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, April 30, 2007

Double Bagged

[The Devil Queen, Summer 2003]

Too be honest, I'm way too tired to maintain that up-beat, morosely fatalistic facade to which you've become accustom. I shit you not, I actually have two bags under each eye this morning.

I have no pictures or engrossing tales for you today. In short, we worked on the Devil Queen all weekend. Friends and family helped us too. We burned through several gallons of paint and don't have a finished room to show for it. Beadboard is beautiful, but it takes three times as long to paint than any smooth surface. And, while I toil at work today, Fidge and Liz are returning to paint some more, and Kenny and his small crew should begin work on the hall and the rest of their impossible-to-accomplish-in-one-week to-do list.

If I'm lucky, I'll be able to take a few days off of work to work on the Queen too because the end is nigh.

Hopefully, I'll a little more for you Tuesday and Wednesday. After that, don't be surprised if you don't hear from me for a week or more.

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