Friday, October 28, 2011

Trip To Walton's Mountain Museum

Walton's Mountain Museum
Schuyler, VA

Recently we took a trip into the Mountains around Charlottesville, VA and the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina.  Walton's Mountain is a favorite place of mine because I consider the Walton's to be my "fictional" family but in many ways, they are more of a family to me than my own biological family.

I have been here before but just getting to see this again was a treat.  On the way to the museum, we came through the back country roads and basically got ourself lost.  I calcualted that we went about 50 miles out of our way.  While it was beginning to get a little "hairy" on these back winding mountain roads, it was some beautiful scenery that we would not have otherwise gotten to see.

Walton's Mountain is based upon the Hamner Family who lived in Schuyler, Virginia.  Here are just a few pictures that I took in the museum.  If you are ever in that area, it is a great place to go especially if you are a fan of the show.

If you click on the individual pictures, they should open up into a much larger view.

Here is a picture of John Boy's room.  I always connected with John Boy because one of the early lines he made about his writing.  He stated that if he didn't write things down, they would get all jumbled up in his brain.  I often feel the same way because my mind creates at a high rate of speed.

The living room from Waltons Mountain show.  I always liked this room because it seemed so warm and inviting.  Anyone who came to visit them was made to feel at home.  You just don't find that much at times and I think it is something that helped make our country strong.

The kitchen from Walton's Mountain.  I can just look at this and imagine Grandma and Olivia making supper for the family or baking up some delicious things to eat.  I can't really imagine how difficult it would be to cook in these primitive conditions.  Yet, for their day, this was most likely a very modern kitchen.

I figured I needed to go in and help Ike and Corabeth Godsey get the mail sorted out.  You know, sometimes those two just couldn't get along and didn't always work well together.  It only took me a minute in there with them to straighten things out.  And lo and behold, someone snapped a picture of me when I least expected it!

This is the original house of the Hamners which the show was based upon.  Earl Hamner (the creator of Walton's Mountain) was born and raised here.  None of the family live here any longer and someone bought it to help preserve it.

Walton's Mountain School which is now the museum.  Pretty impressive display inside and a nice movie of interviews with the actors and various scenes.  Plenty to look at and read inside the museum.

To learn more about Walton's Mountain

For more pictures from our trip into the Blue Ridge Parkway, check out the following blog post on October 29, 2011.  Some beautiful pictures of the mountains when the leaves were turning.  

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