Fall River Historical Society

The Fall River Historical Society is housed in a mansion museum constructed in 1843/1870, once a station on the Underground Railroad, featuring magnificent period interiors and the largest concentration of 19th-century polychrome stenciling in southeastern Massachusetts. Collections include: Americana; costumes and accessories; decorative arts; ephemera; Fall River textile mill history; furniture; local history; manuscripts; maritime, featuring the famous Fall River Line steamships; 19th- and 20th-century paintings, drawings, and sculpture; and photographs. The museum houses The Charlton Library of Fall River History, featuring the largest library and archival collection of material pertaining to all aspects of the history of Fall River and its multi-cultural people. The museum is noted worldwide as the central repository for materials pertaining to the infamous 1892 Borden murder case, and the life of Lizzie A. Borden. Among the artifacts on display from this collection are the only extant courtroom exhibits and physical evidence from that trial, including the alleged murder weapon. Our curators are recognized worldwide as the leading experts on Lizzie Borden and the Borden murders.