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Pavelka Farmstead

Pavelka Farmstead

“We turned to leave the cave; Antonia and I went up the stairs first, and the children waited. We were standing outside talking, when they all came running up the steps together, big and little, tow heads and gold heads and brown, and flashing little naked legs; a veritable explosion of life out of the dark cave into the sunlight.” — My Ántonia

The Pavelka Farmstead and the fruit cave described in My Antonia, from which the children emerged in a burst of light and life, is located just south of Highway 4 near Bladen. Restored and managed by the Willa Cather Foundation and maintained by the Nebraska State Historical Society, the Pavelka Farmstead was chosen as one of twelve Hidden Treasures in Nebraska by Heritage Nebraska in 2010 and is on the National Register of Historic Places.