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, May 31, 2005

We had a nice, long Memorial Day weekend, but we didn't work on the Queen. One of my wife's cousins got married so we spent most of the weekend on the road. On the up side, we did get to see some lovely Victorian and Plantation homes in Lake Providence, Louisiana.

There is some exciting news to note. First, a friend of a friend contacted my mother-in-law. Through this long line folks, we've received word that one of the grandchildren of Van Boswell, the builder of the Queen, is looking for us. She has photos and other information about the house if we are interested. To say that we are interested is an understatement. I believe she lives in Fayetteville, Arkansas. We are going to try to contact her this week. Wish us luck.

The other bit of news is that I finally got my Quartz Space heater off of eBay. I'm going to start working on our UV paint stripper this week.


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