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, November 21, 2005

Dreary, Cold Weekend

The weather in Arkansas went from summer like highs in the 90's to winter highs of the mid 50's over the last week or so. Apparently, fall was optional and omitted this year. Since we're still working on the Queen's exterior, we've really noticed the temperature change.

I can't wait until I get to fire up the pressure washer next week.

Our digital camera is still AWOL, so no pictures of the Queen. It's a shame because there are some visible signs of progress. Our plumbing is 99% finished. We need do a few minor things and we can check the system. Then, the water will be turned on. A working bathroom is nearly inevitable after that. We also have working lights in the our kitchen. The last hole in the exterior siding was enclosed, and I began sealing in the crawlspace.

We are gluttons for punishment (and disappointment), so we're setting January 1st as an arbitrary deadline for moving into the Queen. For this to happen, we need to close in a couple gaping holes in the floor, re-install about 6 ceiling boards (1 in the living room, five in the main hall), have a working kitchen (install cabinets, counter top, sink, and stove), have a working bathroom, wire up the ac/heat unit (should happen this week), replace one pane of glass, and finish two bedrooms. Oh, and the additions will need ceilings. Proper front steps would be nice too.

What can I say? We're crack heads, very ambitious crack heads.


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