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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Sunday, July 15, 2007


When I say I’ve been extremely busy, I’m not lying. However, it did occur to me that it isn’t the only reason why I haven’t been rushing to get on with working on the Devil Queen. I am sick of working on this bloody whore. Really. I apparently burned up lot of energy and motivation during those few months leading up to the appraisal. And, I know that I’ve whined about motivation et cetera before, but, at this point, I don’t care. If this doesn’t change soon, it will become a problem.

Today we spent six hours hauling lumber we salvaged from the Devil Queen’s roof and porches three years ago. It has been in storage at Scarlet’s grandparents house since then, and they asked us to come and get it since they are trying to sell their house now. We hauled it all to Liz’s as payment for all the painting she did on the Queen this year. She’s scavenging building materials for a small cabin she’d like to build on her property up in the hills north of Atkins. Pretty land.

We have impeccable timing. Today was the first day in weeks that it didn’t rain. It was also the hottest day of the year to date. I think it was nearly 100 degrees out. Good timing, no?

You'd think that after hauling off four huge truckloads of lumber that we’d be finished, but we are not. We still have one truckload of rocks and three or four loads of bricks; this is going to the Devil Queen for the retaining wall, patios, and walks. I don’t know when we’ll get around to that.

And, my camera has been in Bentonville for the last two weeks, so no photos for you all. I have couple interesting bits I’d like to share, but I guess that will have to wait too. Bugger.

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Anonymous mindy said...


There's always hope that you'll find your mojo again... I thought I was completely over it, and then BAM (to quote an overweight tv star slash toothpaste salesman.)

You guys made a huge push though, I'd give it a few weeks and a few ice cold beers. Some mind/body relaxation might be all that's needed to get you revved up again.

6:04 AM  
Blogger Peg-woolinmysoup said...

What is it with deadlines that keep our mojo, even when we don't want to! Maybe company coming to visit might do it for you - give the little push, but you deserve a bit of a break, so enjoy!

8:45 AM  
Blogger John said...

Mindy, I like the way you think.

Peg, I'm not sure that company coming to visit would help at this point. I not even sure if I'd bother putting on clothes for company much a storm window, etc.

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