National Willa Cather Center

Red Cloud, Nebraska

Step into the pages of Willa Cather’s literature with a visit to Red Cloud, Nebraska — the most famous little town in America. Nestled in the heart of the Great Plains, this 1880s village served as muse for six of Cather’s twelve novels and numerous short stories.

Tour Willa Cather’s childhood home and six additional historic sites related to her life and writing. Spend a quiet evening in elegant bed and breakfasts, the Cather Second Home or the Red Cloud B&B at the Kaley House. Take in a performance or exhibit at the fully restored Red Cloud Opera House and art gallery. Hike the trails and enjoy a picnic at the 612-acre Willa Cather Memorial Prairie; discover the Starke Round Barn, the largest round barn in the nation; and explore our pioneer heritage at the Webster County Museum.

Delve into a vast collection of Cather-related museum and archival pieces. Shop in the Willa Cather Foundation’s well stocked bookstore and gift shop or at neighboring downtown retailers located along charming brick streets. Set to open in 2017, the National Willa Cather Center will welcome visitors with enhanced educational experiences, including the permanent exhibit, American Bittersweet: The Life & Writing of Willa Cather.

Red Cloud is a one-of-a-kind cultural attraction and the perfect destination to spend a peaceful and educational weekend. For assistance in planning your weekend escape, contact our concierge at 402-746-2653 or email Mention code HZN2016 to receive a free O Pioneers! commemorative poster.