Willa Cather Birthplace

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Willa Cather Birthplace
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Willa Cather Birthplace, April 2013
Willa Cather Birthplace is located in Virginia
Willa Cather Birthplace
Location NW of Gore on U.S. 50, near Gore, Virginia
Coordinates 39°16′3″N 78°19′27″W / 39.26750°N 78.32417°W / 39.26750; -78.32417Coordinates: 39°16′3″N 78°19′27″W / 39.26750°N 78.32417°W / 39.26750; -78.32417
Built 1850
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 78003017[1]
VLR # 034-0161
Significant dates
Added to NRHP November 16, 1978
Designated VLR September 21, 1976[2]

The Willa Cather Birthplace, also known as the Rachel E. Boak House, is the site near Gore, Frederick County, Virginia, where the Pulitzer Prize-winning author Willa Cather was born in 1873.

Built in the early 19th century by her great-grandfather Jacob Seibert, the house was added onto and remodeled in 1850. Cather's maternal grandmother Rachel E. Boak lived in the house at the time of her parents' marriage in 1872.[3] The simple farmhouse was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.[1]

Cather and her parents lived in the house only about a year before they moved to nearby Willow Shade, also listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 1883 the family moved to Red Cloud, Nebraska, where Cather grew up.


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. 
  2. ^ "Virginia Landmarks Register". Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Retrieved 5 June 2013. 
  3. ^ Emily Kane, "Willa Cather Birthplace", So What If Poe Was Here? Identifying and Evaluating Virginia's Literary Landmarks, University of Virginia, accessed 10 Aug 2010