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, February 17, 2006

"It Is Time for Stormy Weather. . ."

If the weather is half as bad as the predictions, I'm sure there will be no work on the Devil Queen. We're in for sleet, freezing rain, and a couple inches of snow. Nice. Having to spend all weekend trapped in my little blue house isn't too bad, except I'm worried that we'll loose power with all the ice. We have two or three pieces of firewood left, and unless I work a Jesus-like miracle, I don't see those three logs keeping us warm for three days if the power goes.

Kenny came by last night for his weekly pay check. I haven't made it to the Queen this week. We've been too damn busy. Kenny said they stripped all the drywall out of the dinning room & living room (a good thing), tore up the rest of the red masonite flooring in the dining room, installed a door from the dining room to the back porch, and a few other small jobs.

Today, the master bathroom ceiling should be installed. Once the ceiling is in, we'll have to do an invitatory of all our remaining wood. If we have enough wood, we'll use it for a few more walls. If not, it's time to order some drywall.

It'll probably be Tuesday or Wednesday before I'll be able to visit the Queen with my camera, so no photos till then.

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