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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Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Wire Rats

Even though my wife and I have been indulging our debouched, decadent selves, this doesn't mean that work has stopped on the Queen. Jack and his lovely assistant spent Saturday and Sunday at the Queen running an obscene amount of wire through the Queen's walls. Winter made a surprise return over the weekend, so their efforts are especially admirable.

I haven't been up to the Queen since Saturday afternoon, so I'm not sure what is finished. I know they finished running all the wires for the master bathroom, though, do to the room's slovenly, unfinished state, they haven't been wired to the switches, lights, et cetera. Our hall bathroom has a working light and I believe all the wires have been run in the front parlor/bedroom. I'm not sure if the outlets or light switches have been installed yet.

Even if we assume that most of these wires haven't been connected, the electrical system is about 80% complete at this point. That excites me.

Many thanks to Jack and his lovely assistant. We definitely owe you.


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