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, July 05, 2005

Hats Off to the Lone Star State

More than a few people are upset with the Supreme Court's ruling on eminent domain (Kelo v. New London). U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) has filed "aggressive property rights protection legislation" in response to the Court's ruling. Similar bills (H.R. 3083 and H.R. 3087) have also been filed by U.S Representative Gingrey (R-Georgia) and U.S. Representative Rehberg (R-Montana).

I encourage all of you to write your U.S. Representatives and U.S. Senators requesting that they support this or similar legislation. Your historic home's future may depend on it.

You might write your state representatives as well. I know that state representatives in Texas and Oklahoma are proposing amendments to their state constitutions to restrict the use of eminent domain too.

If you are interested in more news on this, check out this blog: Eminent Domain Watch (I've added this link to the sidebar).


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