Willa Cather Birthplace Home Up For Sale

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The neglected birthplace home of Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Willa Cather in Virginia has gone on sale for $200,000.

The c. 1810, 2,561 square feet farmhouse is a Virginia Landmark Property and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. However the four bedroom, one bathroom property has been unoccupied for decades and is in danger of collapse, with nature quickly reclaiming the land.

According to agents Braddock Realty: "The house is in very poor repair and fans of the famous author are hopeful the property will fall into the hands of someone who will bring new life back to this property... It has some impressive woodwork and hardwood flooring that would delight those who love those homes of yesteryear."

A second house dating from the 1920s and also requiring work is also part of the sale which sits on a plot of nearly six acres.

The National Willa Cather Center in Red Cloud, Nebraska already owns a dozen properties associated with Cather and is undertaking a comprehensive restoration of the The Willa Cather Childhood Home, but is not currently in a financial position to buy the birthplace property where she lived for a year before the family moved to another home nearby.