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, September 01, 2006


I have always wanted a castle.

When I was kid, I loved the Lego castle sets. I spent many a summer vacation building, laying siege to, and rebuilding castle after castle. David Macaulay’s book Castle just fanned the flames.

This fetish eased its way into the background as I got older. However, working on houses has reawakened this old demon. And then I found this.

[The second picture is what it should look like when they finally finish]

The very short version of the story is: a Frenchman always wanted to build a medieval castle so he started to in 1996. They are building it by hand with period (c. 1263 I think) construction techniques. There are about 49-50 full-time employees and it ought to be finished in 2023. So many tourist have started coming to see it that the project became self-sufficent after the first two years.

The AP wire and some other news source have been running stories about this place the last two days. Here are some links to them if you are interested:

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

And, here is Guedelon Castle’s official website (in English).

Maybe I need to sell everything and move to France to become medieval stone mason. Or, maybe I just need to build my own. Arkansas has plenty of rock if nothing else. Besides, I’m far more reasonable than these folks. I’d be willing to settle for tower.


Blogger Jennifer said...

Oh me too. I saw the article about that on CNN and I think that's my new vacation spot. (After I win the lottery, of course.)

I have always wanted a stone tower out in the middle of nowhere. :)

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