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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Friday, September 02, 2005

Counting My Blessings

I've spent a lot of time watching the mess in down in Louisiana & Mississippi on the news. The last two days I've seen a couple convoys (1 Arkansas National Guard, 1 group of NW Arkansas paramedics and ambulances with flat-bottom boats in tow) heading south on my way home from work. Two of my co-workers have family down there, and all of them are mercifully safe and accounted for.

Really, in perspective, none of my problems are anywhere near that bad. It certainly doesn't leave me anything to bitch & moan about.

This Labor Day weekend I'll be working on the Queen. Hopefully we'll finish the kitchen floor, strip some more wallpaper, and make some progress in general. As for the rest of my time, I'll spend it with my wife and son thinking about how lucky I am. Things could always be far, far worse.

Best wishes to the folks at That Old House.


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