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, June 19, 2006

Seven to Ten

That is my hopeless little timeline for moving into the Devil Queen: seven to ten days. It could happen, but will it?

The weekend didn’t start out too well. The drum sander we reserved wasn’t there when showed up at 8:15 AM or when I came back at 9:30 AM. The guy who’d rented it the day before decided he needed to keep it for another couple of days. This begs the question of why they call it a reservation if you don’t actual get what you reserved. In any case, there are no other floor sanders for rent within about 30 to 40 miles, so I decided to change my work plans.

Saturday and Sunday we worked on finishing the master bedroom. If we pull this off by the end of the week, I’m going to sand it and the kitchen floor next weekend and move in a few days after that.

Preparing the master bedroom wall is more work than we expected. The walls are filthy and it takes forever to clean them. Then there is the tack pulling, blah, blah, blah. In short, we’ll be doing good to finish painting the master bedroom this week.

Sunday, we were feeling frisky so we decided to try out the tankless hot water heater that services the master bathroom and the hall bathroom. And, not to jinx ourselves, it seems to work. No leaks, no fires, et cetera. After about 30 seconds, we get lots of very hot water (and it’s only on the medium setting). It’s absolutely amazing (so far). For the first time ever, we took a bath at the Devil Queen after a day’s worth of work. We actually went home clean for a change. Once again, it was amazing.

I have pictures, more details, et cetera but it’s been a hell of a Monday, and I have a lot to do and to survive so I can eat good Mexican for dinner.


Anonymous mindy said...

Just wanted to say good luck - I've got my fingers crossed for you, hope you make your deadline!

3:00 PM  
Anonymous Brenda said...

First bath--wow!!! That's up there with 'first cooked meal.' Primal. Good luck.

3:48 PM  
Anonymous Patrick said...



This is an invitation to join our family in the wonderful world of "living through it." You don't need no stinkin' toilet. Don't worry about the lack of a kitchen. Wet floor?--that's what ladders and windows are for. And don't forget, holidays are extra special when you hide Easter eggs in all the wonderfull nooks and crannies of a gutted home... :-)

Join our misery, err, adventure...

4:25 PM  
Blogger JLynnette said...

I think it's great you got to try out the new tub and hot water system. This is certainly a milestone.

8:15 PM  
Blogger Tarr said...

How big (# amps) is your water heater? Is it electric? And did it keep up with your tub? Did you turn the water jets on? Or is this for clawfoot tub that tried to maim you?

I have purchased a whirlpool tub and a tankless electric waterheater etc. but without water, I am sorely without information.

What do you mean by "frisky"?

5:08 AM  
Blogger John said...

Thanks everyone!

Patrick, thanks for the invitation. We'll be joining you and your family shorty. And, thank you for the 12 Step Program. Until you mentioned it, I didn't even realize that I had a problem. Isn't that the first step?

Tarr, see my new post for some answers to your questions.

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