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 07, 2008

Weekend Update

Unless charging an obscene amount of money for plants and landscaping materials to your wife's credit card counts as working on the house, we didn't do anything on the Devil Queen this weekend.

Instead, we bought Gideon his first real bicycle and spent the afternoon at the park on Saturday. Sunday, we went sailing with his grandparents. And, I'm not even sorry.

Don't worry, the misery will continue this week.

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Blogger Sandy said...

You absolutely deserve a nice break like that! Beautiful picture.

4:03 PM  
Blogger Christy ~ Central Air said...

What a nice boat! Is that a Catalina?

Good for you!

A fellow sailor and loyal reader of your blog,

4:08 PM  
Blogger John said...

Sandy, thanks.

Christy, thank you. The boat is my in-laws. It's a lovely Catalina 27. They got it for steal too.

5:48 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Sailing! I can't wait for summer so WE can go sailing, too! How fun.

6:13 AM  
Blogger kingstreetfarm said...

That must have been such a welcome relief.

7:19 AM  
Blogger sarah said...

Hey now! Landscape/hardscape can add value to your house's appraisal. Besides, I have to say it counts or I'll start a guilt trip over how much I've spent the last 2 months at HD & Lowes. It's just so nice to be able to work outside again after all that winter!

2:18 PM  

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