Historic cabin in Medora gets some long overdue maintenance

One of the most historic homes in Medora is getting a much needed upgrade, and it belongs to the family whose name is synonymous with Medora. 

Anyone who has been to Medora has heard the names Harold and Sheila Schafer.

“North Dakotans know that Harold and Sheila Schafer, along with their family are the reason why modern day Medora exist,” said Randy Hatzenbuhler, Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation President.

The house that sits on the corner of third and fifth used to be their residence.

“Around 1981 this property that we call the Schafer cabin . . .  had been this museum.. . . they made it into their personal residence,” said Hatzenbuhler:

However, this past year the house had a little trouble.

“The pipes burst during the Winter, and all of the floors were damaged,” said Hatzenbuhler:

The Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation felt it was time address the structures 50 year old age with some much it needed maintenance. 

Since April improvements have been made to the interior and exterior of the house, and currently 20 new windows are being installed by Western Product that were donated by Renewal By Andersen at no cost. 

Hatzenbuhler said he is grateful for the donation the two companies made, and the work being done would of cost TRMF about $50,000.

Hatzenbuhler has lived in the house with his family since Sheila Schafer passed away in 2016, and he wants to make sure the improvements leave a minimal footprint on the house.

“We feel like we are living in museum”.

Visitors to Medora often come by and visit the Schafer Cabin to get some insight on the couple that turned Medora from a Ghost Town to one of the top tourist destinations on the Western Edge. 

And Hatzenbuhler hopes the maintenance keeps the cabin, and the Schafer’s legacy around for another 50 years. 

The Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation expects the work on the house to be done by the end of the month. 

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