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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Tuesday, April 19, 2005

We've made some incremental progress over the last few days. In spite of having the wrong drain kit for the hot-tub/bathtub and a bout of some stomach virus working its way through my family, you can tell that things are getting done.

Our newest contractor, the flying one, made an appearance late last week and has begun working on our siding and exterior trim. I pressure washed out the hall bathroom and installed (most) of the last double hung windows. We also worked on some plumbing, vent pipes, traps, and rough-ins.

The hot-tub/bath would be installed except the folks at Lowe's in Russellville sold us the wrong drain kit. It wouldn't have been too annoying except that we asked them over and over if we had the right parts. "Sure, that is the right one," was what they told us. On the up side, we needed more insulation anyhow, so returning it wasn't an entirely wasted trip.


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