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, October 10, 2005

Rotten Repaired

Here is the finished repair. For some reason, I find doing fancy carpentry work like this very intimidating. The bay window is one of the real show-case features of the Queen and one of the first things people see when they come to the house. If I screw it up, it'd be hard to cover up.

I lucked out on this though. I used a board salvaged from the original front porch for this replacement piece. The board thickness was identical to the rotten one. I was thrilled. A perfect match is a rare find. I took my time measuring, remeasuring, cutting, and trimming until I had a snug fit.


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