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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Monday, July 04, 2005

Slow Burn

We didn't do much with the Queen this weekend. My wife pulled some tacks and nails from the ceiling before she went to wedding Saturday. Sunday we gave a tour of the Queen for cousins visiting from out of town. One the one hand, I love showing the house off, but, on the other, it is depressing when all the progress of the last year can be encompassed in a ten minute tour.

Saturday and Sunday I worked on a mural. I got a good bit finished, but it still isn't done. It did give me a chance to work on my farmer's tan (more of a burn by the second day). The folks that I'm doing it for seem pleased with it, so that is good.

This coming week should be very busy. My wife is going to finish all the staple/nail pulling and begin priming and painting the kitchen. After work every night this week, I'm going to paint on the mural until the bugger is finished.

We're hoping to finish our electrical pole and lay the kitchen floor this up coming weekend. If it all goes as planned, we may be sanding floors and installing kitchen cabinets before too long.


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