Re: [40Whacks] INTRO....
- In a message dated 6/8/00 3:39:09 AM Eastern Daylight Time,
<< I would really be interested in hearing from those of you who have been in
the house and your feelings on it, as well as All comments andinfo,i'm very
interested in all. >>
I went to the house last fall -- actually it was my Pilgramage to Fall River.
I went by myself since no friend (humph on them!) would go with me so I went
by myself for my birthday present. I don't know if you can access the
archives, but I did report my minute by minute goings on back in October 1999.
I remember the feeling I had standing at the front door waiting for them to
open it... I had bought my ticket and then waiting around a bit and finally
the woman said that she would meet us by the front door and we were standing
there... and I couldn't believe I would actually see the place I'd read about
My reaction was how small the house was... I think I had thought of it as a
"big old house" when it's tiny (even from my New York City perspective). I
wished the house were presented more historically accurate in terms of
decorations and furnishings.
The other thing that struck me about the whole weekend in Fall River was the
huge difference -- even today -- between where Lizzie's house is and "The
Hill"... I saw Maplecroft, but wasn't able to go in because it was closed for
the season -- I guess it's only open for the summer. The other thing that was
freaky was going to the cemetery -- that made these characters real people
and not just characters in a book.
Oh, and of course seeing the artifacts in the Historical Society was
Pat in NY too.
- A P.S. to what I wrote about the house... my other complaint at the time was
the dopey patter of the young woman who was a tour guide -- typical
touristy-bad joke stuff... lots of allusions to OJ... the talk was very
focused on Lizzie's guilt.
This young woman was actually very knowledgeable and was most interesting
when she was talking as herself. The tour concludes in the kitchen when you
stand around and ask questions. I forgot how it came out, but I questioned
something she had said and she said that she didn't really believe it but
that her bosses "make her" say the same words on the tour.
Despite this, it really was a thrilling experience -- if anyone reading this
has not been, it's well worth the trip... I flew into Providence, Rhode
Island and drove about 30 minutes to Fall River ... Boston is nearby... so
there's loads to do in the area.
- Hi Jackie,
Welcome. I have to say that I really enjoyed your enthusiasm about your LB
house tour. I have already spoken about my visit, but just a few words in
case someone else new hasn't gone into the past achives. I live it
Massachusetts so my sacrifice for traveling was small.....however, my
husband's sacrifice was great since we went for our wedding anniversary. So
he was convinced that he had married a loon, but I was thrilled.
We booked Abby and Andrew's room because that had a private bathroom which
made me feel more comfortable. However, when push came to shove, we ended up
sleeping in the small dressing room off of that room which has a bed also
because I felt really spooked. Silly, huh?
Any my first impression of the house was one of familiarity. I guess I had
read and knew so much about the case that when I walked into the house, it
felt like I had been there before. My reaction to the size of the house was
the same as yours....I couldn't believe how small it was.
When I woke up the next morning, the sun was streaming in the window, the
birds were chirping, and it felt positively charming and cozy. The people
that were there at the same time that I was were very quiet and distant which
I found disappointing, and I thought maybe we're ALL weird being here in the
I would give ANYTHING to read old issue of the LB quarterly since I just got
my first copy with the last issue. I don't know how to go about getting my
hands on them.