SEEING SITE BECOME TEXT
Regardless, it is fascinating to visit the site and read the words from that her last novel, especially since the home still is surrounded in willow trees: "The slats of the green window shutters rattled, the limp cordage of the great willow trees in the yard whipped and tossed furiously by the wind. I had been put in my mother's bed so that I could watch the turnpike, then a macadam road with a blue limestone facing." It particularly emphasizes how landscape shapes a writer's language, which certainly is evident in Cather's later prairie books reflecting her third home in Nebraska.
Willow Shade is a private residence, and though one can view the home and the setting easily by pulling over in the road just to the home's right off of Route 50, it is not recommended that exploration occur on the private property.
This site was created by Emily Kane as part of the University of Virginia's American Studies program.