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, June 05, 2005

Driving in Circles

We spent a lot of time working on the Queen this weekend without really working on her.

Saturday I spent two hours up at the Queen pulling nails out of the salvaged wallboards we are using to finish out the pantry and laundry room. Then we drove down to a salvage yard in Mena. That pretty much took care of the rest of the day. From Atkins it is five hours round trip, and we spent and hour and a half there. I think that we made it home by about 8 PM.

We sold/traded a fireplace mantel, a cast iron kitchen sink, and some other items for cash and an antique 1893 door-ringer for the Queen's front door. It needs some work, but it is working condition. We need to strip the paint off the solid brass bell (why would anyone PAINT solid brass!?) and tinker with the turn-key and it'll be as good as new. I wouldn't say that the ringer is a direly needed home component, but it is a lot nicer looking than the hole in the middle of the front door. The Queen's original ringer was either removed or stolen a some point.

We were supposed to meet a contractor up a the Queen Saturday morning but he was a no-show. My wife called him up and he is supposed to meet her up there again Monday. To be honest, I'll be surprised if he shows. My wife and I are beginning to grapple with the idea that we'll be doing all the siding ourselves.

Sunday we got a late start. We intended to actually work on the house, but instead we hauled building materials up to the Queen, met a contractor, and spent a lot of time at Lowe's (electrical conduit, paint, insulation, parts for the UV paint stripper, and what not).

Steve, the contractor we spoke with, brought his wife with him. She paid us one of the greatest compliments that we've received so far. She thought that the house was on its original sight; she couldn't tell that it had been moved. When we told her, she was shocked. It was nice to know that we must have done a few things right. Steve is semi-retired due to a medical condition, but he is going to do some interior remodeling in the kitchen for us. Once he is done with it, our kitchen will be ready for new floors and a paint job.

We have photos from all our running around. I'll be posting those later.

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