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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Friday, April 22, 2005

It is finally Friday and another weekend of work on the Queen looms. Some small progress was made during the week. My wife and Charlie got the corner tub installed. This means we can finish insulating that bathroom's exterior walls and start closing-in things. We have a huge stack of salvaged, three-fourths-inch-thick, lapped wallboards that we've going to use for the bathroom. We are going to take a pressure washer to it all before we get to installing it though. There is about 70 years of dust & funk on them, no need to bring that into the house if you don't have to. Once it is dry and we get going, it ought to be relatively easy work. To be honest, I'm really looking forward to it. This will be the first room in the house moving towards completion. After three years, I can't wait.


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