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, October 21, 2005

The Illusion of Control

There is a military aphorism that runs something like, "Even the best laid plan never survives first contact." I've got my weekend pretty well planned out, but I know there isn't a snowball's chance in hell the it'll go the way I think it should.

Saturday I get to watch my son for a few hours in the morning. Then, Charlie and I will head up to the Queen to plumb our little hearts out. My wife works all afternoon. We're supposed to meet up at home at the end of the day. Then we have an exciting number of chores to attend to (cleaning house, grocery shopping, painting and installing new bathroom trim, and who knows what else).

Sunday, my mom has volunteered to come up to scrape wallpaper in the master bedroom. I'm guessing that Charlie and I will still be plumbing, and perhaps the Mrs. will come along for an exciting day of manual labor.

Now, what'll actually happen remains to be seen. On the upside, the weather is supposed to be beautiful.


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