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, August 07, 2005

Wisdom of the Day

The other weekend my wife and I were running some errands in Russellville. This included a stop at The Frame Shop so I could talk with Suzanne, the owner, about some upcoming art shows.

The Frame Shop is in an old building in the historic part of downtown Russellville. I'm not sure how old it is, but it has to be close to 100 years now. It is separated from the railroad tracks by a thin splinter of land and a two lane road. You can look out the front windows and watch the trains roll by.

Suzanne did a real nice job remodeling the building's interior. You can see all of the exposed ceiling beams, the original brick walls, and a nice pine floor. My wife asked Suzanne if the floors were original to the building.

"Oh, no. Those are new. I wish that I'd never laid it," Suzanne replied.
"It's beautiful. Why don't you like it?"

"The floor of this building is below grade, and it has flooded before. It makes a mess of the floor. I wanted to keep the floors concrete, but I listened a husband and put it down anyway."

"Well, it looks good anyhow."

Suzanne glanced down at the floor and shrugged, "Live and learn, stay stupid and die ignorant."


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