Tusler House repurposed

When Butch and Julie Krutzfeldt bought property in the Yellowstone Valley near the Tusler railroad siding, it came complete with one of the area’s most historic homes. The Queen Anne Victorian home has belonged to the Farnum family, the Brink family and the Henry J. Tusler family, all names familiar to longtime area residents.

The Krutzfeldts knew they wanted to do something special with the property so, for the past few years, they have been slowly developing what they call “The Yellowstone Jewel.”  The house is part of it, as is Camp 21, so named because it was Custer’s 21st camp on the way to the Little Big Horn.  

Krutzfeldt has held historic re-enactments and given tours of the historic sites in the area and now he is opening the home as a venue for events and guest house. The Tusler House will be open tomorrow and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m for tours. Refreshments will be served.

“He decided in March” to restore the home, says Julie Krutzfeldt, and only five months later the four-bedroom, two-bath, 3,000-square-foot home has been restored, redecorated and made ready for company.

The Tusler House sleeps 12 comfortably with two king, two queen and four single beds and comes complete with a full kitchen, WiFi, wide-screen TVs, and a washer and dryer.  The house is not operated as bed and breakfast, although it can be rented through Airbnb.  However, says Julie, the couple has “a list of caterers and cooks” who can prepare meals for events and visiting groups.

The front of the big white house has a full veranda which overlooks a landscaped yard, a horseshoe pit, a full-size teepee that sleeps 12 (somewhat less comfortably than the house), a fire pit and the future event center.  The reception pavilion is still a work in-progress but visitors can see what will available.  RV parking will also be available.

There are six miles of hiking and riding trails on the property, including one that follows the Yellowstone River and provides viewing of birds and other local wildlife.  There is a petting zoo and rocking chairs on the porch for those who like less vigorous activities.

The Tusler House can serve as a wedding venue; a site for family reunions, religious retreats or corporate events, or anything else that calls for beautiful scenery, open spaces and lots of room for seating or sleeping.

The Tusler House and Camp 21 is located seven and a half miles east of Miles City on Valley Drive East.  For more information visit http://yellowstonejewel.com or call 934-1122.