The Devil Queen

How my wife and I sold our souls to the Queen Anne Victorian we tried to save.

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Location: Crow Mountain, Arkansas, United States

Synopsis: This is a cautionary tale. A seriously disturbed couple find the charming, old ruin of a Queen Anne Victorian in Russellville, Arkansas, and buy it for $1.00. They tore the roof off, cut it in half, and had it moved to some land they owned sixteen miles away because they didn't know any better. Since then, they have hired and fired contractors, had all of their tools stolen, re-wired, re-plumbed, insulated, and essentially rebuilt the entire house. Their only problem is that after four years it still isn't finished. Now they are tired, broke, and wonder what in the hell it is they've done to themselves. And, it's haunted.
(Last updated on April 3, 2008)

Press: Russellville Courier Article - December 2003, HGTV website article, AP story - October 2006, and Victorian Homes Magazine - February 2008 (link coming soon).
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Monday, April 25, 2005

A brutal weekend at the Queen. Forked over $300 to Lowe's for screws, light fixtures, and what not. Laid the plywood underlayment for the tile shower and worked on enlarging the hall bathroom's dwarf-door into something tall and stately. I'm within spitting distance of getting it done now.

I'm not naturally athletic (quite the opposite), but spending a weekend doing manual labor didn't use to bother me. When I tell people about the Queen they are always telling me how good it is that I'm doing this while I'm young. The last time someone told me this I said, "I guess so, but I don't think that I will be once its through with me." Now, the morning after my knees are killing me. God help me if live long enough to be old.


Blogger S. said...

Working on a house, particularly a house like this, is one of the most difficult things to do. Houses break up marrages and deflate your ego. It's war and both your body and mind are bound to feel it.

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