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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Sunday, May 15, 2005

Weekend Update

We got a lot done this weekend.

We finished laying all of the wood flooring in the pantry/laundry addition of the house. Even in the rough shape it is in, it looks great. Our next flooring project is the master bathroom. As an experiment, we brought Charlie's planer up to the Queen and ran all of the floor boards for the master bathroom through it. They look fabulous. All of the dirt, gouges, stains, and old finish came off revealing lots of golden-yellow pine. We cut all the boards to length, so all we have to do now is lay them. With the exception of working around a plumbing rough-in, it should be a fairly easy job. Since we've planed all of the wood, we should be able to skip sanding it before we refinish it.

While my wife, Charlie, and I were working on the floors, Jack was helping us with our electrical system. He has finish running all the electrical wiring through the house from the breaker box. Now he has to start attaching everything to switches, outlets, et cetera. He also buried the last ten feet of power line to where our permanent meter box will go (see 300 Freaking Pounds of Rock, below).

As a bonus, we also found our digital camera. We should have more photos posted soon.


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