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, October 13, 2006

Old House Attention Deficit Disorder

My wife and I had a conversation this week about the Devil Queen. We both agreed that we were tired of working the Devil Queen and that we’d rather be work on another house. Not any house in particular, just not this one. Somehow, this seems sick. Are we suffering from a rare pathogen or mental illness?

A symptom of the illness manifests itself as an uncontrollable need to look at other people’s homes. And, worse yet, we take pictures so we can, um, enjoy them in the privacy of our home.




This home is in Dardanelle.

Lithium or institutionalizing? Is there hope for us?!

3 Comments:

Blogger Jocelyn said...

You must be pretty well-rested to be fantasizing about other homes. When I'm well-rested, I get all sorts of crazy ideas like to dig out the basement myself or jackhammer our sidewalks and put a patio in (I will do this one eventually).

5:56 PM  
Anonymous Angus said...

Stalking old houses eh? The old house papparazzi.

4:47 AM  
Blogger John said...

Jocelyn,

Actually, we're exhausted (and delusional?). I think the urge to move on to a new house is our way of escaping the monotony of the Devil Queen.

Here is another bit of trivia on the house shown here. According to my wife, when this house was on the market a few years back, it sold for $40,000 and probably dates back to the 1870's. Any takers?

9:59 AM  

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