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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Wednesday, July 12, 2006


We finally did it. We have moved into the Devil Queen. I think this officially makes us members of the feculent hell-hole, camping-with-a-mortgage club now.

Even though our current digs have a glorified shanty town feel too them, it is still much nicer than the first fixer-upper we lived in five some-odd years ago (we wore shoes indoors for about 6 months because it was that disgusting). I have pictures but you’ll have to wait until later in the week for those.

A major plus is that the AC actually WORKS! You have no idea how exciting this is. The first two nights we stayed at the Queen we just left the windows open. The first night wasn’t too bad, but the second night was terrible. Sure the Queen is hemoraging cold air like a trama victim, but I can sleep confortably damnit. To hell with the electricty bill.

Living in the Devil Queen is a mixed blessing. On the one hand, it’s nice having a place of our own again. On the other hand, it is less than ideal in a number of ways. First of all, we feel like bad parents since we can’t move our son in with us yet. We are still in the process of making the Queen baby friendly (clean, safe, and locking doors so he can’t escape). Until this happens, he will be staying with his grandparents.

The most frustrating part is we are hostages of our insulation contractor. Until he finishes, we won’t be able to effectively move forward. We figure that when insulation gets blown into the attic that a certain amount of dust et cetera will filter down through some of the cracks between the ceiling boards in the unfinished rooms. Babies + insulation dust do not mix. Insulation dust + tacky, half-dried polyurethane don’t mix either.

In the mean time when we can drag ourselves away from our contractor voodoo doll, we’ve been working on some small projects. And, Jack came up the other day and put in our mailbox. Why he volunteered to do this I don’t know but we’re extremely grateful.


Blogger Allison said...


If you are anything like me, when there's construction going on in the house, you'll have a vague, unpleasant, unsettled feeling until the house feels like a home again.

I coulda used one of those voodoo dolls about a year ago...

2:28 PM  
Anonymous Brenda from Flatbush said...

Congratulations! Don't feel guilty about leaving the little shaver out of the construction site for awhile, it's the right choice. (Although babies would love insulation if they were only allowed to enjoy it.) Have you cooked in the kitchen yet? That was the big turf-takeover-moment for us...

6:14 AM  
Blogger John said...


The house is slowly starting to feel like ours. We haven't been able to use the kitchen yet (lacking two more coats of polyurethane before the appliances can go in). The first time I cook dinner will definately be a turning point in our eternal struggle.

I used the shower for the first time today, and it was extremely nice. Another one of those significant milestones.

7:05 AM  
Blogger JLynnette said...


I can't imagine how glad you must be to finally be in the house. I know I'm tickled for you.

10:03 AM  
Blogger BungalowGirl said...

Can I get an amen?! Have been following along for over a year now and this is the post we've been waiting for.


8:47 PM  

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