W&W’s Writer

August 4, 2005 on Second Street

Warps and Wefts has been around for a few years without any mention of who writes this stuff!  Begun as an online web site for a conference in 2007, I never thought I’d still be around.  My thanks to all those who stick with Warps and Wefts, the readers and those who leave comments.  As 2011 comes to a close, Lizzie Borden is hotter than ever and shows no sign of stopping anytime soon.  It is my great pleasure to continue with the pleasant task of keeping readers informed, rooting out new information, and going on sleuthing adventures with the Second St. Irregulars (Muttoneaters).  Knowledge unshared is knowledge wasted- and it is so much fun when friends are along for the ride.

“Muttoneaters” at the New Bedford Courthouse

It has been a wonderful experience sharing a passion with like-minded people since 1991 when I first got bitten by the Lizzie Borden bug.  Before the house on Second Street was opened to the public, we all had to gather in each other’s homes to discuss the case- no internet, no cell phones,- just pen and paper and good old land lines.  From these early days, the Second Street Irregulars was born, although lately we seem to go by Muttoneaters! Many of these intrepid souls trod the boards at #92 every August 4th as The Pear Essential Players and the cast has swelled to 18 players.  Now I am too old and portly to pull Lizzie off, I plan to enjoy portraying Abby Borden in historic re-enactments for a few more years- at least until 65!

The Pear Essential Players at Maplecroft 2009

Abby & Uncle John Morse at the Fall River Public Library

In the years I have been ‘a-Lizzie-ing, I have met so many captivating personalities and made life-long friends.  I have loved working at the Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast Museum for the past 13 years, and hope to be around for awhile longer as night time innkeeper on Friday nights. Victorian crime is my passion, and of all cases, the Borden case has all the elements which intrigue me most.  Whether planning the next Muttoneaters’ gathering, writing a new script for August 4th, or wading through Oak Grove Cemetery in the snow- life with Lizzie has never been dull.  And now with the publication of Parallel Lives, new and exciting things about Lizzie and Fall River are revealed like jewels in a treasure chest.  Stay tuned- the best is yet to come.

Shelley Dziedzic with Colleen Johnson for

Warps & Wefts, November 2011

6 thoughts on “W&W’s Writer”

  1. I have two questions: The FIRST. Who owned “Maplecroft” before Lizzie Borden bought it? I have two leads. One suggests it was ‘… the Dolan’s house…’. The other refers to it as being owned by ‘… Hiram Harrington’. And, the SECOND. What is the address of Maplecroft? I believe in Lizzie’s day it was 7 French Street, and today it is 306 French Street? Is this correct?

    • Maplecroft was owned by Charles Allen before Lizzie and Emma bought it. Yes, 7 French Street was the address, today 306.

      • James Baaden said:

        I saw a scanned newspaper article from 1893 (on another site) which implied that someone called Alfred Butterworth had owned the French Street house, and the Borden sisters bought it from his estate that year. Also, it seemed to suggest that Butterworth had killed himself in the house in 1892, causing a sensation in Fall River almost as great as that created by the Borden murders. Is this information wrong? Who was Charles Allen?

        • The Butterworth house was one of several considered for purchase by the Borden sisters before they settled on Maplecroft which was owned by Charles Allen. Mr. Butterworth did kill himself in his own house, not in Maplecroft.

  2. I’ve just nominated “Lizzie Borden: Warps and Wefts” for the “One Lovely Blog” award: http://bettysbrownies.wordpress.com/2012/09/22/brain-bits-on-a-september-saturday/

  3. My short story, “Miss Lizzie’s Tea Party,” has been published in the February issue of Underneath the Juniper Tree, http://www.underneaththejunipertree.com

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