The Lizzie Borden House as a building is handsome and appealing on the outside, but because the immediate area is largely commercial and the modest grounds of the house are entirely paved for parking, it's a challenge to imagine what it might have been like in the late 19th century when the notorious murders took place. Inside is a different story. Although no original furnishings remain, the structure, odd floorplan, and the character of the place have been well preserved. That, coupled with a generous display of artifacts, explicit crime scene photos, and a lot of truly fascinating stories about the people and events at the time, contribute to a surprisingly interesting and mildly creepy experience.
That said, the most bothersome element of the tour was the unprofessional tour guide. She knew her stuff (maybe too well, as she repeated several memorized paragraphs verbatim) but also made certain to tell us her own opinion of what probably happened, or whether she believed a certain alibi or not, as if her point of view was the most important thing we needed to hear. She was also dressed like she had been working in a garage and nursed a bottle of root beer through the whole tour. She wasn't unbearable, but she was an annoying distraction.
For $15 the hour tour is overpriced, though a better tour guide could easily enhance the value. Behind the house is a gift shop where you also purchase tickets. There is also an alternative paranormal tour, but I expect the regular tour is probably sufficient for most. And since this is also a bed and breakfast, you can actually sleep under a gruesome crime scene photo that was taken in the very same room.
Bottom line: This is interesting and probably worthwhile for the curious, but only if you are in or passing through the area. Don't make a special trip just for this. People who appreciate or are serious about historical or cultural events could be turned off by the amateurish and unprofessional presentation.
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