Business and Community Directory

Business and Community Directory

Willa Cather Childhood Home
Willa Cather Childhood Home

The Childhood Home, the treasure of our restored buildings, contains many family artifacts including furniture, canned goods, prints and artwork, and family photographs and books. Grandma Boak's room is exactly as described in "Old Mrs. Harris." Upstairs, a "story within itself," is young Willa's (and Thea Kronborg's in The Song of the Lark) small attic bedroom; Willa wallpapered this room herself, taking the wallpaper as pay for her work at Dr. Cook's drug store. The same rose-covered wallpaper is there today.

The Childhood Home was donated to the Willa Cather Pioneer Memorial and lovingly restored by Dr. Wilbur Bennett and his wife, Mildred Bennett, who founded the WCPM. Later, that organization would become the Willa Cather Foundation. The Childhood Home is managed by the Willa Cather Foundation and maintained by the Nebraska State Historical Society.

241 N. Cedar St.
Red Cloud, NE 68970
241 N. Cedar St.
Red Cloud, NE 68970
Willa Cather Foundation
Willa Cather Foundation

The Willa Cather Foundation invites you to experience the life, times, and work of Willa Cather. Here, you can tour her home, read her work, visit her beloved Opera House, and shop the largest collection of books by and about Willa Cather.

Click here for hours of operation

 

413 N. Webster St.
Red Cloud, NE 68970
866-731-7304Website
413 N. Webster St.
Red Cloud, NE 68970
866-731-7304
Willa Cather Foundation Bookstore
Willa Cather Foundation Bookstore

The Willa Cather Foundation Bookstore offers an extensive collection of books by and about Willa Cather, as well as select books by regional authors. Shop the wide selection of prints and photos, posters, videos, apparel, and Cather memorabilia. Be sure to pick up some of the beautiful, hand-crafted domestics made by the Willa Cather Foundation tour guides.

413 N. Webster St.
Red Cloud, NE 68970
413 N. Webster St.
Red Cloud, NE 68970
Willa Cather Foundation Tours
Willa Cather Foundation Tours

In partnership with the Nebraska State Historical Society, the Willa Cather Foundation offers guided educational tours of Willa Cather's childhood home and other historic buildings related to her life and writing throughout the year. Discounts are offered for school students and groups of twelve or more. Group tours should be arranged in advance by contacting Tracy Tucker, Education Director, at 402-746-2653 or ttucker@willacather.org. Parties of less than twelve do not require advance notice and are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes in advance of our regularly scheduled tour times.

Tours of Country sites, such as the Pavelka Farm and the George Cather Home, require advanced notice. Please click here for more information. Self-guided tours are also available and maps of the County Tour and Town Tour are available at the Willa Cather Foundation.

Winter Hours (October 1 – March 31)

Monday – Friday: 
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday:
 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 
Sunday: 
Closed

TOUR TIMES

9:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:00 p.m. No Saturday afternoon or Sunday tours. 
For tour prices click here.

Summer Hours (April 1 – September 30)

Monday – Friday: 
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday:
 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 
Sunday:
 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

TOUR TIMES

9:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:00 p.m. No Sunday morning tours.
For tour prices click here. 

CLOSED: NEW YEAR’S DAY, EASTER, FOURTH OF JULY, THANKSGIVING, CHRISTMAS EVE, AND CHRISTMAS DAY.

413 N. Webster St.
Red Cloud, NE 68970
402-746-2653ttucker@willacather.org Tour Website
413 N. Webster St.
Red Cloud, NE 68970
402-746-2653
Willa Cather Memorial Prairie
Willa Cather Memorial Prairie

The Willa Cather Memorial Prairie is a botanical treasure consisting of 612 acres of never-been-plowed native prairie. The Willa Cather Foundation is working to return this land to its 19th century conditions, a time before the encroachment of man and foreign plant species.

