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 19, 2005

A Primed Kitchen

The kitchen is dragging on but showing signs of life. I've included a before photo as a point of comparison.


Anonymous Carol said...

What did you do with the old cabinets?

6:50 AM  
Blogger John said...

They were built-in (1960's or 1970's?), and some were beyond salvaging once we got them out. Whoever built it was fond of nails. Most of the bottom cabinets didn't survive. We saved most(?) of the top cabinets. My wife wants to give them a face lift and use them in the laundry area.

8:42 AM  
Blogger Jocelyn said...

Is that lathe or beadboard? It looks different than what was under our walls...

11:33 AM  
Blogger John said...

It's three-quarter-inch-thick, tongue-and-groove, beadboard. They used the same stuff for the ceilings and most of the walls through the house. It was originally used for the original porches too. Unfortunately to old porches were too rotten to save.

12:31 PM  

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