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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Thursday, November 03, 2005

Little Bits

There isn't much new to report on the Devil Queen. We've been too busy to swing by the Queen to see if our electrician has been by yet. Late nights at work, minding the young master (i.e. my son), impromptu visits from mental disturbed in-laws (seriously, they have the papers to prove it), and what not have kept us thoroughly entertained. By the time I get home, going to bed is the top priority on my agenda.

I've heard rumors that our local Lowe's is going to get a major face lift. I'm not sure if it'll be an improvement or not. I have a recommendation for any Lowe's marketing gurus that may stumble across this blog. If you are going to sell door locks, you might consider carrying the blanks for the these locks in your key cutting area. Just a thought.

While I was at Lowe's last weekend, I stopped to have some extra keys made for our contractors. I assumed that since I'd bought the lock there, they'd have blanks for them. Wrong. I know it was a pretty stupid assumption on my part. Customer convenience? Why bother? I mean, it's got to be easier for me to drive down the street and spend my money elsewhere than for you to order another set of blanks, right?

I've been reading a lot of posts about insulation lately. This Old House Magazine ran an informative article about environmentally friendly insulation this month. You might pick it up if you're interested. I checked their website, and, unfortunately, it's not posted online.

I've had several very interesting conversations this week with folks from all over the state. I think there may be a few posts in there somewhere, but I haven't sorted it all out into coherent little bits.

Gary over at This Old Crack House had an excellent post today. I'd refer anyone considering a DIY home restoration to check it out before you begin. And, if you are just getting started, it probably wouldn't hurt to visit either. The importance of managing your expectations and knowing what you're in for can not be overstated. Go check it out.


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