The importance of the prairie in shaping America's art, history, and culture has been lost to much of the world. Of the millions of acres of grasslands that once covered the continent, only a small percentage remains. In order to protect the last American prairies, extraordinary efforts must be made not only to preserve them, but to bring visitors to the prairie, to teach them the importance of this special ecosystem. As the largest relict prairie in six counties, the Willa Cather Memorial Prairie is the perfect setting for teaching in nature.

Birders will enjoy our special location which features many grassland species, including eastern and western meadowlarks, eastern and western king birds, upland plovers, wild turkeys, bobolinks and other New World blackbird species, vesper sparrows and their many related grassland sparrows, wood ducks and other migratory birds, and greater prairie chickens. The Cather Prairie is listed as a National Birding Site and is a partner site of the Chicken Dance Trail. We are also partners in the Great Plains Ecotourism Coalition.

The Cather Prairie also boasts an ever-changing tapestry of native grasses, flowers, and forbs. Some of our most notable species include big and little bluestem, side-oats, hairy, and blue grama grasses, indian and switch grasses, as well our native cool-season buffalo grass. The wildflower season stretches from April through October, beginning with the sedges and fringed puccoons, and finishing big with ten-petal mentzelia and several varieties of sunflowers and goldenrod. In between, primroses, asters, native thistles, prairie coneflower, echinacea, dalea, ironweed, and many others grace the edges of our visitor trails. 

5 miles south of Red Cloud
Hwy. 281
Red Cloud, NE 68970
5 miles south of Red Cloud
Hwy. 281
Red Cloud, NE 68970
Williams Funeral Home
Williams Funeral Home
241 West 4th Ave.
Red Cloud, NE 68970
(402) 746-2500
241 West 4th Ave.
Red Cloud, NE 68970
(402) 746-2500
WPA Murals at the Red Cloud Post Office
WPA Murals at the Red Cloud Post Office

The Red Cloud Post Office is home to three mural panels commissioned as WPA projects. Archie Musick, who studied under Thomas Hart Benton and Boardman Robinson, is the artist who was awarded this project. He aimed to explain through these paintings — “Loading Cattle,” “Stockade Builders,” and “Moving Westward” — the advent of white settlement, the movement of Indian tribes to the west, and the thriving industry of cattlemen. 

310 N. Webster St.
Red Cloud, NE 68970
310 N. Webster St.
Red Cloud, NE 68970
Yost Farm Cottage
Yost Farm Cottage

Yost Farm Cottage is a modern three room cottage located on the edge of Red Cloud in the heart of Catherland. This quaint cottage sits next to a restored one-room country schoolhouse. Enjoy country life just a few blocks from Cather's childhood home and the Red Cloud Opera House. Open on a seasonal basis. 

1144 Road GH
Red Cloud, NE 68970
(402) 746-2856
1144 Road GH
Red Cloud, NE 68970
(402) 746-2856
Yost Farm School
Yost Farm School

This schoolhouse, known as North Star of Webster County School District 81 and referred to as "Little Tin Schoolhouse" was located near Cowles, Nebraska. It was built in 1887 and closed in 1959. In 1989, it was moved to its current location on the Yost Farm. The inside walls feature the original wainscoting. The ante room features an overshoe bench, wash stand, water bucket and tin cups, as well as a coat rack along one wall.

Many school children experience the past by participating in hands on activities at the Yost Farm School. These activities include: churning butter, washing clothes, grinding coffee, peeling apples, roping, playing old fashioned games, and square dancing in the barn. They can also experience what learning was like at a country school. The school farm setting is also used for club meetings, family reunions, church groups, filming movies, and Willa Cather Foundation Spring Conference Activities.

1144 Road GH
Red Cloud, NE 68970
402-746-2856
1144 Road GH
Red Cloud, NE 68970
402-746-2856
Zion Lutheran Church
Zion Lutheran Church


 

802 N. Franklin St.
Red Cloud, NE 68970
402-746-2859boggs4x4@hotmail.comWebsite
802 N. Franklin St.
Red Cloud, NE 68970
402-746-2859

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