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, October 16, 2006

Destroying Old Homes Like Sherman

I found these pictures in a local history book (History of the River Valley or something of the sort).

Here is a picture of the home of Lawrence Russell, son of Dr. Russell (the name sake of Russellville, Arkansas).

Here is a picture of Russellville’s founding father, Dr. Russell.

The Devil Queen (at her original location) and Lawrence Russell's house were only two blocks apart from one another. Both survive the Fire of 1906. What else do these two houses have in common? To the best of my knowledge, neither can be found in Russellville. If I were a bit more diligent, I’d have a picture of what lovely piece of “progress” has replaced Lawrence Russell’s house. Why preserve the past when you can have a real tin building for less?

And, in case you're wondering, Dr. Russell's house, the first in Russellville, was demolished too (in 1970's or 1980's I believe). Why? Because we value history.


Blogger Kristin said...

Oh, you've gone and depressed me. What an adorable house that was. I hate progress. One that makes me sick in Eutaw is the Eutaw Hotel. It was destroyed to make way for a new courthouse for all the drug dealers.

2:40 PM  
Blogger Chris and Mandy said...

That's the saddest thing I've read all month. What a waste.

6:56 PM  
Blogger Jason & Heather said...

That's terrible. My girlfriend and I love to go exploring and find old, abandoned houses. There's quite a few that we've found that are now long gone. It's tragic to find a really cool house then drive by a month or two later to find it gone.

1:51 PM  

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