The Sigdal House is the oldest in North Dakota. A 230-year-old house
from the Vatnas area of Sigdal, Norway was selected to be
representative of a typical house from old-time Norway.
It was purchased by the Scandinavian Heritage Association from
Thorvald Watnas and restored with museum standards by Arne Svarstad and
crew. The house was then dismantled with each log being carefully
numbered for accurate reassembling. Even the old moss which was used to
seal in between the logs was saved along with the rocks that formed the
fireplace. The entire house was carefully packed in an overseas
container and shipped to Minot, and Svarstad and his helpers
reassembled the house in the park.
The decorations on the doors inside the house as they were painted
about 1800 by the famous painter from Sigdal, Guldbrand Larsen Foss and
were restored by artist Hans Wold prior to the house coming to America.
The completed house was dedicated on October 15, 1991
as a tangible reminder of the important part our forebears have played
in the lives of all of us.