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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Thursday, June 02, 2005

Night of Ill Omen

We had some bad news tonight.

Saturday we had Tony Anderson up to look at the Queen. As our last contractor has gone AWOL, we need another quote for the siding and other exterior work. As of today, we still hadn't heard from him, so my wife gave him a call.

In short, he said that if the stars were right he might work on our house. There were a lot of "ifs" and none of them were encouraging. We are thinking that we might be on our own for this one, and it scares the hell out of us. If some of the best local contractors won't take the job because they think it is too unpleasant and difficult, what hope does it leave an amateur?


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