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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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Fiddle While Rome Burns

As part of our on-going Fiddle While Rome Burns divertimentos, Scarlet and I abandoned the Devil Queen to its fate (which is saying something since most of the state has been experiencing 100 year floods with six months of rain in six weeks) and took a decadent three day excursion which included a seven course tasting menu with wine pairings at Ashley's at the Capitol Hotel, horse races, a spa, ducks, raw oysters, Guinness, scotch, a college reunion, shopping, and more.

And, if that weren't enough, we sandwiched all of this in between plant hauling, ditch digging, landscaping, gravel hauling, and house cleaning.

Work hard and play hard because life is short.

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Blogger Sandy said...

Good motto there, John!

6:09 PM  
Blogger John said...

Thanks. But to be honest, I don't feel like I've done enough of either up till now. I aim to change that.

6:45 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

Dude. Am I ever with you. If it weren't for the breaks (and, by the by, I love the "fiddling while Rome burns" reference) I'm sure I'd be in a padded room somewhere, calling for my heat gun, sandpaper, and a vase of tulips.

Little Rock actually sounds pretty nice, after clicking on your linkages.

5:54 PM  
Blogger John said...


Little Rock has come a long way in the last twenty years. When I was in school, you didn't go downtown with a group smaller than at least half a dozen. Now, the same area is filled with bars, live music, resturants, art galleries, etc. They've even revived the old street car trolly system. And, even with all the recent economic troubles, they're still building (and selling) loft apartments and condos overlooking the river. It's not London or Paris, but it does have its own charms.

8:11 AM  

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