Feb 26, 2012

Our Trip Up Walton's Mountain

A few years back we took a trip up the mountain to see Earl Hamner's Home and
The Walton's Mountain Museum in Schuyler, Virginia.

The 11 mile ride up the mountain was absolutely beautiful! A beautiful stream or it could have been the Rockfish River was flowing across lovely rocked areas. Children were swimming, people were fishing. It was really beautiful.  If you get the chance to go you should.

Before we went up the mountain we went into this store, which was filled with autographed pictures of the actors and memorabilia, it was interesting to look around in there also.

Click here for The Walton's Theme Song

Clerk in store

kind of a pot bellied stove in store

Up the mountain we go


Click on this home picture to see great story of Mr. Hamner. Did you know his ancestors came from Italy to help Thomas Jefferson? They brought with them grapes to start winery hence Falcon Crest...Very interesting reading. 
hit the pic to see a few interesting details..

Update: Since the passing of  Mr. Hamner the link now goes to The Walton Hamner House site.

The Hamner Home

Interview with Earl Hamner here

Earl Hamner

Did you know that he has created and written many more TV shows, screen plays, movies, books.

He has a very interesting past with many productions.  The webpage is no longer up but his talents led to many shows which include: Falcon Crest, Twilight Zone, Charlotte's Web.

Click the link to hear the Waltons Theme Song
It will take you to the music on another page. You will be able to return here.

More Waltons Earl Hamner  Information here

Cast Drawings by Julie Landis found on Earl Hamner's Webpage (which sadly no longer exists)

Earl Hamner on the Walton's Set

Schuyler School
Walton's Mountain Museum

Please excuse the poor quality of my personal pictures our camera was on it's last leg.
The following are in the museum

Side wall in Living Room

Wall at the Front Door in Living Room

right side wall in Living Room

Kitchen shots

John Boy's Room

Ike and Corabeth Godsey's Store and Souvenir Shop in the museum

Last but not least
an actual moonshining still confiscated by the local authorities
The Baldwin Sisters pride and joy.

The Hamner Family Link
Each member and who played them in the show

I've been told that I like talking about the old times.. I guess that's right. I love the present too and look forward to the future, but guess I am very sentimental and it shows. Maybe it is because I have this front porch and rocking chairs and live in the middle of nowhere. It could be that I remember my grandparents sitting on their porch and reminiscing.  I believe it is that I love the simple things in life and always have.

Update & Father's Day Story 

Earl Hamner, Jr Storyteller 
Hope you enjoyed your trip up Walton's Mountain
Scroll down to see a fantastic short video of the man and his many talents.

Recently I saw the episode Founder's Day it was in Season 7 Episode 23. It touched my heart as most all of them do but this one was very special. Watch it if you get the chance.

Judy Norton for a behind the scenes look


Museum Website Address = http://walton-mountain.org/

Mailing Address = 6484 Rockfish River Rd, Schuyler, VA 22969

Email:  waltonmt@cstone.net

Phone (434) 831-2000


  1. Man, you look over the pictures and it brings back such great memories. The Walton's were such a part of everyone's families for years, like a part of the family! Thanx!


    1. Hi Clint,
      I am so glad you came by! You are so right, wonderful memories!
      Perfect that you have a seed giveaway, very appropriate since you are spreading seeds of all kinds.

      Everyone Clint has a giveaway! Check it out!

  2. That's awesome, Dolly! I remember that show so well. I didn't know there was a museum and everything. I would love to go there sometime. Thanks for sharing!!

    1. Hi JoAnne,
      It is so good to hear from you! It is awesome I agree, funny how something so simple can seem so grand. I hope you do get there sometime. Though it is so simple the ride getting there, so quite and peaceful, words can't explain the beauty of it all. Earl Hamner really did have a wonderful life there I am sure of it now. Thanks for visiting!

  3. OH, I LOVE this show. They are always airing episodes on The Hallmark Channel. Did you know that the "Walton" home on the tv show, was later used as The DRagonfly Inn in the tv series Gilmore Girls? Yep...and parts of Rockfish, are also the set for Stars Hollow in Gilmore Girls ;) :) I recognized some of the sets :) :) Love and hugs from the ocean shores of CAlifornia, Heather :)

  4. Hi Heather,
    I love it too. No I did not know that..thanks for the information. Makes sense that they would recycle things..
    Hugs to you from South Carolina

  5. Oh I loved this post. Sounds like you had a wonderul time! I loved watching the Waltons!

    By the way, it that cotton fields in your header of blog? I love it. Would love to have some in my yard.

  6. Hello,
    I am so glad you stopped by. Yes that is cotton. It is so pretty when it is full white looks like snow. never even knew the blooms were so pretty until I walked the field. I loved the Waltons too! Thanks so much for the very nice comments.

  7. Hi Dolly, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

  8. Hi Chris,
    Thanks for the nice compliments, and for following. I hope you will visit often and now I am heading over to your blog and will follow!

  9. To this very day, "The Waltons" is still one of my favorite TV shows of all time. I'm quite sentimental, too, so older family shows from my childhood conjure up wonderful memories.

    Thanks for linking to Time Travel Thursday. I hope you'll join the fun each week. ;)

    Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage

    1. Hi Liz, I really love that show too! Glad I am not by myself in the sentimental department. I want to thank you so much for hosting the Time Travel Thursday, it is a lot of fun and we get to meet so many new people and learn so many new things!

  10. Love love love The Waltons -- always have, from the time it first came on when I was a junior in high school. We own the complete series on dvd and watched through it over the past couple of years as a family (we have never had cable or satellite so my children had never seen it before). Thanks for sharing.

    1. Such sweet comments, I sure love them too. They just don't make good shows like that anymore and I wonder if they ever will...Thanks for stopping by!

  11. Ohhhhh, that was a great post. I LOVE the Waltons. Watch at least one re-run a day. That show is a daily shot of pure, unadulterated JOY! Loved reading this post. Love, love, loved it. Susan

    1. Thanks so much Susan! I do love them too. You are right I love how you described it! You are so sweet, I am so glad you came over!

  12. Karah,
    I am so glad you did! I love your blog and now follow you! Thanks for the invitation!

  13. I loved watching this show when it was on. I always wanted to live in their house and be a member of their family. Thanks for this trip back in time for me....! :)

    xoxo laurie

    1. So glad you came by. I know wasn't it the most genuinely good show. I would have liked to live in that house too. I am glad you enjoyed it.

  14. When I watch the Waltons It always takes me back to my childhood

  15. I've been watching The Walton's reruns for a couple weeks now, since a personal life tragedy gave me a deep need to experience simpler times. Its brought many a tear to my eyes. Really like this show

    1. Hi Bunni,
      I'm sorry for your tragedy. Times can be so hard in life. The most simple things in life are sometimes the most important. The Walton's are so sweet and they remind me of my grandparents and how they lived.
      You take care of yourself and I will be praying for you.