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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Monday, April 10, 2006

Wine Rack

Last week my wife went up to the Devil Queen to talk with Kenny & Burt. They were anxious to see if she liked the wine rack since they’d never built one before. I wish I could record my wife telling this story, a lot of the humor is lost in writing it down. Here it is anyhow:

Burt: “It’ll hold eighteen bottles of wine. Is that enough?”

Wife: “What kind of drunk do you think I am? Eighteen is plenty.”

Burt: “Well, it wouldn’t be if it were beer.”

Wife: “That is what the refrigerator is for.”

Burt: “You never know. Some folks don’t like their beer cold. I know this guy from Ecuador that likes his at room temperature.”

Wife: “I’m an American. I’m not from Ecuador. I like my beer cold. Do you like it at room temperature?”

Burt: “No.”

Kenny: “So you like it?”

Wife: “Yes, it looks great, but I’m not sure how I’m going to paint it.”

Kenny: “Yeah, we didn’t think about that until we mounted it to the wall.”

And, here is the wine rack.


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