scrapbook of the Borden family and the story of the murder. Relics were in the house.

The living room/parlor. The framed picture is a hair mourning construction (made of hair). None of the furniture is original but did come from antique stores, painstakingly chosen to fit what the black and white photos showed for the trial. The original furniture was stored for so long that it was neglected and flooded.

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The dining room where they had breakfast that morning that included 3 day old, never refrigerated, mutton stew. Due to their father’s frugality (even though he was wealthy by about 12 million dollars, in today’s dollars), he wouldn’t throw the old food away. Lizzie didn’t have breakfast that morning. She said she was ironing (see the board on the table) during the time her stepmother was killed in the room above the next room to the front of the house.

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Here is the parlor where her father was killed. I didn’t think to include the sofa he died on… but there is a photo of his body on that sofa in the right of this photo.

Borden 9As you climb up these stairs to the second floor you can see under the bed to the other side where Mrs. Borden lay dead. Our tour guide invited a young girl to pretend she was Mrs. Borden there so we could see her. There is a photo of the dead Mrs. Borden to the left of the bed. Didn’t think to get photos of these either. I was trying to let another lady get her photos, so I’d hurry with one and move on.

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This first room is the larger of the 2 girls’ bedrooms. First it was Emily’s (the older sister) until Lizzie came home from spending her natural mother’s inheritance in Europe. Then Lizzie asked for the room because it had space for her souvenirs.

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Another set of stairs to the maid’s room on the third floor. They would close the door to this floor in the winter so the heat wouldn’t escape to there and leave it open in the summer so the heat would escape to there.

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Lizzie’s parents. Notice the hatchets and axes in the families’ coats of arms. Lizzie returned to this house for a little while after her acquittal, then moved to one on Front Street because that’s where the rich people lived. She stayed there until her death as age 66. This photo is of her near that time. She loved Boxers.

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Very humid and hot but still no downpours so we went a half mile to the Fall River Heritage State Park, where we had our picnic lunch by the breezy water and saw the Battle Cove Battleships.

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Then on to Newport, Rhode Island

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This town was built with wealth. A couple we met at Mike’s Clam Shack in Wells,ME told us to be sure to see the mansions on Bellevue Ave. in this town, so we came. They are gorgeous BUT we thought there was no free parking based on what they said at the Visitor Center (½ hour is free outside at the Visitor Center), so we drove on and all my photos are of great hedges and fences. You can drive up to many of them and pay for a tour, but we’ve seen old beautiful mansions and it’s usually expensive and they won’t let you take pictures. We’d get a peak at an entry way, but that was too fast for me to capture. You’ll just have to come see for yourselves! Later we saw that a nearby parallel street (Spring) does have free parking.

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Then Bellevue continued on to Scenic Ocean Drive:

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Next we stopped at Fort Adams for the Bay Walk. I couldn’t believe I saw an egret in Rhode Island! It certainly was hot and humid enough. John spotted the bugs. Boy, were they having a good time.

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This was a wonderful 2 mile walk. Enough for us, though. Time to head home.

With all that excitement, we enjoyed a very quiet night. Still no big rain. Supposed to come by midnight tonight.

About Patricia Elser

I've always loved the loose, flowing, transparent look of watercolors, of Chinese paintings and their calligraphy, but alas, no watercolor classes were available when I was in school, so that interest remained buried until my children were grown. Even then, I was afraid that I couldn't really paint, so upon my sister's advice, I actually started to take classes. I signed up for every class available, determined to learn no matter how afraid I was. I came upon a teacher, Stan Miller, who inspired me, who opened the door to success in watercolor. I love to look at beautiful images. I want to capture them forever. All my life, photography was how I gathered images of the beauty I saw. Thanks to all that photography, I enjoy composing pictures, especially up close. Watercolors allow me to add more of me in their translation of that beauty. My paintings reflect my love for music and dance, with their rhythm and flow. I am fascinated by the play of light, so it appears in my pictures as drama for they are filled with darks and lights. Maybe it's the challenge, maybe it's the beauty, but now, when a work comes together, it fills my soul.
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