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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Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Wildlife Refuge

Monday night the Mrs. and I met up at the Queen after work. We were feeling ambitious and decided to insulate the master bathroom. It is fairly easy work. I measure and cut the insulation and she staples it up. As we started work, she noticed a sizeable pile of bird crap on the newly laid wood floor.

"Will that stain?"

"I don’t think so," I replied. "It's funny, the Queen has been sitting up here for years with an open attic, but the birds and critters don't start coming until after we close her up. I can't figure it out."

"It makes sense."


"The house wasn't a shelter until we closed it up."

"That's sad. We’ve spent the last three years working on a house that wasn't fit for wild animals to live in. That just doesn't seem right."

She shrugged and started stapling up the next bat of insulation.

On the upside, at least it's fit for animals now. That is progress. Another couple of months and maybe it'll be fit for people.


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