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Willa Cather State Historic Site

Photograph of Willa Cather  [W689-766] Walk a mile in her shoes!

Willa Cather, Nebraska's Pulitzer Prize-winning author, spent her formative years in Red Cloud. Many of the scenes and characters in her writings are based on the people, streets, and landscapes Cather encountered here in her youth. Visit eight period structures that influenced her writing, including her childhood home, the Catholic and Episcopal churches, the Garber Bank, the Burlington Depot, and the Pavelka Farmstead, home of Annie Pavelka, the basis for the title character of Cather's most famous novel, My Antonia. Cather's collections of writings and notes are available to researchers at the Willa Cather State Historic Site or at the Nebraska State Historical Society's Library/Archives in Lincoln, 1500 R Street.


April - September:
8 - 5 Monday - Friday
9 - 5 Saturday
1 - 5 Sunday
October - March:
8 - 5 Monday - Friday
9 - 1 Saturday


413 N Webster
Red Cloud, NE

Map of Red Cloud


Tour prices vary, please call 402-746-2653
Admission fees are waived for NSHS members.


Cather Childhood Home
Garber Bank
St. Juliana Catholic Church
Grace Episcopal Church
Burlington Depot
Pavelka Farmstead

Group Tours:

Tours are available year round.
Tours and pricing information
Please call ahead to make reservations.

Mailing address:

Willa Cather State Historic Site
413 N Webster Street
Red Cloud, NE 68970-2550




Additional Locations:

Nebraska National Register Sites in Webster County


See the Willa Cather Pioneer Memorial and Educational Foundation website for more information.

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Last updated 20 September 2012  

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