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, March 17, 2006

Erin Go Bragh

Happy St. Patrick’s Day.

Instead of being lame and staying at home, we’re knocking off work early and driving out to Altus, Arkansas to celebrate at Kelts Pub. It’s probably the only place in rural Arkansas where you can get Guinness on tap.

Ironically, we have a whole lot of German immigrants to thank for this luxury. They came over from the Old World, built a Catholic monastery and planted acres upon acres grapes. If can believe it, Arkansas has several commercial vineyards, and Altus is the heart of Arkansas wine country. Since most of this part the state still doesn’t believe that Prohibition was done away with in 1933, this anomaly is rather remarkable. Personally, most of the wines are too sweet for my taste, but I really appreciate the effort they put into making, selling, and drinking wines.

The weather is supposed to be terrible for the weekend: highs in the 40’s and lots of rain. Saturday we’re going to cruise pawnshops and auctions to look for our tools or replacements for them.

Sunday, we’re thinking about actually working on the Queen. Wild idea, isn’t it?

Here are few pictures from this week. First, we have the Queen with her lovely new spot lights.

A gratuitous moon shot.

And, our master bedroom ceiling. If you've never scrapped paint off a ceiling, you don't know how much fun you're missing. Feel free to come over and try it some time.


Anonymous said...

Hey, we got a 140 (+) year old Victorian in the centre of Campbellford, Ontario Canada. Oddly the place where all the styrofoam cups are made and the site of the World's Finest Chocalate ( now in Chicago, restructuring I'm told), anyways, love the photos. You ain't worked 'til you handsand floors,which involves the knees, neck and shoulders also.
Great shot of the moon.
Sean and Mary
Drop in if you're ever by this way.

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