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, April 27, 2006

Chain of Custody

Last week Kenny started working for my mother-in-law.

I an attempt to keep a death-grip on Kenny I’ve had to engage in an elaborate shell-game with him. As of two weeks ago, we were effectively broke. Really, it’s not as dire as it might sound. We’re really not broke, but we’d run out of money to pay Kenny. To buy myself some time to pull more money out of my chapped bung-hole, I asked my mother-in-law if she had any work to keep Kenny busy for a week or so. She did, so I approached Kenny to see if he’d be willing to work for her while we tried to find enough money to keep him. Reluctantly, he agreed.

I spent a lot of time working on this scheme. I was telling my sister all about it, and she said, “You do realize that you’re stalking your carpenter, don’t you?”

“Well, yeah. I can’t let him out of my site until the Queen is finished.”

Anyhow, last week Kenny built a new railing for the back porch and laid wood floors in two bedrooms for my mother-in-law. In the mean time I managed to come up with some extra money, and we were prepared for Kenny’s return to the Queen. As of this week, Kenny has returned. Now, if I can just maintain my death grip on him for 4 to 8 weeks, the Queen may soon be finished. Well, maybe.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

“Well, yeah. I can’t let him out of my site until the Queen is finished.”



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