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US Edition. Log in using your social network account. I was expecting to see something there denoting the Waltons, maybe a "John-Boy's Burgers" or a "Dew Drop Inn," or perhaps just a sign pointing out the Hamner house, but I was disappointed and surprised not to find any indication that Hamner had ever lived in Schuyler. I did drive past several large houses, but I wasn't sure which, if any, had been the Hamner house.
After about 20 minutes, I spotted a real estate sign advertising "Waltons Mountain Property For Sale," certainly not the monument to The Waltons that I was hoping to see, but at least an indication that I was in the right place. I'm glad I took a picture of it, too, because the store burned down a few years later.
Unfortunately, it burned down a few years later, though a new store has sprung up in its place. I'm sure Grandpa was rolling over in his grave. My Second Visit to Schuyler Sixteen years later, in July of , I decided to revisit Schuyler during one of my many trips around the U. It was my visit to Schuyler, in fact, that inspired me to create this section of my website devoted to The Waltons.
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Once again, I headed along Skyline Drive, then dropped down into the Virginia piedmont. And once again, as I approached the Schuyler area, I quickly got lost, which is pretty easy to do along the many twisting country roads in that part of Virginia. As I was driving along, I realized that I had absolutely no idea where I was, a sobering admission for a self-proclaimed "geographer.
According to the sign there, the post office had closed in , and the only occupant was a large and unfriendly dog who bore absolutely no resemblance to Reckless. He wasn't anywhere near as friendly either, and barked at me as I got out of my truck and continued to bark as I walked around the nearly-deserted settlement of Rockfish. After I took a few pictures, I made an aborted attempt to pet the snarling canine, then, with my hand fortunately still intact, hopped back into my truck and headed down the road, in search of the elusive Schuyler.
Click here to read a much friendlier description of the "Dogs at the Rockfish Post Office" sent in by a website reader in Click here to read an e-mail I received from the owner of the Rockfish Post Office in John-Boy used to write about hearing the train whistle at Rockfish. This is it. I'm normally a pretty good navigator, but my two geography degrees didn't help much as I drove along the empty country road while trying to figure out where the heck I was.
There wasn't anyone around, and 2. I'm a guy. After a while, though, I found a sign pointing me to Schuyler, and once I got there, I followed the signs to the Walton's Mountain M useum, a large red-brick building near, what I guessed, was the middle of Schuyler.
Back during the Depression when Earl Hamner was growing up, this impressive building, built in , was the community's high school. Earl graduated from this high school in , six years after John-Boy Walton, who graduated from the much smaller Walton's Mountain School, as portrayed in the TV series, in As Schuyler fell on hard times, though, the high school was converted to an elementary school and eventually, in , it was closed and converted to a Community Center. Through museum admission receipts and gift-shop sales, the museum has provided support to Schuyler's food bank, literacy program, fire and rescue squads, children and senior citizen programs, scholarships for high school students, health clinic, and local library.
Obviously, the museum is a great deal for visitors and the Schuyler community alike. Built in , it's much different than the schoolhouse portrayed in the show. As you may recall, John-Boy graduated from high school in and went on to the fictional "Boatwright University.
A fter the program finished, I spent an enjoyable hour in the museum admiring all kinds of memorabilia that only a true Waltons fan like me would appreciate, including signed photographs, the original radio that was on the show, and a replica of the Baldwin sister's "recipe machine. It reminded me of when the kids were little balls of chubbiness all over again. It made me think back on the the days when we would all sit on the couch and watch the Waltons, just to pass a lazy afternoon away.
What is it about having teenagers that makes you nostalgic for little ones again. In addition to the replicated rooms, there were scripts from the show and pictures of the cast. I loved reading through the scripts—is it wrong that I can remember all the episodes? We went in his house! This post may contain affiliate links. These affiliate links help support this site. For more information, please see my disclosure policy.
follow url Thank you for supporting One Hundred Dollars a Month. My mom is in an assisted living unit in Charlottesville. Would you believe that I have never been to visit the Walton museum? Sometimes when something is nearly in your backyard, you just take it for granted!
I think that would be a really cool trip. I watched the show when it was on the air, in fact am the same age as the actress that played Elizabeth and can remember every episode as well. I am on season 4 now as I am streaming them all from beginning to end. How old were your kids when you watched The Waltons with them? My kids were not born yet. On Chanel Comcast tv. Love it. Where in Virginia is this? I would love to visit here! Thanks for sharing.
I have so may great memories of watching it when I was a kid! I love the Waltons!
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